Of all the chaos in the world, and all the chaos in our own house with two young, growing, rambunctious kids… the drive to school in the morning is kind of a special time for me. It’s a few minutes without video games, TVs, loud toys, running, yelling, screaming (if we’re lucky), when my kids and I can really talk. We talk about the day ahead, upcoming plans… about everything from the lunch menu to what they want to be when they grow up.
But whatever we talk about, the last thing I always say to them before they hop out of the car and disappear into the crowd of kids is, “Be brave & kind.” (more…)
Lots of fabulous mamas have said they love my hat from my Mother’s Day social media posts. (more…)
Mom bloggers like me often talk about the importance of self-care. And I do believe it’s vital and, unfortunately, often overlooked. And we aren’t the only ones who need self-care. Here’s a shout-out to the dads out there who need it too! (more…)
I did something crazy the other day. Something I don’t do very often. I washed and fixed my hair.
I know, I know… it’s a little extravagant. And it wasn’t even a special occasion.
And as a result, I had to take a selfie… or two… after I dropped the kids off at school. I mean rare occurrences need to be documented, right? (more…)
Living in Florida, it’s pretty much summer most of the year. And along with all of the beauty that paradise brings.. beaches, water, palm trees… It also has it’s drawbacks, like the effects of the relentless sun on your skin and your hair. (more…)
As a mom, there are many small and sometimes major moments that signal to you that your kids are getting older and they’re no longer babies. Some of these moments cause a sigh of relief… like when they’re potty trained, when they can feed themselves and when they finally stop sticking everything in their mouths. But some are a little more bittersweet… like when they’re embarrassed to have you kiss them when you drop them off at school, or when your daughter starts to rebuff the pretty, fluffy bows you’ve been sticking in her hair for years. That last one especially stings me lately. (more…)
I have a confession to make. I love Mother’s Day. I mean, what other day of the year do you have kids and husband fawning over you and constantly telling you to relax… and sometimes that even happens. But that’s not the confession. The confession is that I am so self-centered, I think Mother’s Day is all about me. But it’s not. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for an amazing mother of my own. But… back to the self-centered part… I tend to leave my own mother’s gift to the last minute. :I
If you’re anything like me, rest assured that mother’s day gifts don’t have to cost a ton of money or take a ton of time to pick out, buy, or make. What matters is that the gift comes from the heart. It can be as simple as a book you know she’ll love, a cute coffee mug or a comfy pair of pajamas.
I also have the perfect gift card covered for you in this Mother’s Day Gift Card Bundle! (more…)
As a creative soul, I dreamed of getting a Cricut for a while. I pinned endless blog posts about amazing creations but figured it wouldn’t ever be for me. That is until I found a way to get it affordably and start creating without spending a ton of money.
Now I love my Cricut and can’t imagine not having it. I’ve made my family tons of cute things, I made nearly all of last year’s Christmas presents with it, and I’m even making a little money on custom shirts.
If you’re dreaming of getting a jump on your Cricut dream, try some of these ways to do it on a cheapskate’s budget. (more…)
All I can say is thank goodness school is almost over. Between running to dance classes, baseball practices, and PTO meetings, I’m pretty much exhausted. But I don’t want the year to end without properly thanking the saint-like teachers who have nurtured my kids and helped mold them into smart and kind people.
Here are some super simple ideas for teacher gifts that you can make for just a few dollars each, as well as tons of printable gift tags to make them look perfect. No need to sift through my previous posts and pay separately for each tag, you can get them all here in one bundle for just 99 cents! (more…)
We’re a big baseball family primarily because of my husband. He’s a lifelong St Louis Cardinals fan and we love going to games whenever we can.
We’re also lucky to live in Southwest Florida where lots of teams come for spring training.
But going to the ballpark can be a huge expense, especially with kids, and especially if you don’t plan ahead.
So check out this checklist before you go so you can save a ton of cash. (more…)