• work at home mom
    Balanced Finances,  Blogging

    7 Work at Home Ideas for Busy Moms

    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…

  • coffee naps for moms
    Achieving Goals

    Why Coffee Naps Are a Mom’s New Best Friend

    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…

  • tips for overcome phone addiction
    Balanced Body,  Balanced Mindset

    Tips to Help You Break Your Cell Phone Addiction

    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. While our cellphones have the ability to connect us, they also have the power to leave us feeling deeply disconnected. We can all break free from the addictive hold of our phones and get back to living. Here are some tips to help you (and me) break our cell phone addiction:

  • how to succeed new years resolutions
    Achieving Goals,  Featured

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

    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!

  • how to make a great snow day with kids
    Parenting

    How to Prep for a Great Snow Day with Kids

    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?

  • hopes for my girls
    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.

  • 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. 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.

  • should we quit anything that doesn't make us happy
    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.

  • house organized with small kids
    Balanced Home

    How I Keep My Home Organized with 3 Small Kids

    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. 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 of order a week or two later. I get ambitious with my tidying, only to realize later that it isn’t sustainable. Second of all, as I said in the title, I have three…

  • mom guilt (1)
    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…