A love letter to the brokenhearted mama

Dear Newly Single Mama, It’s Valentine’s Day, and maybe it’s the first one where you’ve been on your own in a really long time. No one is buying you flowers. No chocolate covered strawberries or box of mystery chocolates. No card expressing adoration for you. Sorry to be that buzzkill. Was your ex really goodContinue reading “A love letter to the brokenhearted mama”

New Year Resolution Check In

We’re just over 3 weeks into 2021. How’s it going for you? Did you make any resolutions or set any goals that are still kicking? I sure hope so! The odds are in your favor if you can make it even 30 days. A few weeks ago, I shared my plan for goal setting thisContinue reading “New Year Resolution Check In”

Activity: A Daily Valentine Love Note

Over the last 5 years, I’ve grown more and more into a words of affirmation love language gal, and it’s pretty typical that the love we want to receive is the love we tend to give as well. I love writing little notes in my kids lunches and post-its on my husband’s bathroom mirror. AndContinue reading “Activity: A Daily Valentine Love Note”

Sustainable Goal Setting for the New Year

It’s a week into 2021! I know some people talked about canceling their free trial and giving up on the year already, but what a waste that would be! We’ve got an entire year ahead of us to dream and drive things forward. In some years in the past, I’ve set resolutions. In others, I’veContinue reading “Sustainable Goal Setting for the New Year”

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat

With the holidays here, the giving spirit permeates the air. It’s the time to shower family and friends with gifts. But how often are you expanding that giving outside those you know? I feel like I’m in a constant state of busy-ness, and I have been good at seeking out organizations to support if theyContinue reading “Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat”

An Interview with my 10 year old

Last month, I wrote about my interview with my seven-year-old son, Ryan. My family spent the first two weeks of November at a beach house while I worked remotely and they continued virtual school. It was a perfect change of scenery for us and the weather was unseasonably warm. When I told the kids IContinue reading “An Interview with my 10 year old”

Checking in on our blended family

A lot of times people forget that we’re a blended family. We don’t have custody issues to contend with. I don’t have an angry or vindictive ex. And my husband’s family loves on my older two kids with reckless abandon. I was officially divorced from my first husband over five years ago. He was anContinue reading “Checking in on our blended family”

How I’m prepping to prevent the holiday weight gain

You guys. 2020’s COVID-19 weight gain has been no joke. I know it’s not just me, but I’m really aware of it now and have hit that motivated zone where I’m ready to make a change. That’s partly because I hated every adorable picture I took with my family on Thanksgiving and partly because ChristmasContinue reading “How I’m prepping to prevent the holiday weight gain”

The Other Side of Motherhood’s 2020 Gift Guide and Stocking Stuffers

This is a weird year. In some cases, I’m closer to my neighbors right now than members of my family or my closest friends! As we reflect on a year that was anything but ordinary, I’m sharing a few of my favorite things that have made it into my shopping cart lately—from bigger gifts toContinue reading “The Other Side of Motherhood’s 2020 Gift Guide and Stocking Stuffers”

An Interview with my 7 year old

My family has been on vacation at the beach for the last week, taking advantage of our work from home and virtual school shit show that is 2020. It was the first full week that I’ve taken off this entire year, and as it comes to an end, I barely feel like I’ve stepped awayContinue reading “An Interview with my 7 year old”