10 Ways I’m Rocking Motherhood


A few months ago, another mom told my husband she wished she was more like me because, according to this merciful mom, I “had it all together.”  When my husband told me about this later, I literally laughed out loud because the thought of having it all together is both foreign and hilarious to me.  I’m not sure I’ve ever had a day since becoming a mom nearly ten years ago when I thought, Hey I’ve really got it all together.  Most of the time, I’m second-guessing every effort and comparing myself to other moms who I think, ironically, have it so much more together than I do.

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5 Things I’m Letting Go In 2017

I’m not one of those “New Year, New Me” people.  In fact, I don’t even make New Year’s resolutions.  I do, however, see the value in using the beginning of a new year to reflect on who and where you are versus who and where you want to be.  So I’ve come up with five things I’m letting go in 2017 to put me closer to who and where I want to be.

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The Minivan Express: A Family Favorite Christmas Tradition

MINIVAN EXPRESSI’m sure you’ve seen or heard of local rail companies hosting train rides with Santa or Polar Express-style trips this time of year.  I know many families who enjoy these exciting excursions as a yearly tradition.  But for our family of five, the related cost is usually not something we’re comfortable spending in an already financially-draining month.  So a few years back we came up with our own version – the Minivan Express!

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Advent Activities for the Family


Every year, our family looks forward to counting down the days to Christmas with a family activity advent calendar.  Instead of uncovering candy or trinkets each day, we find a new activity or outing related to the season.  I love that this gives us a way to celebrate and make memories together all December long.  I also cleverly sneak in some Christmas to-do’s here and there to satisfy my need to multitask.

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