“Mommy, can I sit with you?” I hear those words from my 5-year-old constantly. She always wants to sit with me. She has ever since she was big enough to have an opinion. Sometimes it’s not convenient. Sometimes I have writing to do or other work to finish. Sometimes I just want a little space. Sometimes I just want to be comfortable and sit alone for a few minutes.
When you’re a mom, sometimes working seems like a lose-lose situation. You lose time with your kids and you lose money from your paycheck to childcare. And if you have more than one child, forget it. Daycare costs force many otherwise career-driven women to stay home because it doesn’t feel like it’s worth it to work. But what if we have goals like getting out of debt or saving money for our kids’ college? It can be hard to reach financial goals on a single income or even on two incomes while paying for childcare. Or what if some of us want to be stay-at-home moms but are already living…
It’s hard to imagine 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 want to hurt a child. I know I can’t. Recently, I started learning more about child sex abuse. Although I’ve never written on this subject, I feel called to be a voice in this area. I believe that we all have an obligation to be advocates for children. After all, children can’t protect themselves. They depend on us for that. So, we all have a responsibility to learn the facts about child abuse and start doing what we can to save…
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. People feel more rested and…
Do you find yourself on your phone way too often? The truth is, most of us are battling full-blown phone addictions. Here's how to beat it and be more intentional about how you use your phone.
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. I don’t care about what the statistics say, what you’ve done in the past, or what obstacles you face—you can be successful if you make up your mind to be. Here are some tips on how to succeed with your New Year’s resolution or your any-time-of-the-year goals…for real this time!
Forecasters are calling for a snowstorm. 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 prep for a great snow day with kids?
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.
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. Some days you might see me and think, "She looks like she has it all together."Other days you might see me and think, "Oh goodness, someone get that woman some coffee and a hairbrush."Some days I feel "well and balanced." Some days I feel like a hot mess. The fact is, I'm both.
“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.