Clothes for Moms For the Fall

Let’s be real. If it’s not on Amazon Prime, I’m probably not buying it.  This holds true for my attempts to find and buy stylish clothes for moms for the fall.  I’ve noticed I can find pretty much anything I want now on Amazon, including cute clothes for moms, where the convenience and cost can’t be beat. Also, how much do you hate trying to find your credit card somewhere so you can type in your purchasing details on other sites? Seriously, it’s the worst. Especially because 95% of the time that I’m shopping for myself, my kids are usually sleeping and I know the sound of me doing something for myself rummaging through my purse would immediately jolt them awake. read more

Someone Else’s Shoes: Children’s Books About Diversity

While meandering through the Birmingham farmers market several weeks ago, my oldest and I stumbled upon a stall with a local author and illustrator. She had created a children’s book about Birmingham and I was immediately drawn to it’s vibrantly painted pictures. I decided to pick up a copy and ended up reading it for the first time with my sons before naptime.  As we were reading, I realized that the book did not shy away from Birmingham’s packed racial history.  I knew most of this was over my 3 year old’s head, but I saw a few flickers of understanding and processing in my 5 year old. After we finished, my 5 year old asked to if he could look through the book on his own. read more

Halloween Printables for Your Little Boos

I love seasonal printables! Especially Halloween printables. I’m a bit of a crazy Halloween fan, so it makes sense.

I love to create my own printables for my kids so that I can tailor them to be exactly how I want them.  I’m sharing the love this Halloween and making my latest batch downloadable for all!

Here are the current printables that my kids are loving….  Click the links above the pictures to access the PDF download.

Happy printing!

Self Care Ideas and Tips for Moms

I love those few blissful moments of quiet after I’ve finished buckling my screaming/flailing/thrashing children into their car seats, and I shut their doors to walk slowly around to the driver’s side. The chaos of my life is contained in that mostly soundproof vehicle. My body and mind are all mine on that short but sweet journey to the other side of the car and I almost forget the madness that awaits me inside.  I take a deep breath and enjoy the momentary freedom.

Small breaks like these help keep me sane on a daily basis.

But sometimes… they don’t. And I need more.

How to get Your Toddler to Stay in Bed

My middle child was pretty much born saying, “no.” His favorite song is “No” by Meghan Trainor.  Some of his first words were “I not” and he can go from zero to pout in record speed.

I love him to pieces, but man, this kid can push some serious buttons.  He came out with a strong sense of independence and an even stronger desire to establish it loud and clear.

One of our biggest struggles to date with middle man has been getting him to stay in bed and in his room.  No matter what we did or what strategy we used, he popped right out of his bed and room immediately after we tucked him in. Every. Single. Time. read more

Finding Joy in the Chaos of Motherhood

I always feel pangs of jealousy and panic as I scroll through the Instagram feeds of other families.

“What a perfect day we had with the kids at the park!”

“What an amazingly awesome week we had as a family at the beach!”

“I can’t believe how perfect of a weekend we had with all our friends and our kids!”

I struggle to say that I have “perfect vacations” let alone “perfect weekends” or “perfect days.” Why and how do all these families seem to accomplish such frequent perfection? What am I missing? What am I doing wrong? Why am I missing out on their joy? read more

The Best Thing to Say to a New Mom

The moment I became a mom, I was bombarded with comments, advice, stories, questions and concerns from anyone and everyone.  I frantically tried to make sense of it all. Was I feeding my baby too much or too little? Because so and so said to do this, but so and so said to that do.  Was I holding him too much or not enough? Because I heard that I needed to do this, but I also heard I should do that.  Sometimes the input was helpful, but it was mostly overwhelming and I often drove myself crazy trying to reconcile everything. read more