One Word Resolution for 2016

Focus

It’s January. And it’s a New Year! And of course, that means, resolutions. Making a line-by-line, bulleted and numbered list of New Year’s Resolutions in January is sooooo not happing! I have enough lists in my life already!

“To Do” Lists, Grocery Lists, Cleaning Lists, and the “list” goes on!

This year, I am choosing a One Word Resolution for 2016. That word is FOCUS! 


Have you heard of One Word Resolutions? Read more

Why I Am Letting Go of Christmas (in my head)

I'm Letting Go of Christmas

Christmas is that time of year that is all about traditions and special decorations. The familiar smells, sounds, and colors make me feel so warm and nostalgic. The last few years, I must admit, I have been that person. The one who decorates for Christmas the moment Halloween is over! But this year… I am letting go of Christmas… (…at least in my head) Read more

My Routines have Ruined Me and I am Ruined without my Routines – Confessions of a Tired Mom

Our Thanksgiving Holiday was a success! Everyone had a fun day with friends and family. We all ended the day with very full bellies. We saw Santa Claus over the weekend. Did a little Christmas List shopping. Watched a few holiday movies. And made an extremely HUGE mess! 

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I love the Holidays. But the thing I don’t love… The mess. The clean-up. The lack of routine. And getting back into the routine after it is all said and done. 


Since we have six kids in our family, as well as a busy schedule, we often get asked what the secret to our sanity is. (Sanity, of course, being a relative term) And honestly, it’s our routines. Bedtime routine, cleanup, meal times, morning routine, and general expectations that keep our home running (craziness and all). Not to say that the routines mandate our day, but the consistency allows both myself and the kids to keep our frustrations in check. 

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Then the holidays come… And it all goes out the window! And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I enjoyed my week of cooking and relaxing. I did some Netflix binge watching. Snuggled with my kids instead of unloading the dishwasher. Stayed up late, and allowed quite a bit of sugary indulgence by both myself and my littles. It was nice. Aaaaaaaand not-so-nice.  Read more

Three Lies and the Truth Before Breakfast

Mornings can be hard as a mom. Most days I wake up and immediately my head is spinning. Before I have even had my coffee… I am battling through lies that begin their vicious attack even before I have had my breakfast! 

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I didn’t realize how much these lies affected me as I started my day. My days were hard and long and frustrating. I had no idea that three lies before breakfast were bringing me down and keeping me from enjoying my day, my children, my life. Read more

No Strength for the “What Ifs”

No Strength for the “What Ifs”

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My mind often gets the better of me. Can you relate? Here is what I am talking about….

You are in a situation. Not the kind of situation you would choose to be in. Probably not a very “good” situation. It could go any number of directions. So, your mind comes up with a thousand and one different possibilities of what is going to happen next and you begin to go a little CRAZY thinking up all the “What Ifs”


Okay… not a “Little” crazy. A LOT CRAZY! Read more

Memory Moments

Memory Moments

There are moments when you are going about every day life…

Ya, know. The boring routine stuff…(take the kids to school, do laundry, wash dishes, do laundry, clean the house, do laundry, etc…)

…when suddenly time seems to slow down you and the world around you gets a little fuzzy. Your heart swells and a smile or maybe even a tear shows up on your face.


You suddenly realize that this is a moment you want to remember forever. You heart is overwhelmed and swelling.

This everyday moment is special. It’s important. 

Memory Moments

I call these points in time, Memory Moments. Read more