To the Mom Who Used to Be a Dancer

Ballet Shoes on Wood Floor

If you’ve ever clicked on those links that say “You Were a Dance Kid If…” then this post is written for you, from the bottom of my heart. I’m pretty sure I’ve clicked on them all. Do you ever catch yourself with your hand on the handle of your grocery cart in the oh so… [Read More]

To my daughter, on her sixth birthday

Sass

My darling Emmy Lou, Every night before I go to bed, I lean down and kiss your cheek. Every. Single. Night. Did you know that? I listen to you breathe and I take in all the changes that have happened over the course of the day, the week, the year. Now you are six. You waited… [Read More]

An (Almost) Sugar Free Easter Basket

sugar-free-Easter

I promise, I’m really not the lamest mom ever. But I do have a sort of personal vendetta against sugar. To give you a little background, some bizarre autoimmune conditions run in my family, so when my body completely freaked out after my second child, I started seeing a naturopath who helped me quickly see how… [Read More]

The one author your young children NEED to be reading

Assortment of Mo Willems Books

Mo Willems, in my opinion, should be the newest member of the legendary children’s authors hall of fame. I was first introduced to his books as a kindergarten teacher about 10 years ago and I have continued to follow his hilarious and lovable characters through their ups and downs ever since. What makes Mo Willems’… [Read More]

Books for Boys: Recommendations for ages 7-10

tales of a fourth grade nothing

Mr. A is a reader, much like his mama was/is. The only problem with that is I’m constantly scrambling for appropriate reading material – for both his age and his interests. Thank goodness for Facebook and other blogs to tell me what other kids his age (and older) are reading. Right now he’s eight and… [Read More]

6 things to help calm the chaos

silhouette of woman look and think with sunlight

There’s a weight pressing against my chest. It’s been there for awhile. It’s rough out there right now. I hesitate to even open up my computer because there’s just SO MUCH — opinions, arguments, facts, lies, half-truths. I can’t deal with it and I know a lot of you can’t either. And that’s just the… [Read More]

4 Bathroom Must-Haves for Boy Moms

toilet paper

Y’all. I am done with our guest bathroom smelling like pee. D.O.N.E. My son is eight years old. I naively thought once we got this potty training thing nailed down, my days of dealing with pee would be over. FALSE! For the love of all that is holy, he cannot keep the urine in the… [Read More]

The “last time” is just around the corner

My Kiddos

I lay in bed with my newly eight year old, scratching his back and talking about our day. As exhaustion took over, he asked for my pinky, which he holds every night for just a few minutes while I sing Silent Night. It’s a silly little thing that brings him comfort and allows me a… [Read More]

A letter to my son on his eighth birthday

My sweet boy

My sweet boy, Today you are eight. I try to come to grips with it, but in my mind, I still want to imagine a little boy with chubby cheeks, toddling down the hallway. That’s not where we are. You are an athlete – basketball, baseball, soccer…you name it, you want to play it. This… [Read More]