Disney World photographers take between 100,000 and 200,000 photos of guests at their theme parks every day. Everyone in these photos is all smiles. (The sticker shock of buying the photos must not have sunk in yet). But Disney ain't always "The Happiest Place on Earth." The photo you won't see from the parks is one… Continue reading What REALLY Happens When We Choose Experiences Over Stuff
We can have this idea that kids' food looks a certain way. Think about what's on a typical kids' menu at a restaurant: chicken tenders, grilled cheese, a hamburger, french fries, and maybe some pasta. There isn't much variety in color, flavor, or texture. Maybe there's a side of plain broccoli. It most likely doesn't get… Continue reading Raising Adventurous Eaters In The Land Of Chicken Nuggets
Parenting brings a whole new level of anxiety to life. It's hard enough to be an adult and take care of youself, and then you have a tiny human who's determined to try to run in traffic and eat hazardous objects on a daily basis. You think about pesticides and nuclear war, child abductions and… Continue reading Reducing Parenting Fears In A World Gone Mad
What is the right choice for your child's education? We know there is no "one-size-fits-all" answer. I've experienced homeschooling, homeschooling groups, private school, and public school. Of course, everyone's experiences are different (and I'm not going to tell you what to do), but here are some thoughts based on my experience. Homeschooling does have some… Continue reading To Homeschool Or Not To Homeschool? 6 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Jumping In
Are you tired of mountains of laundry and piles of dirty dishes? Have you already gotten rid of your excess/unused items and it still doesn't feel manageable? We all do the same things every day- we get dressed, make ourselves food, wash our clothes, etc. But when we do those things make a huge difference in whether or… Continue reading 10 Routines To Make Your Day Run Smoothly
She was maybe 10 years old, rocking blue streaks in her pixie haircut, sitting next to me in the waiting room at the eye doctor's office. "Can she walk? I'll make sure she doesn't fall," the little girl asked while holding out her arms, waiting to steady my wobbly baby standing by my feet. For the… Continue reading Chicken Nuggets, Baking Soda, & Generosity
I used to be that person who carried everything in my large, overstuffed bag. It looked like I was going on a weekend trip...every day of the week. Band-Aids, lotion, Tylenol, granola bars, stamps, phone chargers, water bottles, cough drops, etc.- I was prepared in case all the Walgreens, Targets, Walmarts, and grocery stores within a 10… Continue reading What’s In A Minimalist Momma’s Bag?
You'll probably get woken up early today by a mischievious munchkin with drool on their pajamas. I know you wanted, no, needed, to sleep in. Though you are tired, delight in the love found in the morning wake up call of little fingers poking you in the eyes, or little feet tickling your stomach. I know you feel unappreciated at… Continue reading On Your First Mother’s Day
I didn't like tomatoes, broccoli, avocados, and a variety of other things as a kid, which is kind of ironic now that I'm a vegetarian and love all of them. I hope my daughter will enjoy a variety of foods as well, so it's been fun to come up with new mixes and see… Continue reading Need Some New Baby Food Ideas? Try Some Of These!
Up to 250 million plastic Easter eggs per year were produced in the US at the turn of this century. I wonder: for those that buy them, what do we do with all those eggs when it's not Easter? I imagine they sit in a closet or end up in an attic. But what… Continue reading 3 Educational Uses For All Those Plastic Easter Eggs