8 Reasons Raising Children in a Small Town is Awesome

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Raising children in a small town can be challenging.

There aren’t zoos or museums or giant parks or festivals. Our town doesn’t even have its own playground. Often I am asked why I live here and why we choose to raise our children here. People tell me, “I would go crazy if I were you.” Continue reading “8 Reasons Raising Children in a Small Town is Awesome”

19 Summer Memories to Share with Your Kids

Remember summertime when you were a child? Do you remember the little things like the magic of letting a caterpillar crawl across your hand? Or how startling it was to be woken up by a thunderstorm?

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It’s time to share some of those summer memories with your own kid. Go ahead, get nostalgic.

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Why I Didn’t Give My Son a Pinterest-Perfect Birthday Party

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I used to love throwing parties.

When I was in my early twenties, before I had children and a mortgage, I hosted some truly epic parties. I would come up with some goofy theme like “hunting camp” or “circus” or “best friends”, and just run with it. My parties featured kissing booths, bars filled with “mystery shots”, costumes, even a live polka band. I knew how to have a good time and give all my guests an experience they’d talk about for years. So what if at the end of the night there was a huge mess or even a few holes in the walls?   Continue reading “Why I Didn’t Give My Son a Pinterest-Perfect Birthday Party”

Why I Didn’t Give My Son a Pinterest-Perfect Birthday Party

Why I Decided Not to Give My Son A Pinterest-Perfect Birthday Party.jpg

I used to love throwing parties.

When I was in my early twenties, before I had children and a mortgage, I hosted some truly epic parties. I would come up with some goofy theme like “hunting camp” or “circus” or “best friends”, and just run with it. My parties featured kissing booths, bars filled with “mystery shots”, costumes, even a live polka band. I knew how to have a good time and give all my guests an experience they’d talk about for years. So what if at the end of the night there was a huge mess or even a few holes in the walls?   Continue reading “Why I Didn’t Give My Son a Pinterest-Perfect Birthday Party”

Surviving The Why Stage

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My newly-four-year-old son is deeply entrenched in the “Why Stage”.

For the past six months he has been constantly asking, “Why why why?” and it’s driving me crazy! Seriously. I think I’ve finally reached my breaking point.

I thought I would be a better parent through this.

Ever since my son entered toddler-hood, I knew that something like this might be coming. Continue reading “Surviving The Why Stage”

26 Truly Awesome Things About Parenting

Truly Awesome Things About ParentingI’m writing this post in response to a list I read yesterday called 26 Parenting Tasks that Truly Suck. I love poking fun at my own life, so I started reading it but soon realized that this author was not just mentioning a few annoying things; she was really complaining about everything that we have to do as parents. I believe that parenting is comprised of those little tasks like changing diapers and chopping food into tiny pieces. Continue reading “26 Truly Awesome Things About Parenting”

Real Advice for Mothers Expecting a Second Child (Guest Post, Part 1)

A few weeks ago, I reached out to my community of amazing women and asked for some advice on becoming a mother of two children.

I asked only one question: “What do you wish someone had told you about having a second baby?” I was blown away by the responses I received. Women from across the country, with children of all ages, opened up and spoke honestly about their experiences of being a mother to multiple children. Continue reading “Real Advice for Mothers Expecting a Second Child (Guest Post, Part 1)”

The End of Summer

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Summer is ending.

I can feel an edge in the air as Wolfy and I sit on our deck blowing bubbles and watching the cows across the road. If you live in a normal, temperate climate, I know what you’re thinking, “It’s only August! How can she possibly be thinking that summer is over?” Continue reading “The End of Summer”