There are many times when our home feels like a farm. Chores are never ending, much as I would imagine a farm to be. Mouths have to be fed. Clean ups are needed. The days seem to run on a somewhat steady schedule. And it is noisy! Though the sounds of animals are not to blame, the sounds come in the form of arguing, giggling, squealing, and non-stop talking from two adorable little children. Occasionally our cat will wake up… Read more »


Over time, I have seen posts and articles on essentail oils and been somewhat interested. It wasn’t until last spring that my cousin really introduced me to the magic in those little bottles. (Thanks Robyn!)  Those who are around me now know pretty quickly that I am slightly obsessed with essentail oils. I have been sold on them since I bought my first starter kit. After much, much research, I chose Young Living oils and love them more with each… Read more »


Today was one of those days. And tonight, as my family sat around the table eating dinner, they started. All of them. My husband, my son, and my daughter. They all lied. Told fibs. Spoke untruths. But with each falsehood, I listened and I fell in love with them all even more.  Today was one of those days. The kind your mom warned you would come. When your feet are knocked out from under you and you just wish the… Read more »


Recently, I decided to become a travel agent. It came with much thought and consideration, and in all honesty, I should have pursued this years ago. When asked to describe things I love, traveling is always in the top three. Over the years, I have been fortunate to see many great places and experience many things, but my love for finding new adventures makes me realize just how much of the world is still out there to explore. Nothing can… Read more »


Well, today is the big day. My son starts first grade and next week my daughter starts preschool. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the end of the school year, but here we are, going back. And this time both of my children are going. (Kleenex is ready to go for the next few days. I will miss them terribly.) Before school ended for my son last year, I made a list of all of the things we… Read more »


Markers are a huge part of our lives right now. I never imagined that would be the case, or that I would ever give markers much thought, but they (along with Play Doh) are pretty important in the world of my three year old. And they are everywhere- intentionally. A bucket of markers rests under our coffee table, a pack in the drawer, an extra pack in the cabinet, a pack in my daughter’s room and a box in the… Read more »


Choosing what to prepare for dinner can be challenging for me. Often, I stick to our favorites and find myself catering to the likes of a precious and picky three-year-old in our home. This means that we sometimes get into a rut with the same old meals over and over.  For Mother’s Day, my mother-in-law purchased me a week of meals from Blue Apron. I was excited to try out this meal delivery service and see what it was like…. Read more »

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In my former life (this means life before children and becoming a stay-at-home mom), I was a teacher. Though it seems like ages ago now, my years as a teacher were some of the best and the worst years of my life. I had years that make me smile to think back on, and years that still make me shiver. The best years of my teaching career took place in the special education classroom. For several years and two different… Read more »


I am watching it happen right before my eyes. It hasn’t snuck up on me, but I haven’t been able to stop it either. I knew it would eventually happen. And now, it is.  Though I am not sure exactly what point in time the hugs got a bit shorter, the playtime didn’t require me from beginning to end, and my assistance in getting dressed was no longer needed, but it happened. Slowly and surely, days to weeks to months… Read more »


Celebrating the 4th of July is one of the highlights of summer. And while each year we say “Happy Birthday” to America in slightly different ways, things are also kind of the same. One thing is for sure, for us, the 4th of July is made of family, food, fun and fireworks.     Growing up, celebrating the 4th of July meant going down to the river for a fish fry with family and friends. We are in the South after… Read more »