embracing the unknown

The beauty of the life I’ve built has been the known. I’ve been married to the same man for 17 years, lived in the same house for 13 years, worked at the same job for 12 years, had mostly the same group of friends for 20 years. For the past decade+, our lives have been very known. As a self-confessed control freak planner, known is a comfortable place. It’s predictable. For some, known is bo...

guest blog post: 3 simple ways i improved my parenting style

Welcome to #TakeOverTuesday! This week our guest blogger is Amanda, a stay at home mama to 2 beautiful girls. Camila is 3, and loves dinosaurs. Alenna is 9 months, and loves mama. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 7.5 years (awwww, we love love here at Delicately Balancing Life!). Her blog is all about sharing their story of raising hope, faith, love, kids, family, health, an...

remember who you are

I was chatting recently with one of my mom friends about the concept of having a phrase that you routinely say to your child to instill your family values. My friend has an 18-month old and a 4-year old; she has been teaching them both the phrase “be kind and be brave” but she wasn’t quite sure it was sinking in, until she went to pick up her 4-year old from preschool and the teacher told he...

guest blog post: instilling gratitude in our children – what worked for our family

Welcome to this week’s edition of #TakeOverTuesday! Today we are joined by Jess. Jess blogs at www.rebelsoulmom.com, is on insta @rebelsoulmom AND she owns her own social media marketing company, JS Creative Strategy. Jess is a working wife and mom, with two adorable kiddos and two fur babies. She is a young cancer survivor who is on a mission to inspire other moms to find the good in every mo...

guest blog post: 5 ways to have a date night in on a budget

I'm so excited for our first #TakeOverTuesday blog post and I couldn't be happier that our first guest blogger is Reg. She is a powerhouse mama with some fun ideas for date nights on a budget. I hope you enjoy her blog as much as I do. And I'm blogging on her site today, discussing ten things I've learned since becoming a mom. Head on over to her blog to check out my post. By: Reg Lok Von H...

a weekend of highs and lows

Is it possible to cry tears of joy and sadness at the same time? That’s pretty much where I am today, as I’m thinking about the weekend ahead. July 29 is a day of great joy for us. July 29 is the one year anniversary of the date we found out we were pregnant; something we had been told wasn’t possible for us. For the first 15 years of our marriage, we were the “if” we ever have kids, no...

in my daughter’s eyes

When my daughter sees me I want her to see a mother who loves her unconditionally; a loving wife, daughter and friend who sets an example of how she deserves to be treated by everyone in her life; a role model of a strong woman who doesn’t take no for an answer on the things that matter most to her. Loving unconditionally means loving her on the best days and the worst one as well. It will al...

daddy’s way is ok!

We’ve all heard the saying “mother knows best” a million times, but does she really? What if daddy knows best? Or what if you both know everything AND nothing at the same time. These kids of ours don’t come with an owner’s manual. Over the course of the past three months I’ve made plenty of mistakes. I just look at my daughter and say “mommy’s sorry, I’m new here!” . She accept...

put your own oxygen mask on first

Pretend with me for a moment that you are on a family vacation headed to the Hawaiian Islands when the plane experiences major turbulence. Suddenly, the air masks drop down from the ceiling. Before takeoff the flight attendant told you what to do: “put your own oxygen mask on before tending to your child”, but in this instant moment of panic it never even crosses your mind to put your mask on ...

you’re my favorite

"You're My Favorite" is something my husband and I have always said to each other. Of course we also say "I love you" but "you're my favorite" is also part of our regular mushy mushy dialogue. When I was pregnant I heard over and over and over again "when you hold that little girl you will experience a love like you've never felt before." I have to say, this actually worried me a little. Somehow I...