Archive for Parenting

Self Care Ideas for Moms to Improve Self Confidence and Happiness

Self care is not something that I ever took seriously.  It sounded like an excuse to spend money on myself, which in my mind was selfish.  I should be spending money on my girls not on myself.  The crazy thing is that before kids I used to spend money on myself and I bet you did too.  Now that we are moms it’s even more important that we make time …continue reading


Best Travel Tips for Long Trips with Kids

Are you traveling this holiday season?  Renting a car during the trip? Traveling during any time of year can be difficult, but during the holidays it just gets magnified. As a mom to two young girls that travels home to NY from NC routinely, I have a little experience when it comes to the best travel tips for long trips with kids. See below for my top tips for a …continue reading


The Importance of Play

Tired of seeing your kids on their devices constantly?  Wondering how to break free from them?   A new Play Report from IKEA found that the importance of play is undervalued in our modern society so in order to get our kids back to discovering play we need to encourage their inner creativity. The Importance of Play This is a sponsored post by IKEA U.S. The content and opinions expressed below …continue reading


Potty Training Made Fun for Everyone

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Squatty Potty.  All opinions are my own. Potty training.  It’s probably the most frustrating part of parenting that you’ll EVER deal with. You have to teach a toddler how to understand the signs that they need to use the bathroom.  Yet, that very same toddler doesn’t even like to stop playing to eat lunch or FaceTime with grandma.  It is a battle …continue reading


Self Care & Better Health Without Guilt- A Guide For Mothers

Ah, summer. The days are long, the nights are short, and the parties never seem to end. In fact, as a mother, summer might possibly be one of the busiest times for your family. Dropping kids off at camps, making endless summer plans, going on trips, and trying to find a way to keep everyone cool, fed, and entertained. It’s so exciting and exhausting all at the same time. Self …continue reading


Connect with Your Child With Autism in 6 Actionable Steps

Are you wondering how to connect with your child with autism? As the owner of a learning center for children with autism in Paris, I have the joy of coaching families to better connect with their children each and every day. Increased connection with your child will lead to more communication, better eye contact and more learning opportunities daily. It will decrease difficult behaviors and frustration, both yours and your …continue reading


How to Organize Yourself as a Busy Mom

All winter long we dream about summer and how great it is going to be.  We think to ourselves, “there’s going to be so much time” or “we are going to get so much done.”  Then a week into our “summer vacation” has turned into a black hole of who knows what?  We find ourselves putting out “fires” all day long, entertaining our bored kids, and thinking to ourselves, “I …continue reading


5 Wear Sunscreen Activities

As someone who burns easily, I am very cognizant that my girls are often exposed to the sun during activities that I wouldn’t ordinarily think to have them wear sunscreen for.  Which is also why I am so thankful to Neutrogena for partnering with us to bring this content and issue to light.  Sunscreen isn’t only needed for while swimming.  It’s needed more often than you think! 5 Wear Sunscreen Activities …continue reading


8 Mealtime Strategies for Busy Parents

Have kids? You’ll love these 8 Mealtime Strategies for Busy Parents! If anyone tells you running a multi-kid household is easy, step back because their pants are probably on fire. It’s not easy, it’s hard work! Meal prep alone is a full-time job so today we are sharing 8 mealtime strategies for busy families. These will help save you time and might go a long way to preserving your sanity. …continue reading

Tips for Higher Education Success as an Adult

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ashworth College . The opinions and text are all mine.   Are you thinking of returning to school for a professional pivot in your career or just wanting to finish something you started, but never finished?  Both my husband and I went back to school as adults and we definitely learned a thing or two along the way, which …continue reading


Meal Planning with Healthier Choices

Are you excited for the new year?  I tend not to make resolutions, but rather I set expectations for myself.  This year I intend to stick to meal planning while still giving my family the flexibility that it often needs. Over the years I’ve come to realize that everyone’s idea of meal planning is different. The most important thing is to make sure that it works for you and your …continue reading


How to Keep the Magic in Christmas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Toys“R“Us for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Have you had that moment yet where your baby asks with big eyes and brows furrowed, “Is Santa real?”  My oldest just turned seven and like clock work she came home from school and asked me that question.  I say like clock work because thirty years ago I asked my mom …continue reading

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