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    What is a Safe Environment for a Child?

    When people are expecting or are new parents, they always try to make it safer for their babies from the very first month onwards. It could be through baby monitors, car seats, safer toys, constantly checking up on them, and more. But one of the things that is less regarded is the air in the house. Parents worry more about what’s around them, and just the visuals surrounding them rather than the air around them. The air is filled with tons of particles, such as dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, smoke, and much more that we can’t even think of which could make the environment for your baby less safe. Parents…

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    Motherhood,  Toddlers

    I’m Drowning in 3-Year-Olds (And Elsa Perfume)

    You know what I’m quickly finding out when it comes to writing a blog about motherhood? Motherhood itself makes it pretty difficult to stop and blog about it. My design blog has always been a kind of mental escape for me. But, stopping in the middle of mothering to actually write about mothering? It’s not always on my list of things to do for the day. I have lots of thoughts and stories to share, but by the time I sit down to write them, another crisis always arises. For example, as I was just writing that first paragraph, I had to stop because of the wailing sounds I heard coming from the…

  • Life lessons,  Motherhood,  Older kids

    The Parent (Peer Pressure) Trap

    I once heard a sermon on parenting where the preacher said you never experienced peer pressure in your teenage years like the peer pressure you’ll face from other parents once you have kids. At the time I heard it, our oldest kids were around toddler age, but it stuck with me. And, I’m starting to learn exactly what he meant. We’re entering the age of new freedoms and trying to decide what the “right” ages are to do what. . . Cell phones, sleepovers, technology limits, bedtimes, etc. Who knew there were so many decisions to make when your kids started getting a life? (Well, I’m guessing that many of you…

  • Dressing

    10 Make-You-Feel-Pretty Dresses

    For my getaway last week, I had to dress up (like a real person) almost every day. When my main outing is normally the grocery store, it’s nice to buy something new and a little out of the realm of what I usually wear. I came across this red lace dress online and fell in love. I deemed it my birthday gift to myself and ordered it right away. lace skater dress (By the way, I’m 5’3″ and was surprised at how much I loved this length.) I believe a dress that makes you feel pretty is worth every penny. For me, it’s something classic, modest and feminine. And, a great…

  • Marriage

    Where’s Your Wedding Album?

    We celebrated our 15-year wedding anniversary yesterday. And by “celebrated”, I mean I took the kids (who were out of school) to the zoo with another friend and her kids while my husband worked. Then, we topped off the celebration by rushing back for basketball practice and ordered pizza. Awww, the romance when you’re entrenched in life! (I am promising myself that we’ll at least go out to dinner alone in the next few weeks. . .) And, since we just moved, our wedding album reappeared and has been floating around the house. I started to stick it in a drawer, but then thought the kids might have a fun…

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    When Did You Start Drinking Coffee?

    Have you always been a coffee drinker? I’ve always wanted to be, but didn’t actually start until after our third baby was born and didn’t become addicted until after I had the twins 3+ years ago. To tell the truth, I had a very bad habit of drinking a cold Diet Dr. Pepper every morning for years. Then, in the groggy days of having a newborn, a three-year-old and a four-year-old, I added coffee along to the mix. Can you say nervous jitters?! I finally broke the diet drink habit (well, only in the mornings) and am now a full-fledged a.m. coffee drinker. I’m pretty sure I drink more than the recommended dosage.…

  • Children,  Motherhood

    While I Blog. . .

    I told you guys from the start that this “side blog” thing might be a little sporadic. I have some set time each week that I work on my design blog, but this one is just as I can. I’ll usually just pull up my drafts and write a little here and there or just jot down a quick “mommy thought” that I want to share with you later. Last week, I thought I had a few minutes to write while the twins were consumed with the Bubble Guppies so I sat down at the desk in my bedroom. Within two minutes, I suddenly found myself getting an ambush makeover…

  • Children,  Motherhood

    The Breather Years

    I recently heard a mom (of grown children) refer to the ages between eight and twelve as “the breather years.” With our oldest being eleven and our youngest (two) being three, I feel like I’m experiencing several phases at once. I am loving that I’m able to have real conversations with my older kids and that they get my humor. (At least someone does. . .) But, finding time to sit down with them when someone else isn’t clamoring to get my attention (or needs some juice or bathroom assistance or new underwear) is a challenge. I caught myself thinking the other day that “when the twins are eight, we’ll all be…

  • Life lessons,  Motherhood

    A Letter To Myself 11 Years Ago Today. . .

    Today is officially my 11th mom-iversary. Or, my oldest baby’s eleventh birthday. The day life changed as we knew it. The day I became a mommy. I was beyond excited, shocked that he was really ours, amazed that giving birth wasn’t nearly as terrible as I thought (my ultimate fear growing up!), and a nervous wreck that I would somehow break him. image source If it were possible to send a letter back in time, this is what I would write to my 27-year-old self now that I have a little experience under my belt: Dear Brand New Mommy, Yes, this is really happening. Your life has forever changed–in the…

  • Children,  Motherhood

    I Didn’t Just Say That. . .

    You know those sentences that as soon as they leave your lips, you know that surely no one else in the entire universe has said the same ridiculous statement? Those things you would’ve sworn that you would never ever say before you became a mom. The kind of sentences that make you wonder what your life has become. Because they’re usually too ridiculously crazy to remember, I’ve started logging my favorite ones in the notes on my phone. Here are three from the last couple of weeks, for example. . . Quit eating her hair with a spoon. I’m not going to sit by you again if you keep putting…