• Family,  Parenting

    10 Positive Affirmations to Tell Your Kids

    The other night, I was scrolling through old pictures (I do that sometimes) and I came across a video of my oldest daughter and I from a couple of years ago. She is about two years old in it – and while to her we are simply playing a “repeat after me” game, to me, it honestly brought tears to my eyes. (scroll down for video) Just as hard as it is for us to parent these days, it’s hard for kids to grow up. Thanks to the advances of technology and social media, kids are being forced to grow up faster, they are being bombarded with things that test…

  • Family,  Holiday,  Marriage

    5 Simple Ways to Wish Your Out of Town Sweetie a Happy Valentines Day

    Our Valentine’s tradition seems to be spending it apart… I think this is the 5th or 6th year in a row?… but who’s counting 😉 We’ve always made the most of it, and honestly it’s ok! Though Valentines Day is more of a family thing for us (i’m a total girl mom – think tutus, dance parties, heart coloring and cookie baking) but I will admit, sometimes I do get caught up in the romantic hype. Would it be nice to do something traditionally Valentines related ON Valentines day?? Sure. Who wouldn’t like that?! BUT, with M’s crazy schedule, it’s not always possible. So here are a few ways we’ve made…

  • Family,  Lifestyle,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Siblings

    Backyard Picnic Fun

    This post is sponsored by Happy Family Organics, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some of these pictures. Can you tell I have fun as a girl mom? With the craze of life, and the added tasks on my to-do list due to Christmas being just around the corner, I don’t always have time to take the girls places during the week. I love that with just a couple of special additions to a simple backyard picnic, we can elevate it to an experience they’ve literally been talking about all week.

  • Babies,  Family,  Food,  Reviews and Giveaways

    Snack Time with Quinn

    This post is sponsored by Quinn Snacks but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Through a series of elimination diets for myself and my eldest daughter, we discovered that gluten was not on our list of “friendly food” items. Not kidding, it took over a year to figure out that gluten, and also too much pasteurized dairy products, were at the root of my daughters horrible case of eczema. And when I mean horrible, I mean, whole body eczema. Not only did she have discolored rough patches in all of the “typical” locations eczema tends to appear, her whole body felt like sandpaper. She had patches on her…

  • Family,  Health

    How Our Family Uses Essential Oils

    I am sure you all have heard of essential oils, I feel like they are everywhere these days! However with so much information floating around, the whole concept can get get pretty confusing, especially if you are new to the world of oils. I chat about them regularly over on Instagram, and how we integrate them into our lifestyle, so I am excited to share in more detail how we use essential oils in our home! A little background on why I decided to give them a go I was raised in a home that was health concious as far as the foods we ate, however it wasn’t until I…

  • Babies,  Family,  Health

    Why Your Baby’s Gut Health Matters

    This post is sponsored by Evivo but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. My personal whole health journey began when I ended up on months of IV of antibiotics after getting a secondary infection after my knee surgery. The antibiotics completely destroyed my gut health, resulting in various ailments, intolerances and sensitivities in the years that followed. Now as a mother of two, I am very conscious of the importance of gut health and the vital role it plays in our immune systems and the overall well-being of our bodies. I’ve recently spent some time researching probiotic use in babies, and how it can strengthen the immune…

  • Babies,  Family,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Reviews and Giveaways,  Travel

    Travel Approved: The Perfect Day Trip Diaper Bag

    This post is sponsored by JJ Cole but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. We’ve been lucky enough to go to Disney twice so far this year. The first time was completely on a whim, so absolutely no preplanning, crazy I know. The second time I had a bit more time to plan ahead and bring everything I wish I had the first go round. We are an active family and I travel with the kids pretty frequently, but I have to say a trip to Disney is a great gauge for the durability and versatility of any kid product!   One of the things I wish I…

  • Family,  Food,  Parenting,  Reviews and Giveaways

    Easy Toddler Meals for Busy Families

    This post is sponsored by Happy Family Brands but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. I can’t believe I am sharing my little Evie girl eating big girl food! I mean, I basically just brought her home from the hospital! Eating healthy has always been a priority for me, especially now that I have kids. We try to eat organic and non-GMO whenever possible – I follow the Dirty Dozen List on items we try to always get organic. But, we are also really busy. We all know that eating healthy can be a real challenge for busy families – especially when you have kids sensitive to…

  • Babies,  Faith,  Family,  Motherhood,  Uncategorized

    Birth Story: Everly Anne – The Healer Of My Heart

    As I approached the day we would meet our rainbow baby, I felt increasingly anxious and ((hello)) scared. My heart was broken from losing our son last year and I didn’t know if reading birth stories was going to help or hurt – did I really want to know about other peoples birthing pains? Close calls and interventions? Surely it would just freak me out even more…. Eh, I normally loved birth stories so I went ahead and read a few. Actually, the more I read, the more relaxed I became. I can’t tell you how many I consumed in the weeks leading up to her birth! These stories not…