guest blog post: why i need a break from my child, why some moms don’t, and why that’s ok

Welcome to this week’s edition of #TakeOverTuesday! Today we are joined by Lauren, who is a reading teacher, wife and mom to an adorable little lady, Teagan! Lauren's post really spoke to me, as a new mom trying to find what works for me and our family, with balancing my need for some ME time with my competing desire to be with my husband and daughter 24/7. There really is no right answer here!...

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: mrs. overpack her diaper bag

Welcome to this week's edition of #TakeOverTuesday! Today we are joined by Marta. Marta has been a major source of inspiration for me since I joined the mom blogging world. I'm pretty sure she has some sort of magic mom super powers! Marta blogs at http://www.martalarissa.com/. She is on Insta @martalarissa_, she is the creative mind behind @honestlymothering on Instagram AND she recently open...

guest blog post: 4 hacks for parenting a strong willed toddler

It's #TakeOverTuesday! This week we're hearing from Maria. Not only is Maria a mom to two beautiful little ladies, but she has the best ideas for parties. Today she is sharing some creative hacks for parenting strong willed toddlers. I haven't gotten to the toddler stage yet, but I know many of you are knee-deep in toddler mayhem, so I'm sure you will enjoy her post! By Maria @tinselbox_holida...

my view on world breastfeeding week

World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7. Who knew? I sure didn’t, until this year, when my fellow mom bloggers took to social media to post pictures of their little ones nursing, with their post proclaiming “breast is best” and touting what a beautiful experience it is to nurse their child and how they wouldn’t have it any other way. And to them I say, Bravo Mama! I, on the other hand, 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...

my pal, violet

Have you met My Pal, Violet? If you haven’t and you have a child under 3 years old, I highly recommend you find her and introduce yourself. She’s fabulous! The day we brought Violet home, she became Juliet’s BFF! What child doesn’t love an adorable purple puppy that knows the child’s name and can even be programmed with the child’s favorite animal, color and food! Violet’s four paws...

amazon prime day

Can I get a woot woot?!?!?! Amazon prime day should be a national holiday. Let's be real - I am pretty sure that most of my staff members are surfing Amazon today instead of diligently working as they usually do! I put together a few of my fave Amazon Prime deals for all you momma's that are too busy to search through endless pages of deals! First up is the InstantPot Duo for $89.99. If you ...