Why My Family is Skipping the Magic Kingdom

    Meet Carrie Visintainer, author of “Wild Mama” (which I am currently reading and will report on soon!) I love this post because I could have written it myself – she mirrors my thoughts exactly. Be sure to read all the way to the end to check out her bio and where to find her. And please do […]

    I Want My Kids to Feel Strong

      I want my kids to feel strong. To be strong. As an adult (albeit pregnant, which changes things), I often watch them run and flip and jump and climb and wonder how they just keep on keeping on. I know it’s so cliché, but really and truly I watch their bodies move in such awe. […]

      8 Tips to Break Through the Mundane + Giveaway

        Let’s get this out in the open right now – I am never, EVER bored. I have three young kids, an active blog, and a bunch of ideas that I just can never seem to get to. In fact, I am often quite the opposite – too busy and working to simplify my life. I’m […]

        Find Your Happy

          I woke up grumpy this morning. Again. The baby woke up too early. Our house is tiny so she also woke up her brothers. I didn’t get a moment to myself. I had successfully (is that a “success”?!?!) yelled all all three of my children before 6:30 a.m. I threatened “behavior bootcamp” and taking away […]

          Raising “Go-Get-‘Em” Kids

            Our mission as a parent is a tough one. And while we are certainly in the middle of trying to raise great kids, the real goal is actually raising great adults. To be honest, I can’t even fathom my kids as adults, but I know it will happen….someday. I do, however, think often about what […]

            For the Love

              This guest post was a winning entry in our “For the Love of Mom” contest. Because the love of a mom is something so special and so misunderstood until you are in the very thick of it! Also, be sure to check out our giveaways happening ALL week! If you HAVE a mom, you can […]

              All Because She Says “Yes”

                This guest post was a winning entry in our “For the Love of Mom” contest. I feel as though Andrew hit the nail on the head with this one and captures what our own family thinks is so important too – saying YES! It also happens to be our only winning entry from a man. […]

                Raising Strong and Happy Kids

                  Birthday Parties. If those two words make you cringe just a little, I get you. There’s something about the sugar overload and the kids running around crazy and the herding of cats kids, that makes me just a little bit crazy. Which is a bit ironic because as a kid I was the birthday queen. […]

                  Be Kind and Reach Out

                    This weekend we attended our third funeral in a year. One cancer loss, one murder and now one suicide. It’s heart-wrenching. As a parent, my heart hurts for my friend and my neighbor. I try to imagine the pain her and her husband are going through and I quite honestly can’t even let myself go […]

                    Finding “Home”

                      Isn’t it always so easy to want what we don’t have? The whole “grass is greener” mentality is real and not just something that affects us in younger and more vulnerable stages of our life. I live in Yellowstone National Park. The view out our backyard is rugged and stunning. Bison and elk and wolves […]