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The Parent (Peer Pressure) Trap

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 …

dressing

10 Make-You-Feel-Pretty Dresses

10 Make-You-Feel-Pretty Dresses1

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. (By the way, I’m 5’3″ and was surprised at how much I …

marriage

Where’s Your Wedding Album?

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 …

Motherhood

I Didn’t Just Say That. . .

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 …

Blog Parenting

On Starting a Second Blog. . . (And Fear of Failure)

On Starting a Second Blog. . . (And Fear of Failure)

I will tell you that I wrote the previous (first) post several weeks ago and finally hit publish–with great anxiety, I might add. Oh, and I didn’t tell a soul. You would think after being a full-time blogger for more than five years that I would have the hang of this by now. But, a starting a second blog that’s more about me and my personal thoughts. . . Well, that’s just scary. Truth be told, I don’t know what …

Blog Parenting

Mothering in Moderation

Mothering in Moderation

If you’re new here, it’s likely you’ll start with the first post trying to figure out who I am–and whether I’m worth reading. You may have found me through my other blog. For nearly six years now, I’ve written about all things interior design and how to make your home a more beautiful place to live. However, I’ve come to learn that most readers who are looking for home ideas are looking for lots of pretty pictures and not a lot of words. …