Ask Your Mama What She’d Do Differently

I don’t think I understood my mom so well until I had kids old enough to argue with me. Then I realized that she’d survived a lot! Our parents, grandparents, and older mentors have already walked in our shoes. They “get” where we are as parents today. If we have ears to hear, we can […]

Go for Coffee with Someone You Love

We are coffee and cocoa and tea people around here. Hubs leans more toward coffee, half the kids toward cocoa, the other half toward tea. I sway back and forth among all the choices. The point is we like to be cozy with a hot drink, especially in colder weather. Lately, I’m getting the chance […]

Take a Nap

Take a nap, be refreshed. This past summer, I started taking naps. Thanks to this post from Michael Hyatt, I decided to give it a try. What I realized was that I had previously misapplied naptime technique. I only took naps when I had three hours to spare. And then, I usually woke up groggy […]

Read a Good Book

Spend time every day reading a good book. It’s a great way to stop and smell the roses. I don’t know about you, but this series has been really good for me. I’ve been so much more mindful of how I’m spending my time. After several months of letting good habits slide, I’m getting back […]

Count Your Blessings

My cup runneth over. Good friends just drove away after a fun-filled weekend of laughs and good food and quite a few dart gun fights among our combined eight kids. The extra win was that no one went to the ER. These are friends that we’ve known for close to seventeen years. They kept hospital […]

Browse a Bookstore

Spend an hour in a bookstore with your kids and let them explore. It’ll be so fun! Earlier in the month, I took my four younger children, the 10 and under set, to Barnes and Noble. The mission: to witness my book on the shelves. What I didn’t realize was what a fun experience it […]

Phone Home

My girls and I watched the new remastered version of ET recently. It was their first time seeing this “classic” film of my childhood. Honestly, I think it’s a little weird, especially the government agents and scientists dressed like men from Mars. But, it’s a moving film, nonetheless. We all three cried our eyes out […]

Enjoy Fresh Flowers

For years I dreamt of a having a large cutting garden in the backyard. You know, like in Pride and Prejudice? I’d go out with my basket on my arm and a pair of shears, I’d chat with my sisters while I picked roses and daisies and all kinds of lovelies to put into beautiful […]