Five Tips for Sewing with Young Kids Underfoot

I've been in a season of slow, simple sewing. Have you been in a season like this? I'm a homeschool mama with five young kids, including a toddler whose favorite pastime is coloring on the walls and climbing onto everything he shouldn't.. some days I barely have time to go to the bathroom, let alone … Continue reading Five Tips for Sewing with Young Kids Underfoot

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When Motherhood Isn’t What You Expected 

Anytime you bring a new baby home, your life is going to change. Most of those changes are so, so good. And many are just as difficult. But babies grow and (eventually) sleep through the night, and what was hard yesterday isn't so hard today. So when we brought home baby boy five, I expected … Continue reading When Motherhood Isn’t What You Expected 

Something New is Coming….

Or rather, someone. ;) This October we will be welcoming baby number five into our home! We are so excited to bring this new little miracle into the world. We'll be finding out the baby's gender later this month, but I'll refer you to this post if you're wondering my thoughts on possibly having a fifth … Continue reading Something New is Coming….

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

A Portrait of my Everyday Hero {and win a trip for two to NYC!}

Everybody has someone in their life who has impacted them in an incredible way. That could be a teacher, a friend, an employer, or a parent. The amazing Annie Leibovitz is traveling the world, sharing her New Portraits of women, exploring the changes in the roles of women today while bringing to life one of the … Continue reading A Portrait of my Everyday Hero {and win a trip for two to NYC!}

Wet Bag with Pocket Tutorial and tips for potty training

We're about to enter a stage of life that I have to admit, is not my favorite. The potty training stage. Potty training seems to go one of two ways in my house: complete and total disaster or epic triumph. I have yet to have an in between experience. Having been through this three times already, I … Continue reading Wet Bag with Pocket Tutorial and tips for potty training

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)

No, I’m not “trying for a girl” (thoughts on being a boy mama)

I have four boys. When most people hear this or see me with my four handsome little men in tow, they say something to the effect of "So, are you going to try for a girl?!" Now, I'm sure everyone means well when they say this. Most of them say this because they have a daughter or have … Continue reading No, I’m not “trying for a girl” (thoughts on being a boy mama)

Why Creativity Matters to Motherhood

I come across a lot of people who are astonished that I sew. Sometimes they're amazed because they think sewing is a hard skill to learn (it's not!). Usually, though, they're baffled that I can find the time. They see me with my four kids, homeschooling, and they say - "Wow, how do you do it all??" … Continue reading Why Creativity Matters to Motherhood

10 screen-free ways to keep kids entertained inside… without going crazy

The past week has been freeeeeezing here in Wisconsin. Below freezing, actually. When it gets so cold (or rainy, or hot, or whatever it is that keeps you stuck inside), it can be tricky to keep kids entertained - and keep mama from going pulling her hair out. So here are 10 screen-free ways to … Continue reading 10 screen-free ways to keep kids entertained inside… without going crazy