How to Manage Daylight Savings with Kids

Daylight savings (okay, it’s actually “daylight saving time,” but we have morphed it into “daylight savings,” over the years, so I am just going to go with the flow, here)  never used to bother me. It was just a thing that happened twice a year, and I seemed to adjust fine when it happened. Until I […]

Just, Hand it Over

There are certain things I like to do for my family. As in, I like to be the one to do them because I actually can do them and want to show my love in that form. In a more recent instance, I’m referring to making a birthday cake. My son’s 2nd birthday is quickly approaching […]

Is That Really Our Home?!

Before I decided to be a stay-at-home mom, I was a high school teacher. I spent numerous hours outside the classroom preparing new lessons, researching new techniques, reading books I could relate to my students with, grading papers, and so on. I wanted to do my very best. All of that was set aside and every […]

The Urge to Protect (And the First Day of School 2017)

The day my babies were born I was given an overwhelmingly powerful urge to protect them. What this has looked like as they have grown is me wanting to protect them from falling on their faces when learning to walk, ensuring everything was okay after getting their feelings hurt, helping them navigate the dangers of the world […]

The Veteran Mom

Having young kids, I’ve always looked up to those who are a step or two ahead of me in parenthood. I feel comforted (or terrified) knowing what stages are next for our kids; I guess I’m a planner. In the infancy stage, I eagerly watched friends’ older babies eat solids, walk, and begin to talk and […]

Decorating the Back Deck

Last week I shared that we had recently rebuilt our back deck (to see the before and afters, go HERE) and today I am sharing how I furnished and decorated that area. I wanted to make this space functional, cozy, yet not too crowded, and I think I was able to accomplish just that. I […]

Our DIY Backyard Deck Makeover

On a whim, my husband decided to rebuild our deck. Actually, I am going to go ahead and say WE rebuilt our deck, because trust me, I’ve made more runs to Home Depot and other various lumbar stores in the past month than I had previously ever done in my lifetime, not to mention being […]

Our Front Porch

My husband and I have decided to focus on the outside of our home this summer and create spaces we want to spend more time in. I started by decorating our front porch, which was something I had been wanting to do since we moved in but it had taken a back seat to several […]

Sadly, I’m Not Alone

I want to give a huge thank you for the overwhelmingly positive, uplifting and emotional response I received to my POST a couple of weeks ago on my experience with sexual abuse. I feel weird calling it sexual abuse because at the time, I didn’t see it as such being I was able to get […]

Eight Sure is Great

Today marks our eighth wedding anniversary, and over the weekend we were able to get away by escaping to Whidbey Island, just the two of us. It’s important to us to prioritize time for just ourselves, so we always make it a point to do something special for our anniversary. Whidbey Island is just north […]