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Baby Must-Haves You May Not Know You Need

Are you bringing home a newborn baby? “They” have a lot to say about baby products! There are so many products to choose from that it is so hard to know what you need… and what you don’t need. Here is my list of all-time favorite baby items which help make my life easier.

Of course diapers, baby wipes, and bottles will be important. There are a couple of things I didn’t realize at first. Many babies outgrow the Newborn diaper size pretty quickly. Some big babies won’t even fit into them. You may want to avoid buying huge packs of … read more

The Love Will Come Through

There are days when I get so frustrated. The baby only wants to be held, but even when held she won’t calm down. She pulls my hair and claws at my face and neck. It hurts. I try and try, but nothing works. I start to get so frustrated. I lose my patience… and then she falls asleep.

She sleeps so calmly in my arms. I look down at her and I feel so bad for the anger and frustration I felt. As I look at her, I feel so guilty that I take the moments I have with her for … read more

I Wrote a Book! Here’s How…

The other day I was thinking about my talents. What are my talents? I can eat a whole box of cookies in three days! In all seriousness though, I recently realized one of my talents is writing. I started writing… I wrote a book. Now that book is being published, coming soon from Mascot Books. I thought I would take a break from my typical posts, and share a little bit about the book-writing process.

When I think about it, it still seems surreal. I have been working on this book for a few years now. My book is truly … read more

My Heart Goes Off to Kindergarten

“They say” having a child means you are forever deciding to have your heart walk outside of your body.

This is one quote which most parents have heard and which most can truly identify with.

My daughter, my first baby, is going to kindergarten in a few weeks. I can imagine it. My heart is playing on the playground and falls and gets hurt. I won’t be there to comfort her. My heart may be made fun of by another child. She may not be included in a game with friends or not invited to a sleepover. She may be picked last … read more

How to Survive a Beach Trip with Kids

For those of you still soaking up every last minute of summer and going to the beach, here are some tips. Even though the pumpkins are already out in stores, I refuse to let summer be over!

“They say” going on vacation is relaxing. “They” must not be talking about vacationing with small children. Going to the beach now is not at all what it used to be. I would always bring along a book to read while soaking up the sun. Now, I am lucky if I have room in my arms to even carry a book to the beach. … read more

You Know You’re the Parent of a Toddler When…

“They say” being a parent is the most rewarding job of all.
It is…until it’s not.

You know you’re the parent of a toddler when…

You watch your TV shows or movies in 15-minute intervals, having to rewind multiple times. To sit down and watch a show or movie without interruption may be a dream of yours.

You realize it’s Thursday and you are still wearing Tuesday’s yoga pants. To top it all off, you haven’t showered.

On average when leaving the house, you look like a hot mess, but at least your kids look cute.

Your vocabulary seems to have evolved to only include the … read more

What Does It Mean to Be a Parent?

Sometimes I find myself wondering…
Here are some answers I come up with. It means…

We are strong, but not too strong. We show our kids we all go through difficult times and that we can get through them. At the same time, that doesn’t mean we cannot show emotion as we get there.

We are brave, but not too brave. We show our kids we can face the world and its challenges with bravery, but also show them that it’s okay to waver sometimes. We show them that wavering doesn’t make us weak.

We teach them patience. We show them we can bite … read more


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Welcome to my blog. I am a licensed school counselor turned stay-at-home mom and writer. I have three wonderful children. I love the water, baking, getting creative, and traveling, especially to new places. I have a bachelor’s degree in science (Psychology major and Sociology minor), and a master’s degree in counselor education (M.Ed.). I wouldn’t call myself a parenting expert exactly, but I believe all parents are experts at raising their own children. After all, no one knows your kids better than you! My blog is about what “they say”—what we hear and read—versus what “we say”: using our own intuition. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.