Keeping the kiddos safe is a number one priority for parents. Sometimes when parents run errands they may unconsciously scan for things that could be dangerous, like frayed ropes on park swings, a truck reversing, or a deep pond nearby. But at home parents can just relax, right? Only if there has been a conscious effort to […]
My sister-in-law is due with her first baby at the end of summer. We are SOO excited for them! As I’ve chatted with her about becoming a mom for the first time, I’ve reminisced on all the things I did and felt as a first-time mom. I didn’t know what to expect as a new […]
We are trying to incorporate health into all aspects of our life currently. Our fashion sees us wearing Fitbits and other smart watches to track how far we’re walking and how many calories we’re burning per day. Our diets are ever changing as we morph from paleo to carb-free to whatever the next celebrity is […]
Sunny days are my favorite days, especially come summer time. You can have fun at the beach, grill hot dogs, enjoy cotton candy at the fairground, really, the list is endless. But rainy days bring to mind staying indoors and watching the raindrops drizzle down the window pane. Since we can’t prevent the weather, let’s change our […]
These quotes describe my life over the last couple weeks. Between floor demolition and remodeling, school programs, birthday celebrations, and deadlines, I have felt the stretch! Good thing my mommy brain can still multi-task. I hope you get a chuckle out of these quotes too! Feel free to share. Most days Hulu and Amazon shows […]
During our engagement, I made a conscious effort to include my fiancé in our wedding preparations. Perhaps the TV show “Bridezilla” motivated me to not be a complete control freak, but deeper down, I also really wanted his opinion! I was already halfway through my counseling training when we met and fell in love, so […]
Finally – the floors are getting replaced. Woo hoo! We picked out a lovely birch espresso wood to replace the vinyl and carpet that runs the back of our house. All the major walkways of our house will be wood, and thirty years worth of dirt will be gone from the house. There are other […]
Okay ya’ll. Here’s an update on our staircase remodel. I convinced Johnny we could have this project done last summer before the baby came – and here we are with an 8 month old and we finally got some major progress made on the staircase! Woo hoo! Johnny built new handrails last July, so Simon […]
It started out like any other day. After picking up the oldest kiddo from school, we came home for afternoon snacks. On the way into the house, I noticed the front flower bed looked a bit droopy, so after setting the kids at the table with their peanut butter and graham crackers, I returned to […]
The dreaded temper tantrum. The tears and moans over the smallest things. The joys of a 2yr old’s emotional roller coaster. Luckily there are some tricks to reducing the intensity and duration of toddler temper tantrums. Usually, if I can act excited about something else, the tears will stop and I’ll get my child’s attention shifted. And, […]
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I'm a counselor, a wife, and a mom. I hope to inspire others to live a joyful life by embracing the chaos, fun, and beauty in life. Follow along for tips on joyful living, mingled with counseling advice and happy tidbits.
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