Hey Mama Who Occasionally Screams at Her Kids: This One’s For You

I screamed at my kids the other day. I’m embarrassed to admit it, and the inner people-pleaser in me wants nothing more than to delete that first sentence altogether. But for the sake of transparency, I’ll lay out the truth void of neatly tucked edges and flowery language. I’m a minister’s wife and writer whose sole purpose in life is …

The Detrimental Lie Moms Believe

I missed it—the first basket my son ever scored in an actual basketball game. And for weeks I have felt like a failure. It would be one thing if I had missed the game for a good reason. You know, I was absent because I was stranded on the side of the highway, trapped in my crushed vehicle which was …

Quick and Easy Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

I know, I know. The girl who hates to cook is posting another random recipe. But the good news is, you can guarantee that if this girl is taking time to post a recipe, it must be super easy and tasty! Allow me to give you a little background information before I share this surprisingly scrumptious, quick and easy, no bake, …

One Tool Every Blogger/Business Owner Needs and Why

When I began blogging, I was clueless. All I knew was that I felt God leading me to write a book and starting a blog seemed to be the best way to begin that journey. Since I didn’t personally know anyone at the time who had a blog to seek advice from, I did the only thing I knew to …

Wipe Your Own Butt, Kid! Love, Mama Bear

If there were a prime candidate for the least likely woman ever to be a butt wiping, snot sucking, poop inspecting mama bear, not to mention keeper and protector of small children, it would most definitely be ME. I never babysat. Like ever as a teenager. And I can only distinctly remember babysitting a grand total of two times when …

6 Steps to Sanity for the Anxiety-Driven Woman

A few items mentioned in this post were gifted to me. As always, all opinions are my own. I had an epiphany this weekend—you know, one of those ah-hah moments where all of life’s frustrations suddenly make perfect sense (or at least most). In order for you to fully understand this moment of enlightenment I experienced, here’s what you need …

5 Ways Shape Mags Is Developing Children’s Creativity and Problem-Solving Skills

Thank you Shape Mags for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are mine alone.  Kids amaze me because what their tiny minds are capable of is astounding. One of my children in particular is quite the inventor. He can take the most random odds-and-ends from around our house or yard and deconstruct, build, and ultimately wield them into newfangled, …

Finding Power in Our New Normal: Confessions of an ASD Mom

(Thank you April Sawyer Photography for capturing this sweet shot of my boy.) Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)—it’s difficult for me to express exactly what feelings stirred up inside of me the first time I heard these words in reference to MY child. My thoughts were one jumbled mess as I attempted to settle into the fact that we would be …

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How to Whitewash a Brick Fireplace

I am not usually the crafty type. I want to be, but sadly, I am not. Recently, I thought I’d be real adventurous and whitewash my brick fireplace. I know, right? What was I thinking?! (See my post explaining my love-hate relationship with Pinterest crafts like this DIY project for further explanation.) Me, the non-crafty one decided to embark on …

How to Simplify and De-stress At Christmastime

A special thank you to Shutterfly for the beautiful Christmas cards featured in this post. As always all opinions are my own. When did Christmas get so darn stressful? It wasn’t too long ago that the only responsibilities I had around Christmas time were singing carols about Jesus, kicking back in my mom’s car to gaze out the window at …