Practicing What I Preach…

Do you do this too?

Do you ever remind your kids (or maybe your spouse or a friend) of all the areas they need to improve — and right in the middle of all that reminding, you remember … [More…]

Countdown to Christmas

Ready to celebrate the month of December and the Christmas season? We are so excited to offer our latest guide … The Overwhelmed Mom’s Guide: Countdown to Christmas. To get your free copy, … [More…]

Beat the Back-2-School Blues

Can you believe it’s back-to-school time already? It seems like we’re just finally settling into our summer routine (and remembering how to slow down and relax) and now it’s time to shift … [More…]

Marvelous (Summer) Mondays

Mondays and I haven’t always had the best relationship. In fact (if I’m being completely honest), during the school year, I flat out dread them.

But Mondays have a new life during the … [More…]

Summer Starts with the Unexpected!

So our first official week of summer did not turn out exactly as I expected.

You’d think I would’ve learned by now to expect the unexpected, but even I wasn’t prepared when my daughter … [More…]

Our Summer Party (almost) Failed

So we had our big welcome to summer celebration and it was almost an epic fail.

Things started off pretty well…my plan was to do a little something that I knew each kid would … [More…]

In his eyes…

Love this boy.

The other morning, as we were all eating breakfast, I noticed that Good Morning America was about to make a big announcement.

“Look,” I said to no one in particular, … [More…]

February LOVE Challenge: Week 3

As amazing as our children and our spouses are, life would not be the same without our friends.

They listen to us, encourage us, and let us know that we’re not alone. They offer to help … [More…]

February LOVE Challenge: Week 2

Focus on YOU!

Even though I was planning on saving this part of the challenge until the end of the month, I figured some of us moms might need a little TLC right about now.

Taking care … [More…]

February LOVE Challenge: Week 1

Focus on THE KIDS!

Can you believe it’s already February? To help celebrate the month of love, I am working through a Love Challenge all month long! The first week focuses on showing some … [More…]

Why I Won’t Give Up on our Christmas Countdown

For the past three or four years, I rush into December, full of good intentions and plans for 24 straight days of Christmas Countdown activities. We always start out strong – for the first … [More…]

The Truth About Thanksgiving

I wanted to give you all a quick update on our #BestThanksgivingYet – I have to say that it did not turn out as planned, but was still pretty awesome!  Here are a few highlights:

With … [More…]

#BestThanksgivingYet – The Menu

Planning the Thanksgiving meal can definitely be the most overwhelming part of the holiday, especially for those of us who struggle in the kitchen (ahem). Here is my strategy for a … [More…]

#BestThanksgivingYet – Decor

Continuing with my “simple and sweet” theme for Thanksgiving, I’m excited to work on the decorations. Here are my plans:

1 – Review what I have
It amazes me every year, when I take the … [More…]

#BestThanksgivingYet – The Traditions

Wow, how is it already time for Thanksgiving next week? November is going by too fast, so it’s time to get with this planning…

I’ve decided to tackle the “easiest” part of the prep … [More…]

How to wake up early (from an anti-morning person)

So, every once in a while, I get real honest with myself…I actually own up to the areas where I’m just flat out falling short. And the more I think about it, the more I realize just how … [More…]

5 Secrets to a Great Date Night

So a crazy thing happened this week. My husband needed to attend a work meeting in New York City, and (since our last trip together was about 7 years ago), he asked me if I wanted to join … [More…]


I feel silly (and maybe a little embarrassed) to admit this, but Thanksgiving has never been my favorite holiday. Maybe it’s because I am not a big fan of turkey and dressing…or maybe it’s … [More…]

Why My Skillet Lasagna Didn’t Get 5 Stars

Last week, I started off pretty easy with cheese biscuits, but this week I decided to take it to the next level with the Skillet Lasagna from the Pioneer Woman’s great new dinnertime … [More…]

Duchess Kate’s Lastest Fashion Choices — and how we can’t please everyone!

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This morning, I was skimming through the latest news headlines on Facebook (my trusted source for up to the minute news), when I came across a shocker: … [More…]

My First Attempt at the New Pioneer Woman Dinnertime Cookbook

So figuring out what we’re going to eat for dinner is one of my biggest struggles in the kitchen (it ranks right up there with, you know, figuring out breakfast and lunch) — so when I saw … [More…]

What to do when you’re stuck

Does this happen to you too? You’re working on a goal, and everything’s going pretty good, and then suddenly – roadblock! Maybe your children get sick or maybe you discover a leak in your … [More…]

How to think of everything…

I’ve been having a lot of the same thoughts lately, thoughts like: How could I not think to bring a basketball to her practice? or Why didn’t I think to have him practice his report one more … [More…]

Super Moms: The Power of a Compliment

It was a Monday, and I’ll be honest: I’m not a big Monday fan. It seems like right as we’re getting used to the whole weekend thing, Monday comes along and ruins it. But, I digress. This … [More…]

What I (Almost) Never Leave Home Without

So I discovered the need for keeping an “emergency bag” in my car the hard way. After the diaper-bag-phase ended with my first child, I didn’t realize I would have a need for an occasional … [More…]

It All Matters (and other life lessons from the Texas Rangers)

Tired of the daily grind? Think no one really notices if you finish the dishes or the laundry or change another diaper? Feel like all the little stuff is just pointless? Well, I want to … [More…]

How to Harness the Power of an Hour

One thing I’ve learned as a mom is how precious time is — and how quickly it goes by (except, of course, between the hours of 3pm and 5pm!). If I ever get some free time, I want to make the … [More…]

You are their Super Mom

I am not much of a singer (I mean, I’m really, really bad)…but despite the fact that I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, I get to give a concert to one adoring little fan every single night … [More…]

From Vent to Victory…

So I could go on and on about all the things my husband does well (he’s pretty awesome!), but one thing he struggles with is listening to me vent. He either: a) tries to finish my sentences … [More…]

Baby Steps Still Move You Forward

This morning, my children woke up asking for waffles (I may have mentioned that just happens to be the one item I’ve mastered in the kitchen) — and so I happily obliged. As I prepared to … [More…]