Why My Kids Won’t Be Getting Christmas Gifts This Year

Christmas morning, my kids won’t be waking up early to see what gifts Santa left them. In fact, they won’t be waking up to any gifts at all. Instead we’ll be eating breakfast and getting ready for the day. Maybe…

What to Say to Your Daughter About Her Body

I’m seeing a growing trend, and that is one where little girls are incredibly self-conscious about their bodies. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, people are more open to talking about it, or social media is pushing…

Changing Your Destination

I have a friend who grew up middle class but because of the situation she has put herself in, she has moved herself down to lower class. It’s not really a problem. They still have a house, food, and a…

The Process of Becoming Foster Parents

Three months ago, my husband and I decided to sign up to be foster parents because my sister-in-law and family were moving towards adoption with their current foster child and that foster child’s birth mother was pregnant with another child.…

Pentatonix’s “Mary, Did You Know?”

Although I’m not a huge Christmas music fan (too over played for my taste), I do really love “Mary, Did You Know?” Since becoming a mother so long ago, there’s something so soothing and emotional about the song. Enjoy this…

Shut Up and Go to Sleep!

Mamas! Maybe it’s just me but by the end of the day, I’m so tired. I stay at home all day with the kids but we use the term “stay at home all day” pretty loosely here. My kids’ schools…

Reasons to Adopt a Dog from a Shelter

I’ll be the first to admit that although we got a shelter dog, I cannot stand owning her. She is messy (fur, mud, etc.), she is more needy than a baby, and she stresses easily which means garbage, stickers, and…

Mourning with Those Who Mourn

It’s been about three months and I have been stressed out almost every single day of those last three months. It’s kind of been a whirlwind at my house with things breaking down, kids growing up, and on a whim,…

What I Was Taught About Differing Opinions from General Conference

I am the kind of person who likes to be right and I don’t mind fighting for my opinion and what I think is right. I know it’s gotten me in trouble multiple times but when someone believes something about…

How To Cook A Pumpkin

This summer we let over 15 pumpkin plants take over the side of the yard. Having never grown pumpkin plants before, I felt silly when I honestly thought the pumpkin plants would stay in one little spot I gave them.…

Target Clearance Steal: Pink Pants

I went to Target with one purpose:  find a new car seat. But somehow I ended up on the kids’ department browsing the clearance section. It’s funny how that always happens to me. I find these size 16 pants in…

Time Management & Clock System

I am an organized person who loves schedules but I’m married to someone who has no sense of time. Well, I can’t let my kids fall victim to a lack of time management so I created this clock. I have…

The Day I Told My Daughter She Wasn’t Good at Everything

The day was going poorly. I had lost my patience and my husband was gone all day. I hadn’t spent any time with anyone other than the kids and I had just had it. Every single thing they did drove…

Small City Humor

This Saturday is cupcake Saturday, according to a friend. The local cupcake store does $1.50 cupcakes which is about half off which is perfect for a girls’ night. Much to my dismay, I realized I’m going on a little getaway…

Becoming a More Loving Mom

I found myself walking up to my church today, yelling at my daughter for not trying. I was walking up to church. A place of worship. A place of peace. A place of love. A place where families are the…