life

When your life is small

It’s May, and that means end of year recitals are happening, kids’ sporting events have kicked off, family vacation planning is underway, and driving from one end of town to the other to get everything done is leading to near exhaustion. Except for me. Because I’m not doing any of those things. And truthfully, May… Continue reading When your life is small

healthy living

The Everymom’s Guide to Eliminating Screen Time

Confession: I love television. No, really. I love television. I come from a long line of television lovers. Sitcoms in particular bring up happy memories for me. I grew up happily gathered with my parents and siblings around episodes of Cheers and Seinfeld, and then Everybody Loves Raymond. I could watch marathons of The Golden Girls and Frasier as a teenager, and as… Continue reading The Everymom’s Guide to Eliminating Screen Time

parenting

Surviving a Threenager

God bless the parents of three year olds. After parenting four of them over a decade, I feel confident in saying that the threenager phenomenon is, in fact, a thing. And it is a really, really, exceptionally challenging, frustrating, and gloriously invigorating thing. If you are parenting a threenager, or if you have an eventual… Continue reading Surviving a Threenager

healthy living

Unlike, Unfriend, Unfollow

I have a confession to make. I’ve written a ton here about taking a sabbatical from social media, and it’s pretty clear to me that my mental health is usually in a better place when I’m not spending my free time scrolling mindlessly through the events of everyone else’s post-worthy lives, but…I’m also at a… Continue reading Unlike, Unfriend, Unfollow

healthy living · parenting · pregnancy

My Hygge Homebirth

  It’s been six weeks, and I know if I don’t get this story written soon I’ll forget all the glorious details that I definitely want to remember forever. And you guys have been waiting for this haven’t you? I mean, I can’t possibly be the only birth story junkie out here, right? Well, here… Continue reading My Hygge Homebirth

homeschool

Homeschooling in the Hard Times

Well friends, we are about 1 week out from baby #5’s due date, and I’m in the final stages of planning for the days ahead. The fourth trimester is always the toughest for me (total transparency: I love babies, but the new baby stage is just not my fave), and I find that I need… Continue reading Homeschooling in the Hard Times

parenting

Navigating #metoo and cultivating boundaries with kids

I don’t know about you guys, but the #metoo movement has become a pretty big topic for conversation in our house. As a mom of both boys and girls, and a wife to a husband who had some wild times in college, and a parent in a house that has grown more and more into… Continue reading Navigating #metoo and cultivating boundaries with kids