• 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…

  • early morning work out
    Balanced Body

    12 Foolproof Tips to Start Working Out in the Morning

    How do you start working out in the morning when you're a mom? You know you should exercise. You know it would help you feel good about yourself, improve your mood, and increase your energy levels. And you could really use some extra energy to chase after your kids all day. But when you're a mom, it can be hard to find the time to exercise. Come on—some days, it can be hard to find time to sleep or use the bathroom, let alone work out. And when you make the time, you're interrupted by crying or nagging requests for snacks. So, how do we get around these roadblocks? The…

  • how to quit comparing yourself to others
    Balanced Mindset

    How to Quit Comparing Yourself to Others

    The comparison game and mom guilt go hand-in-hand.  But it isn’t just our parenting skills that most of us are comparing to others around us.  It’s everything.  Our bodies, our hair, our makeup skills, our bank accounts, our houses, our kids’ behavior, and skills.  It’s a never-ending list, right?

  • goodbye early motherhood
    From My Life

    Goodbye, Early Motherhood

    This next season calls for release and growth. I feel prepared and unprepared all at once. That's parenthood and that's life, right? It's beautiful and terrifying and utterly confusing. I'm choosing to greet this season with gratitude for all that I have, for all that's to come, and for all that I have enjoyed so much that it's so very difficult to let go. As Winnie the Pooh says, "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

  • what we should learn from the suicide epidemic
    Treating Others Well

    4 Lessons We Can All Learn in the Suicide Epidemic

    Suicide is a subject I never thought I'd find myself writing about.  But after seeing its effects in the lives of those around me, hearing on the news about celebrities taking their own lives, and just recently watching the show "13 Reasons Why," it's a topic that's been on my mind. The question that keeps coming to my mind is: How can I help?

  • Balanced Body,  Balanced Mindset

    Done. (Why We All Need To Give Up Chasing the “Perfect Shape”)

    Here I am, trying on my bathing suit to go to Florida soon. I'm months away from turning 30 and still struggling with the same. darn. thing. Wishing I didn't have these "love handles," or that my belly was flatter, or my thighs were thinner, or my arms didn't jiggle so much. But now, I'm a mom of 3 girls. Three precious faces looking to me, observing and learning through my example how to feel about themselves. And no matter how many times I assure them that they are beautiful and perfect just as they are, that message will be lost if they see me believing any differently about myself.