• 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.…

  • 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…

  • Motherhood

    We Smile. (A Tribute to Struggling Moms)

    ​We smile. Through the chaos. The tantrums. The arguments. The messes. We smile. Even when there’s knotty hair, missing shoes, dirty diapers, and soaking wet bathrooms. We smile. We cry sometimes, but we also smile. Even when it feels like we’re failing. We smile. Even though the days are long. We smile. Even though we barely sleep. We smile. Even though we work from morning to night. We smile. Even though we never get a day off. We smile. Because we are “Mom.” And we know there are little eyes watching. We smile. Because, somehow, we must hold our families together even when we feel like we’re falling apart. We…

  • Featured,  Motherhood

    I Was Having “One of Those Days” as a Mom

      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!   I was having one of those days as a mom. I was frustrated. ​Nothing seemed to be going right. My fuse was getting shorter. I was exhausted. The kids wouldn’t listen. They kept asking me for things. Asking over and over and over again. Even after I had said no a million times. I just wanted a minute to sit down and rest. I got snappy. I rolled my eyes. I yelled about something that…

  • Motherhood

    On Being a Mom and Being a Role Model

      Do you ever sit around and think about how much your life has changed since you became a mom? I do. I look at my girls and I think about how they’ll see life someday– how they may not remember everything I say, but they will remember the lessons that I teach them with my own life. I want them to know that they can do anything, not just because I tell them so but because I show them so.  I want to be an example of continual personal growth, loving others, and having a servant’s heart. An example of someone who went for her dreams, instead of simply talking about those…

  • Motherhood

    Being a Mom and Being You

    Everyone has different roles in their lives.  Each role is a different part of who we are and some are more important than others.  For me, being a mom is one of my most important roles.  My children give me a great sense of purpose.  I wake up each day ready take care of them and give them everything that I can. When my first daughter was born, I didn’t do much more other than take care of her.  I didn’t think I could find the time to do things for me.  Today I have two toddlers and yet I find time to read, write, exercise, stay in touch with…