Dear Kids, It Went So Fast…

A Tearful Reflection

Dear Kids, It is almost mid-January and you finally all went back to school this week after a long and glorious winter break. The break was full of highs and lows and traveling and staying home. In all honesty (for the most part) it was great, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that some days […]

Scratch The To-Do List and Go Make A Memory

Yesterday I did the unimaginable, the unthinkable, the preposterous… In the month of December with lists and tasks coming out the wazoo, I took the day off and went to the Children’s Museum with the littles. (I wrote this piece over summer about saying “yes” more to my kids and I realized I needed a […]

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things


Here’s the scoop… Lots of bloggers do a “Favorite Things” type series and I thought you guys night enjoy mine as much as I love, love, love theirs! First things first… I want to you picture Julie Andrews dancing through the hills and singing “These are a few of my favorite things.” Once that is […]

Dear Mamas: Slow Down & Savor Today

A Guest Post for Christine M. Chappell

If you saw someone open a bag of M&Ms and start popping them in their mouth and swallowing them whole, you might think they had lost their ever-loving mind. You might even ask yourself… what’s the point of eating M&Ms if you aren’t going to taste them? (Then there’s me over here freaking out and […]

Dear Spratt Kids, I Am Sorry

Dear Spratt Kids, This morning I have a heavy heart for you. I am sorry this move has not really gone according to plan. I have noticed the toll it is taking on you. When we went under contract after only 2 weeks it seemed like everything was falling perfectly into place… you told your […]

Dear New Mom,

Last month I started a new series. It is an ongoing conversation with new mamas. As a mom of 4, I have been a new mama 4 times or maybe that just makes me an old mom? Either way, this series is my heart for you and some of the things I wish someone would […]

9 Life Lessons To Be Learned From The Presidential Debates

With all the negativity swirling around the presidential elections this year, I thought I might take a stab at trying to make the embarrassing debates a teachable moment for my kids. I have been stewing on this post for almost a week now and as I was rereading the 9 lessons I chuckled a bit about how […]

Dear New Mom,

a series of open letters to the new mamas (1st time or 10th time, makes no difference)

I was scrolling through my social media feeds recently and realized how many of my friends are new moms or are about to be new moms… some are new for the first time and others are new for another time. Seeing all these squishy babies really brought up a lot of emotions; some nostalgic, some sad, […]

Gym Insecurities & The Olympics

Ding — Time to pedal. I was sitting on my stationary bike starting to sweat. Not sure if the sweat was more to blame on the workout or on the stress, either way… it was good and exactly what I needed. Ding — Burpies As I was jumping up and down (for what seemed like a million […]