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 …

6 Fun Christmas Traditions for the Holidays

There are two types of people in the world: those who listen to Christmas music in November (spreading cheer and sunshine to all they meet) and those who prefer to word vomit “bah humbugs” across Facebook posts that depict Christmas décor hung before Thanksgiving Day. Answer me this: are you even a Christian if you fall into the latter category? …

4 Common Mistakes Parents With Young Children Make

Defeat. Never has the impact of this word struck me as forcefully as it did when I found myself recently staring into the mirror… or maybe it wasn’t exactly a mirror…more like a miniature version of myself… one of my children to be 100% accurate. But it might as well have been a mirror. The words, “Are you kidding me?!” …

10 Reasons Why Fall Is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Thank you to the various shops for the complimentary items.  As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Fall, Autumn, Harvest—no matter how you say it, this time of the year is sincerely scrumptious. The rich hues of reds, oranges, browns, and golds and the savory scents of pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon make my heart go pitter …

What Mom Really Wants for Her Birthday

Thank you to the various shops for the complimentary items.  As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. There comes a time when birthdays just aren’t the same as they once were… and that time is called motherhood. Let’s face it. Nobody else is scouring Pinterest to plan the perfect birthday bash for us. Oh no. We sure …