Here’s how those New Year’s Resolutions are going six months later. Am I still on track?

At the start of this year, I had a new approach to my New Year’s Resolutions, and it didn’t involve some grand plan to turn my life around. I wrote about it at the start of the year—instead of setting a goal like “lose 20 pounds” or “read 25 books,” I set mini goals toContinue reading “Here’s how those New Year’s Resolutions are going six months later. Am I still on track?”

How to make it through Father’s Day when there’s no father around

I will never forget when a dozen roses showed up at my door Father’s Day weekend, just one month after my world was rocked and my ex had a protective order against him. They were from my boss with a note that said, “I’m sure this is a tough weekend. Thinking of you.” She wasContinue reading “How to make it through Father’s Day when there’s no father around”

Pre-teen frenemies, heartaches, and puberty: Everything I’m learning to survive middle school again

When my 5th grade daughter went back to school in-person in February, she was ecstatic to tell me about a new friend she’d made. Very quickly they were passing notes in class, FaceTiming on the weekends, and asking to hang out. We even took her with us to a long weekend at the beach. Honestly,Continue reading “Pre-teen frenemies, heartaches, and puberty: Everything I’m learning to survive middle school again”

The things you need to make getting divorced happen now—even when you’re too drained to do it

You never thought you’d be here. Well, maybe you did. There’s an internet statistic floating around that says 80% knew on our wedding day that we were making a mistake. Too bad for us now though! So what can you do to make this complicated and scary process go just a bit smoother? First, makeContinue reading “The things you need to make getting divorced happen now—even when you’re too drained to do it”

Our surprise road trip from Virginia to Orlando

For Spring Break this year, I did something I swore I would never do—I went to a major theme park for the week. It was an impulse purchase a few months ago because the deal was too good to pass up, and I paid an extra $100 a person for “cancel for any reason” insurance,Continue reading “Our surprise road trip from Virginia to Orlando”

Planning a family road trip to Florida

Last Thanksgiving, I had a big Disney trip planned for our family. I love going down there immediately after that holiday and before the hustle and bustle of Christmas. I always find the crowds to be super light, and the weather is still a pleasing 70-something, compared to the 30s and 40s we’re starting toContinue reading “Planning a family road trip to Florida”

4 Things to Do to Create Memorable Birthdays

I am by no means a party planner. I don’t color coordinate well for family photos. I am an impulse shopper. And I’m constantly busy between my full time job, 3 kids, my side hustle, and keeping the house running. But what I do like to do is make birthdays special for my kids, andContinue reading “4 Things to Do to Create Memorable Birthdays”

21st century COVID-friendly playdates

I have at least two (or twelve) moments a day where I feel sad or frustrated about the upheaval COVID has had to our lives over the last 12 months. And then I look to my son, who has his best friends across the street. They have barely skipped a beat. Once we started outdoorContinue reading “21st century COVID-friendly playdates”

6 people who want to hear from you today: Why sending a card can mean so much

One of my favorite emails to get every morning is my Daily Digest from USPS with my Informed Delivery of what’s coming to my mailbox today (If you have never used it, go sign up! It’s free.) I LOVE letters in the mail. Love them. They don’t even have to be in the mail. TheyContinue reading “6 people who want to hear from you today: Why sending a card can mean so much”

5 things to do when starting the divorce process

Getting divorced can be a confusing, life-altering, and emotionally-draining time. It’s even harder when you don’t know where to begin or even what to ask. There are so many things to think about and do, and it gets overwhelming. Today, I’m sharing 5 things that may not be on your radar that you should doContinue reading “5 things to do when starting the divorce process”