• Parenting

    What All Parents Need to Know About Child Sex Abuse

    This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclaimer here.  As I sit in my home about to write this post about child sex abuse, I’m listening to my three little girls playing. They’re dressed like cape-wearing princesses and are prancing around waving stuffed animals and foam swords. I love watching their imaginations at work. Their world is full of creativity and innocence. It’s hard to imagine that that we live in a world where innocent children are so often abused, but unfortunately, we do. Most of us can’t comprehend how anyone could…

  • Balanced Body

    Why Coffee Naps Are a Mom’s New Best Friend

    What is a coffee nap? Have you heard about coffee naps? I promise that I didn’t make this up, it’s a real thing. A coffee nap is as simple as it sounds— you drink a cup of coffee and then take a quick power nap (15-20 minutes is ideal, but no longer than 30). When I first heard about this, I was confused. Coffee and naps are two of my favorite things, but aren’t you supposed to choose one or the other? Coffee to wake you up or a nap to give you a quick rest? Nope— scientists have found that these two things actually work better when they’re together.…

  • Balanced Body,  Balanced Mindset,  Featured

    Tips to Help You Break Your Cell Phone Addiction

    Smartphones are wonderful tools. They help us to keep up on current events, stay connected with loved ones, support good causes, share important stories, and millions of people (including stay-at-home moms) have even started using them to make extra money. I love what my phone is capable of. From the comfort of my couch, I am able to work, talk to friends, and even grocery shop. But with this powerful tool comes a serious potential danger—overuse. I’ll admit, it seems a bit strange to be writing a post about breaking cell phone addictions when I have a business that is dependent on social media. But I believe strongly in finding…

  • Achieving Goals,  Featured

    8 Ways to Succeed with Your New Year’s Resolution…For Real This Time!

    This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclaimer here. Thank you for your support!   A new year is just around the corner. Another blank slate, a new chance is here. The possibilities are exciting and empowering. There’s a lot of naysaying around New Year’s resolutions. After all, some 90% of people don’t see their plans through. Maybe you’ve personally set some goals in the past that you haven’t accomplished. Maybe this is a pattern for you— you set ambitious goals for the year, but by the time March rolls around, your motivation…

  • Featured,  Parenting

    How to Prep for a Great Snow Day with Kids

    This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclaimer here. Thank you for your support!   Forecasters are calling for a snow storm. Chances are good that your kids won’t have school and the whole family will be home for an entire day. I’m somewhat of a homebody, so I secretly look forward to these days. Snow days are a chance to slow down, relax and to have some fun with your family.  But in order to get the most out of the day, you need to prepare a bit. So, how do you…

  • From My Life

    Hopes for My Girls

      I hoped I would have a little girl someday. And now I have THREE. As they grow, so do my hopes. I hope I instill confidence in them to know that they are strong, capable, and important. I hope they know that they are dearly loved not only by me, their father, and our friends and family, but also by an Almighty God who will never leave nor forsake them. I hope that I can model that love for them with my life. I hope that they allow their faith to be an anchor for their souls. I hope that when storms come, they draw near and hold fast…

  • Balanced Mindset,  Motherhood

    To the Mom Who Feels Like a “Hot Mess”

      What comes to mind when you think of a “hot mess” mom? I picture a woman with a baby on her hip, cheerios stuck to her shirt, shouting at her kids while they grab items off the grocery store shelf.  Sometimes, I am that mom.  My guess is, so are you. Maybe you feel like you’re a hot mess, and most of the moms around you aren’t. Do you feel like everyone has something figured out that you don’t? That everyone else seems to know how to handle their kids, get to events on time, keep their houses spotless, and keep their calm? I know I’ve felt that way.…

  • Balanced Mindset

    Should We Stop Doing Anything That Doesn’t Make Us Happy?

    “Stop doing anything that doesn’t make you happy. Life’s too short to be unhappy.” I’ve seen this sentiment (or a version of it) popping up on social media for years. There’s a good chance that I have shared it myself. I’ve certainly spoken words with the same general meaning. Recently, I started thinking more about this advice. Should we really stop doing anything that doesn’t make us happy? My short answer: No. Here’s why I don’t think we should stop doing anything that doesn’t make us happy: Short-term Happiness vs Long-term Happiness First of all, there’s a difference between short-term happiness (“this makes me feel good today”) and long-term happiness…

  • Balanced Home

    How I Keep My Home Organized with 3 Small Kids

    ​ This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I receive a small commission. You can read my full disclaimer here.  Thank you for your support! After writing out this post’s title, I resisted the temptation to type “I don’t” and end it all right there. But the truth is, I do have a level of organization to my home that I’m pretty proud of, all things considered. First of all, let me admit that I am NOT a super organized person.  I am that person who arranges a closet and makes it look amazing, only to get lazy with whatever system I put into place and have everything out…

  • Featured,  Motherhood

    Why You Should Ditch the Mom Guilt

    Mom guilt— Just thinking about those words brings a flurry of uneasy feelings to my gut. “Mom guilt” seems to be a universal experience. But why? Why do we all feel the same negative emotions surrounding the job that we are doing raising our little humans? For example, I feel guilty whenever I discipline my children. Was I too harsh?  Will this punishment work?  Should I be trying positive reinforcement?  Will this make them question my love for them? But whenever I don’t discipline them when I feel it’s deserved, I feel guilty about that too. Am I being permissive?  Am I letting them walk all over me?  Will they end up making poor…