How do I teach my daughter about beauty?

#realbeauty is

Last week, I sat in a room with about 20 other women and we talked about beauty and the stereotypes that women have to deal with. (Yes, men have to deal with some too, but for the purpose of this post, let’s just focus on women.) We talked about self-esteem and the struggle women have… [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]

What not to ask families with “just” one child

family pic

*I am so pleased to share this post from local Raleigh mom, Lynn Iannucci. We all have a story, even if it often goes untold.  ————- “Just the one?” It’s a question from a fellow parent. “Yes,”, I answer. I try really hard not to fill the blank space with a reason. I want to say, “But… [Read More]

Looking for the Pause Button

Boys Looking out at yard together

I absolutely love this stage of life that we’re in. My boys are on the verge of turning six and three and this is my most favorite, everything feels right with the world, happy heart stage of motherhood yet and I keep looking for the pause button. The problem is, it’s just not there. How… [Read More]

Tips for traveling without your kids

Mom Traveling with Starbucks

My husband and I are about to leave town for 8 days. EIGHT DAYS! We will be on our own, seeking out adventure and relaxation without our little minions tagging along. Yes, I’m excited. I am counting down the days, pre-packing my stuff, and loading up my Kindle. I am so incredibly grateful we can do… [Read More]

A letter to my daughter on her fifth birthday

E, age 5

Happiest of Birthdays to my sweet little girl, I am sort of in denial that you are now five. Five sounds so very big to me. It’s not a toddler and most certainly, not a baby . But that doesn’t change the fact that you are and always will be MY baby. You’ve grown a… [Read More]

Eliminating “No Fair” from Our Vocabulary

no fair

These days it seems that at least several times a day someone in my household is screaming NO FAIR! It’s happening at a ridiculous pace and I have had it. The straw that broke the camel’s back came last Thursday when Miss E. looked at a photograph of a little girl on a dance poster… [Read More]

I had a mommy meltdown

my almost five year old

I’m constantly amazed by this parenting gig and what these two (not so) small people can make me do. Well up with tears as they sing a song? Check. Cry laughing as they do something hilarious? Check. Scream in anger and frustration…like a juvenile? Oh yeah….check, check, check. I don’t know what happens right before… [Read More]