Staying Sane as a Stay at Home Mom in the Trenches

How to stay sane as a stay at home mom. The one piece of advice that changed my perspective and helps me stay sane as a stay at home mom. #parentingadvice #stayingathomemomadvice #momadvice

When you’re in the parenting trenches as a stay at home mom, it’s hard to see past what is in front of you.  Survival is moment to moment and toys reign supreme.  Cold coffee and leggings are plentiful while showers and vegetables are scarce.  Emotions also run high here.  Very high. For both the moms and the kids. Frustration and anger can often take over and at night you hold onto the hope that everyone will just hold it together better tomorrow.

Last year, when I was a stay at home mom in the thick of the parenting trenches with a needy newborn, defiant toddler and dependent preschooler, I stumbled into a veteran mom at a wedding.  She was a stay at home mom to four boys, all of whom have long since graduated college and hold respectable jobs.  She smiled at me while I was frantically bouncing my newborn and attempting to take sips of my mostly spilled campaign.  She had that wistful, nostalgic look that veteran moms often have when looking at younger moms. read more

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Disneyland Outfits for Under $10

disneyland outfits for under $10! Adorable and stylish Mickey Mouse gear that is perfect for Disneyland! #disneyland #disneylandoutfits

Family Disneyland outfits are a big deal. I did not fully understand that when I went to Disneyland for the first time since having kids this past summer.  I felt like we were the only family that was not fully decked out in personalized Disneyland outfits.

We weren’t even in a Mickey Mouse shirt.

Major mom fail.

It’s funny because I adore Disney. So much. You wouldn’t know it, though, from how my kids dress. I tend to buy more basic or traditional kids clothes, and rarely buy clothes with characters or words on them. After this past Disney trip, however, I started checking out some Disneyland outfits that align with our style – which is more simple and subtle.  And as always, I looked for options that are affordable, on sale or just downright cheap because… Budget. read more

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Clothes for Moms For the Fall

Stylish and affordable stay at home mom clothes

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

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

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

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Halloween Printables for Your Little Boos

Halloween printables

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!

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Self Care Ideas and Tips for Moms

self care ideas

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.

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How to get Your Toddler to Stay in Bed

How to get your toddler to stay in bed

*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I make a small commission (aka coffee money) if you purchase a product I recommend.  As always, I find what I love first and affiliate later.  You can read my full disclosure statement here :)*

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. read more

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