6 Reasons Why I WON’T Give Parenting Advice

This post was featured on the How Do You Do It? Parenting Link Up! 🙂   As soon as I announced I was pregnant for the first time, the parenting advice from family and friends started rolling in… Do this… Don’t do that… Buy this… Oh, you won’t need that… And on and on and on… Yikes! And so began the sleepless nights from worrying about how we were ever going to be able to raise these 2 precious little babies… Before they were even born!!! Then once the babies were born, the barrage of advice seemed to get worse! … Continue reading

Father’s Day Gifts from the Past

Well, Father’s Day is coming up… Hallmark holiday or not, it’s still one of those “firsts” that I have to get through. Not only do I have to endure this holiday dealing with the loss of the father of my children, but I also lost my own father in 2009 when he passed away unexpectedly from dilated cardiomyopathy.  So, I think it goes without saying that it’s NOT my favorite holiday. After losing my dad, Father’s Day had a gloomy feeling to it.  We still tried to remember my dad, but obviously, it just wasn’t the same.  However, when we … Continue reading

Mommy Reality Challenge: Mommy’s Meals

*Post contains affiliate links.  Read full disclaimer here. I’ve been browsing Pinterest and reading A LOT of different blogs lately, in pursuit of becoming a better blogger.  It’s fun and I’m reading a lot of interesting tips for parenting and some great activity ideas for the kids! And it has also made me see that I’m not the only one struggling with this rollercoaster of motherhood. I’m not the only one who struggles with yelling at their kids.   I’m not the only one who gets incredibly frustrated when their child won’t put their shoes on. I’m not the only … Continue reading

Summer Bucket List Ideas

Last summer started out as one of the best summers of my life. And then it ended up being my worst. It’s weird how we could go from such an incredible high, to the absolute lowest low. But I am grateful that our summer started off so amazing, and that we were able to make those incredible memories together.  I will ALWAYS remember the fun we had, and I will continue to tell our kids all about those wonderful times too. I’m not going to lie, before having kids, Chaz and I were pretty darn lazy. 🙂  As the weather … Continue reading

Why I’m Making “Me” Time a Priority

*Post may contain affiliate links.  Please read disclaimer here. If you’re a mom, I’m sure you’ve heard all about how you need to take care of yourself, in order to take care of your children. Raise your hand if you think “Easier said than done!” when you hear that. I seriously hope I’m not the only person with my hand high in the air… Since Chaz died, it’s been all about my kids.  They are my priority.  So my needs almost always take a backseat to them. I do my best to make sure my kids are fed healthy food, … Continue reading

Finding 1-on-1 Time with Kids as a Single Mom – “Date Days!”

This post was featured on the How Do You Do It? Parenting Link Up! 🙂   On August 6, 2013, I suddenly and unexpectedly became a single mom. Someday I hope to find the courage to write the story of the worst day of my life, but as you can read on my About Me page, you’ll see that my husband passed away from complications due to bacterial meningitis. And that’s when I found myself to be a single mom to 3 kids under the age of 2.  Our twin daughters were 19-months-old, and our son was 4-months-old. I had … Continue reading

My First Mother’s Day as a Young Widow

Mother’s day is quickly approaching.  It’s another first “holiday” I have to endure as a young widow. Just like all the other holidays that have come and gone since Chaz died, I try to just not to think about it… But sometimes I can’t help it.  And I begin to dwell in it. My thoughts for Mothers Day were really pretty selfish.  Basically I was thinking that Chaz wasn’t going to be around to organize the kids to “get” me something.  And it’s not like I wanted “stuff,” but more along the lines of doing some kind of keepsake, like … Continue reading

No Makeup Selfie… For the Home!

So, you’ve heard of the “selfie,” right?  ðŸ™‚ Then I’m sure you’ve also heard all about the “No Makeup Selfie.” If you have no idea what either of these terms are, then I commend you!  Somehow, you have remained completely unplugged, because I’ve heard about these on the radio, on my local news, and of course, ALL over the Internet!  I’m actually surprised you are even reading this blog because I would think you’d have to avoid the Internet COMPLETELY in order to have missed out on the term “selfie.”  ðŸ™‚ Anyway, back to the “No Makeup Selfie.”  Celebrities seem … Continue reading

I’m Only Human…

Is it just me, or is life insanely busy? How does it get that way?  How do we become consumed with SO MUCH that needs to be done? There’s work, cleaning, paying bills, grocery shopping, spending time with kids, appointments, yard work, and the list could go on and on and on… I really want to set aside time for leisure, working on hobbies, and just straight up rest and relaxation, but there just does not seem to be enough hours in the day! I know I’m not stating anything new here.  I think a huge majority of everyone out … Continue reading

The Truth About Young Widowhood

So this blog is only about 3 weeks old now.  And when I look back and read my first few posts, I am just not happy with them. They are not what I envisioned this blog to be. Sure, they are about my interests.  I am kinda passionate about the environment, I do try to do a lot of different things for my kids, and I am lazily crafty. But I am also a widow.  A young widow.  A young widow with young kids. And that undeniable fact is in every ounce of my being.  It seeps into all my … Continue reading