My Top 5 Picks for Fall

My Top 5 Picks for Fall

This post contains affiliate links. Inspired by this week’s Sorta Awesome podcast episode, I’m sharing my top 5 picks for fall. On Sorta Awesome, Megan and I share our top tips, but here are 5 more for you! I’m covering my favorite pumpkin desserts, a product that saved my marriage, how I'm filling my freezer, and a Netflix binge that won my heart. My Top 5 Picks for Fall 1. I'm slowly filling my freezer by batch freezer cooking. Since September, I have been putting one thing on my meal plan each week that can be doubled. One batch we will eat that night and then second batch will go in the freezer. I've done big freezer cooking days … [Read more...]

Dear First Time Mom (the real reason why parents are more relaxed with baby #2)

The Real Reason Why Parents are More Relaxed with Baby #2

Dear First Time Mom, Motherhood is hard. Really hard. Don't look at your friends with more children and think that they must have it so much harder than you do. Yes, they have different challenges than you do, but they also have experience on their sides. The first time you bring a baby home, you have no idea what you are doing. You may have taken a class to prepare. You probably read parenting magazines or blogs. Perhaps you experienced babysitting. All of that is helpful, but it is nothing compared to the experience of actually parenting your baby. After one of Grace's first doctor appointments, I asked the nurse, "So what do I do … [Read more...]

Happy 6th Birthday, Grace!


Every year I write my children a letter in honor of their birthday. This letter is in honor of Grace's 6th birthday. Dear Grace, This past year was a big one for you. You experienced a lot of new challenges and it was stretching for both of us. First there was preschool. You adapted to going to morning preschool two days a week very well. Your cousin, who was also in your class, became your best friend. You delighted in following the rules, and you learned how to actually do this crazy thing called school. But then we got the letter from the school that your teacher would be gone for the last three months of the year. Grace, I … [Read more...]

Reader Survey Results – Do you agree?

Can we talk?

I am so thankful for each of you that answered my reader survey. The results were really interesting, so let's dig in and talk about it. To all the brand new blog subscribers: I am happy to have you here! Many of you joined for The Just Clean Something Challenge. Please excuse me as we do a bit of housekeeping here and chat about the survey. Of course you are welcome to take the survey if you would like to chime in. Click here for the survey. Talk to me about you! Gender: 98% female - no shock there! Age: 41% 30-39 years old 22% 40-49 years old 14% 20-29 years old Children: 90% have children 36% have at least 1 child age … [Read more...]

The First Day of Kindergarten Almost Broke Me

One mom's emotional struggle with her daughter's first day of kindergarten.

My precious Grace entered the new world of kindergarten. I thought I was prepared and wouldn't be that emotional about it, but I should have known better. Other people's "first day of school" photos have been making me cry since Grace was a baby. Why did I think it would be different for me when it was my own child??? The stress started for me the night before her first day. We had kindergarten orientation that evening and I was more than annoyed that we were receiving critical information the night before school started. One new piece of information that I found out was that I needed to send a snack with Grace every day. On the drive … [Read more...]

Gender Stereotypes in Kids: How should we respond when they take a step outside of the box?

Gender Stereotypes in Kids: How should we respond when they take a step outside of the box?

Three different things happened recently that gave me pause and made me ask, "Why are we doing this to our kids?' The first: I was in a cafe working when I overheard a boy around 7 years old saying that pink was his favorite color. A woman in her 30s discouraged him with a smile and asked, "What does your dad think about that?" Everyone at the table was smiling and it may have all been a joke, but the message was clear. Boys shouldn't like pink. If they do, surely their father will be disappointed.  The second: My family was at a children's museum when a 3 year old girl joined us at a table with coloring supplies. She grabbed a … [Read more...]

Wanna Know How Much Money I Make on YouTube? {sorta awesome 21}

Sorta Awesome Podcast - a fun celebration of all things in life that are sorta, amazingly awesome!

Have you heard the fabulous news yet? I am a regular co-host on Megan Tietz's new podcast Sorta Awesome. This week Megan and I uncovered the awesome of YouTube. I am personally addicted to YouTube. Although I love watching several YouTubers, but biggest fascination is with YouTube culture and we explore all of that in this episode. Plus we dig into YouTube as a career, and how much money I earned from my own viral video. Whether you are a newbie to YouTube or you watch it daily, this podcast episode has something for you. You can click here to listen to this episode in your web browser or you can search for Sorta Awesome in your podcast app … [Read more...]

Every Breastfeeding Mother Needs to Hear this Important Message

This is the most important breastfeeding advice that you've probably never heard!

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I created this video for all the breastfeeding mamas out there. This is for every woman who is nursing or who hopes to nurse in the future. This is the most important breastfeeding advice that you've probably never heard before. And just in case you are tempted to skip this video because you are sure it doesn't apply to you, please don't. Take a moment to watch. Listen to my story. See the tears in my eyes as I share my story. And then share it.  Every mother breastfeeding mother needs to know that this can happen to them. By sharing the message of excess lipase activity, you have the potential to … [Read more...]

4 Fun Vacation Pranks

I can't wait to use these fun vacation pranks on my family!

Last week I was sitting with my toes in the sand and a book on my lap. It was one of the most glorious vacations of my life. Nate and I rented a beach house along with 3 other couples and we all left our children behind. It was glorious. I repeat: it was glorious. Nate and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have a little harmless fun with some vacation pranks. All it took was a little planning and $5. It was totally worth it. 4 Fun Vacation Pranks 1. Nutella on the Toilet Seat - This vacation prank was 100% Nate. He told me weeks before we left for the beach that he needed to pack Nutella. Multiple times a day he smeared a little … [Read more...]

How to Build a Love-Filled Home {sorta awesome podcast 17}

Sorta Awesome Podcast - a fun celebration of all things in life that are sorta, amazingly awesome!

This week on the Sorta Awesome podcast, Megan and I are talking about how to create a love-filled home. We are giving our best advice on how to set up routines and rhythms, when it might be best to ignore all the Pinterest perfect printables, and how to snap out of your grumpy mood before it ruins the entire day. Once again Megan's awesome of the week completely had me intrigued. A couple days ago I sent her a picture of me exploring her suggestion along with the caption "Because you pretty much control my life." That is truth right there! Megan has a gift of being able to get my hooked on things. You can click here to listen to this … [Read more...]