Finding Our Joy This Holiday Season By Being Present

December 5, 2016

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After spending a 10 days in Sonoma with the kids and then Ryan, I came home to start December feeling like I had a million things to get done. Work is at it’s busiest, life is at it’s busiest. Before December 1st even came we had already put up our Christmas lights, decorated the tree, ordered the holiday cards and started blowing through the checklist of things I wanted to get done. It took me through the end of the week and being so exhausted that I was starting to get sick to realize that although I was plowing my list and we were getting through all the holiday stuff at lightning speed I wasn’t finding the joy in what we were doing. I wasn’t crushing it and I wasn’t present.

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4 Most Important Tips for Any Mom With a Public Social Media Account

October 25, 2016
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Photo by Maa Hoo via Stocksy

This  is a post I have thought about writing almost every week.  I’ve hesitated because the topic surrounds something negative and I don’t want to instill fear or create a forum for an entirely different discussion. However, every few week I see a fellow mom and blogger post something that makes me think maybe we should start sharing tips on how to put some best practices in place for when we do share pictures of our kids.  I’ll be the first to admit that sharing pictures of your kids is a slippery slope.  I went into my blog thinking that I was going to have cute fake names for my kids and never say their real names.  But over time I grew more comfortable writing about them and more comfortable sharing moments form our lives.  But with the ease of relaxed practices and falling into a groove it’s still our responsibility as mothers first to have a moment of reflection where we ask ourselves, what could be the implications of doing this and how can I minimize them?

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Our Favorite No Fuss Halloween Crafts for Kids

October 10, 2016

Our Favorite No Fuss Halloween Crafts for Kids

If you are anything like me you spend the last hours before bed determined to do more crafts with the kids the next day.  I tell myself, “I can totally be that mom who had education and adorable activities for my kids each day.  Why can’t we have a house filled with elaborate Halloween decor all made by my 4 and 2 year old?”  And then the next morning I wake up to find them trying to fill their play kitchen with water they harvested from the powder room sink that still running and remember exactly why that ideal is simply not us.

But rather than accepting defeat entirely, I’ve switched my pinning to look for the easiest, no fuss, little mess Halloween crafts that would work for preschoolers.  Almost everything in these crafts are already in our home which means that I can just whip them out on the fly when I can tell our afternoon is about to take a turn for the worst.  Because let’s face it, in my house I don’t need crafts as a dedicated preplanned morning activity but instead for the –  no one took a nap but everyone actually needs one -afternoons.

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Save, Spend, Splurge – Leopard Foldover Clutch

September 25, 2016

 

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Photo Credit: Grace Atwood – www.thestripe.com

I have been eyeing the Clare V. leopard foldover clutch ever since I used “animal print” as the A in my Fashion Alphabet blog post and even more so now that it’s fall . Leopard is always a must and a leopard clutch or shoe is really the cornerstone of a well appointed wardrobe (see my How to Wear Animal Print) blog post.  If I were going to build a 100 piece capsule wardrobe I would absolutely, unequivocally include the Clare V. leopard clutch.  Clearly many of you agree because in the past week between when I started this post and finally sat down to finish it, Nordstrom has sold out.

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