Finding the Lovely in the Chaos

Motherhood is a chaotic business. Each day is filled with noise, lots of messes, and countless challenges. The days can be monotonous and exhausting. When faced with all the chaos, sometimes it can feel anything but lovely. Some days it's easier just to focus on the challenges. To simply clean up the messes, change the … Continue reading Finding the Lovely in the Chaos

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15 Gifts for Crafty Kids

If your kids are anything like mine, gifts that encourage creativity are always a safe bet. They love anything that allows them to express themselves. And I never have a problem buying them sewing and crafting supplies, because we are all about raising creative kids over here. Here are 15 gifts for crafty kids, that you … Continue reading 15 Gifts for Crafty Kids

12 DIY Lunchbag patterns and tutorials (sew and no-sew!)

I've been sharing a few tutorials lately for DIY lunchbags, but I wanted to put together a roundup of a few more different types. So whether you want to sew or not, make something complicated or simple, insulated or not, you can make exactly what you need! 1.  Cloth Lunch Sacks from If Only They Would Nap … Continue reading 12 DIY Lunchbag patterns and tutorials (sew and no-sew!)

Pretty pictures don’t tell the whole story

A few weeks ago, I was having a day. You know the kind, when your two-year-old has smeared poop all over himself and the crib, your house is an epic disaster, the dishwasher isn't working, the kids are acting like bedtime is a newly invented phenomenon, and your husband is out of town. A long, exhausting … Continue reading Pretty pictures don’t tell the whole story

Why I Let My Kids Help (even when I don’t want to)

"Can I help, Mama?" I know these words are coming as soon as I start to open the box. Sigh. The truth is, I really don't want any help. I know that I can do this much faster on my own, without little hands and fifty bazillion questions and patience... so much patience. But I … Continue reading Why I Let My Kids Help (even when I don’t want to)

Create your own Summer Essential Car Kit

Summer days in our house are filled with play dates at parks and splash pads, zoo days, road trips, and spontaneous stops to get frozen custard. Over the years, I've gotten smart and have begun carrying some essential supplies in the car for the inevitable messes and to avoid as many meltdowns as possible. Because nothing … Continue reading Create your own Summer Essential Car Kit