Just a few weeks ago, we were enjoying the early stages of fall. It was slowly starting to cool off and we were all thankful the humidity was calming down – and then suddenly, the cold weather hit. We are officially in late fall to early winter weather here, and I am looking forward to all the cozy nights in to come. Fall and winter are just the perfect time to curl up on the couch and take a little extra care of ourselves, right? We can all use just a little extra care.View Post
You guys, I cannot believe it’s November! That means it’s my favorite time of year, and the holidays are well on their way. I never feel anywhere near prepared enough for all the events coming my way – the parties, the gifts, the onslaught of birthdays in my family – there is so much going on that it’s hard to keep up, let alone be ready for everything.View Post
If you’ve been reading here for any length of time at all, you know that fall is my favorite season. Then again, most young moms would likely say the same. There’s something about it – the leaves changing, school back in session, and the air finally cooling off that just changes your perspective on things. So many people crave new things when the calendar hits January 1, but for me? That all happens in the fall.View Post
I have a confession to make – Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays.
Growing up, it always just seemed like a lot of work, and my favorite part was passing out the candy – because then I could take the good stuff for myself (I mean, why would I give away all those peanut butter cups?). My girls, however, LOVE Halloween. They get that from my mother-in-law, who has made Abbie’s (and now Ella’s) costumes for the past few years. Abbie usually picks her costume by mid-September, and my mother-in-law then has plenty of time to sew it.View Post
When Abbie was born, I was determined that once we started solids with her, she would be the best eater. I was going to be sure to introduce all different kinds of foods, and that she would like everything – fruits, veggies, protein, and more. There was no way my kid was going to be the picky eaters my little sisters were – including one sister who subsisted on frozen pizzas and bologna sandwiches for years.View Post
For the past few months, I’ve been doing everything I can to make our mornings easier. Getting 2 adults and 2 kids out the door in the morning is not easy (especially when you leave by 7am). I’ve been making as many of my meals ahead of time as possible. First up is breakfast – inspired by this recipe from Skinnytaste – with a few changes to make it work a bit better for me.View Post
We are officially finishing up week two of kindergarten around here, and it’s been the best two weeks. Abbie comes home excited about her day, tells us funny stories (like the time she had three breakfasts one morning), and beings home all kinds of papers and projects. Ella, on the other hand, is just excited to see her sister at the end of the day, and they are really developing more of a sisterly relationship every day.View Post
Well, we finally made it. Abbie starts Kindergarten tomorrow, and our entire family is so excited. She’s ready. We’re ready. It’s time to start the big adventure of school, and we just can’t wait. I feel like Kindergarten is one of those milestones you don’t forget as a parent. Of course, I can’t remember my own first day of Kindergarten at all, but I doubt I’ll forget this. For the first time, she’ll go off to a school we didn’t select (other than by where we live) and have a teacher we didn’t meet and choose ahead of time. It…View Post
Hey look! I’m back – writing a blog post. Imagine that. Maybe you’ve noticed I’ve been absent here, or maybe you haven’t. Other than a few sponsored posts I had already committed to here and there, I haven’t been around too much… because as I’m sure you all know from firsthand experience, things have been busy. This season of life has been so full. Our home is full of laughter and the wild antics of these two girls of ours. Our work lives are full of new skills, new friendships, and navigating new experiences. Our social lives are full of friends,…View Post
I know I’m not alone when recognizing that summer as a mom isn’t always the glory days so many of us thought of as kids. To be fair, summer wasn’t my favorite as a kid, either! Summer here in Virginia comes with hot, humid days, summer thunderstorms, and tons of sunscreen. It’s not always easy to keep your cool in the summer – both physically and mentally!
So if you’re trying to figure out how the heck you’re going to get through this crazy summer with your kids – I’m telling you, you are not alone. They may be small things, but here are just a few ways to keep your cool in the summer!View Post