Come Along Ponds Link Up 2

Woo hoo! It’s week two of the Come Along Ponds link up! I had a ton of fun getting the ball rolling last week, and I hope you did too.   This week we have a very special guest host from the International Bloggers Association, Sarah! Sarah blogs at Me Plus 3 TODAY. Let’s meet Sarah!   Me Plus 3 Today Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Hi! I’m Sarah, a young mom to 2-year-old twin daughters and an 18-month-old son. I became a single mom when my husband passed away in August 2013. I’ve spent the last year learning a new … Continue reading

6 Things Married Couples Need to do to Prepare for Unlikely Death of a Spouse

6 Things Married Couples Need to do to Prepare for Unlikely Death of a Spouse

For your convenience, this post to help married couples prepare for death of spouse may contain affiliate links. I don’t think there is anybody that enjoys talking about the possibility of losing a loved one, especially their spouse. But unfortunately, death is something that will eventually happen to all of us. And what if it happens much, MUCH sooner than you had ever thought possible? Are you prepared? Based on my experience, I think there are 6 things that married couples NEED to do RIGHT NOW to prepare for the unlikely death of a spouse. I know, it is very … Continue reading

Work-Life Wednesday Series – Balancing the Scales: Learning How to Keep Family & Work in Perspective {Guest Post}

Hey there!   I am super excited to be here and I appreciate Sarah for giving me this opportunity!  What a challenging topic for discussion!  We all struggle to find that balance between work and home!  It’s an important topic, to be sure!   Life is a balancing act.  I don’t care who you are, or what “titles” you hold…every day…in some way or another…we all have to learn how to balance the things that vie for our attention.  Children, spouse, friends, home, work, community obligations, projects, hobbies…Things are constantly shifting and rearranging.  Sometimes, it feels like there are not … Continue reading

Monday Mourning Widow Series #8: Lessons Learned – Stop Existing, Start Living

This post contains affiliate links and I will make a small commission off any purchases from those links, at no additional charge to you. Sometimes I wish I could shout from the roof tops the lessons I’ve learned from losing my husband, Chaz. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to explain them. Because really, you don’t know, until you know. I want to tell people to stop just existing through life. And tell them to start living their life instead! I learned that old cliche, “Life Is Short.” It’s too short to just exist. Why settle for mediocre, for just OK, … Continue reading

Work-Life Wednesday Series – State Your Purpose: The Balance Between Career & Family {Guest Post}

The answer to how to balance your career and your family is surprisingly quite simple. State your purpose!     There is no magic easy button to help you perfectly balance your life and no long, lost super-hero serum that allows you to be everything to everybody all of the time. The true key to mitigating the chaos that is your professional and personal life is to define your boundaries and adhere to them. Without a verbal proclamation of what is generally accepted among your daily routine and likewise, those parts of your world that you aren’t willing to sacrifice, … Continue reading

4 Ideas for a Healthy Halloween

*This post contains affiliate links. I will receive a small commission on purchases made from these links, at no additional cost to you. Read full disclaimer here. Thanks! I’ve talked about it in my post with 14+ Halloween Party Game Ideas and my post with 26 Unique Halloween Costumes for Twins or Siblings, but I’m going to mention it here again: I love Halloween! It is just a really fun holiday, when we get to dress up like somebody/something else, put up spooky decorations, and of course, indulge in some sweet treats! But if you don’t want to go overboard … Continue reading

How to Help Series #2: 7 Ways to Help a Nurse

Have you been to a doctor’s office or hospital lately? Then chances are you’ve come in contact with a nurse. Have you ever thought about what that nurse does all day? Have you ever wondered what simple things you could do to help him/her? Yes? No? Maybe? Well, I have thought about it. But it didn’t happen until I was in the hospital after giving birth to my twin girls. It felt like the nurses did EVERYTHING! I was shocked, and I actually felt a little guilty about what they were doing for me. Every time a nurse came in … Continue reading

Work-Life Wednesday Series – Balancing Work & Life When You’re a Blogger {Guest Post}

Hi Everyone, I am Natasha and I blog over at Epic Mommy Adventures, where I share the ins and outs of being a single parent and sharing advice to other single parents. But I write about so much more – potty training, family fun, toddler adventures, learning and growing as a person – and I even share a few link ups and giveaways to connect others.   In celebration of National Work & Family Month, I’m here today to share my guest post on learning how to balance a full-time job and parenthood, especially when you’re a blogger.     … Continue reading

The “In Between” – Monday Mourning Widow Series

As I’m sure you can imagine, wedding anniversaries as a widow are extremely difficult days to endure. Last year, our wedding anniversary was actually the first “holiday” I had to go through after Chaz passed away. Needless to say, It. Was. Horrible. Now I’m on to the “seconds.” The second wedding anniversary without Chaz was actually a few weeks ago, on September 16. I wanted to write about it sooner, but I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to say about it. But I finally decided that I could use the reflections I had on that day as a reminder, … Continue reading

Work-Life Wednesday Series – 4 Tips for Managing Work & Life

This post was featured: With the technology that now exists, and the different work styles that are developing, the boundaries between work and life can become very blurred. Is this something you struggle with? Because I sure do! When I’m at work, my mind always wonders towards my responsibilities at home, and when I’m at home, I constantly have the nagging guilt that I should be doing more work to help my colleagues. And that, my friends, is just not right! The topic of work-life integration (or you may hear it more often referred to as ‘work-life balance’) is important … Continue reading