Why I’m Mad I Had To Say Good-Bye To Princess Leia

When I woke up to the news of Princess Leia’s passing, frankly, I was surprised by how much I actually cared. Thanks to my timezone, Facebook was already inundated by my friends jumping on the trending train — blaming 2016 for the loss of another beloved celebrity. 2016…

The REAL Secret To Avoiding Holiday Stress

It’s the middle of December and the other day I came across a list of 25 expert ways to beat holiday stress. So, since I was feeling a little bit stressed I jumped right in. But I never got to the end because somewhere between getting more sunlight, avoiding…

The Saddest Gift Of Alzheimer’s

My mom was my best friend.  There was nothing I couldn’t tell her and she was always there for me. Her joyful, “Hello” every time I called, regardless of whether I had just spoken to her five minutes ago or not, always felt like a huge hug. I loved…

The Life Changing Power Of Paperclips

I stumbled across a life changing article recently. It was called “God of the Paperclips”  —  a title so intriguing I put my coffee down, quickly swallowed the last bite of my banana and immediately clicked the link. What followed was a great perspective on God’s…

Four Brilliant Reasons I Lock My Child In His Room

  I have always been an early riser. It’s my “me time.”  I LOVE being up before the sun rises and especially enjoy the special peace that can only be found at the start of the day. My husband is the opposite. ALL of my kids…

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How To Make Decluttering Absolutely Magical PART TWO: Check This Out

This post contains affiliate links but all opinions are mine. HOW I ORGANIZED A SMALL CLOSET THAT MADE ME CRAZY   In my house there is an afterthought closet in the Master Bathroom. So much of an afterthought, in fact, I’m positive when my house was built someone…

Six Surprising Life Lessons My Kid Learned From A Board Game

Cleaning out the hall closet the other day I came across a stack of old board games covered with dust and completely untouched for fourteen years; Monopoly, Batman Begins: Shadow Assault and Pokeman SORRY. Two were clearly well over my almost six-year-old’s head but I was…

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A FIREMAN First Birthday: You’re Absolutely Going To LOVE

This post contains affiliate links but all opinions are mine. The cutest baby on the planet turned one recently and while I was spinning my head around saying “Wait! What? Wasn’t he just born last week?” my daughter’s incredible in-laws were planning a…

Now I Understand What It Means To Be A Superhero

I thought I lived with Superheroes. Most of them are in the room that was once my husband’s garage. There are also cars in there, but not in the traditional sense. They are parked on gorgeous dark grey slate tiles, each placed carefully by his hands alone, under custom…

Dear Heartbroken Kindergarten Mom, This is Where The Magic Begins

I read a sweet piece recently about Kindergarten. One mom’s perspective on her daughter’s first day of school. About endings and beginnings and letting go and heartbreak. She shared her anguish. How she felt kindergarten was an ugly trick just setting her daughter up to go…