Why losing a partner isn’t the end of it all—it’s just one chapter

I have a little bluetooth speaker in my shower that I love. The other day, I had on Apple’s “Country Faith” playlist and the Florida Georgia Line song “Blessings” came on. I love that song; I do. But after going through my divorce, I no longer believe that rings true for me—I just couldn’t beContinue reading “Why losing a partner isn’t the end of it all—it’s just one chapter”

10 ways to reward your kids that don’t involve cash, toys, or the Target dollar section

My kids have no concept of the cost of things. I could give them a $1 bill or a $100 bill and until recently, they would have meant the same thing to them. It helped me learn to start giving my nieces and nephews their birthday money in $1 bills because they feel so richContinue reading “10 ways to reward your kids that don’t involve cash, toys, or the Target dollar section”

Another pandemic school year and how we’re setting goals to make it successful

Last year, I told you all about how my family went out to this “fancy” dinner and we set goals, taught the kids manners, yada, yada, yada. My, oh my. We were so naive then about virtual school and Covid and just how hard the year would be. We made it through, but only just.Continue reading “Another pandemic school year and how we’re setting goals to make it successful”

What Simone Biles can help us teach our kids how to look at mental health and strength

It took me more than 24 hours to realize that not everyone was proud of and in awe of Simone’s bravery to stand up for her mental health and safety at the Tokyo Olympics this week. Chalk it up to a positive example of “hanging out with people like you”—a feed full of mostly supportive,Continue reading “What Simone Biles can help us teach our kids how to look at mental health and strength”

The 7 people you need in your life when going through a divorce

Divorce can knock you off your game so fast. The emotional energy your body uses just to make it through the day can make it hard to do much else. Your mental energy is lowered. Kiss your physical energy goodbye too. Emotions, specifically anxiety and stress, are taking up a lot of your day. ThisContinue reading “The 7 people you need in your life when going through a divorce”

5 ways to fit fitness into your day

The last time I was ready to get into a good fitness routine, I started setting my alarm at 5:30 so I could do it before anyone else woke up. About a week into this, my youngest started waking up earlier than normal and disrupted the whole plan. Everyone in my house is an earlyContinue reading “5 ways to fit fitness into your day”

It’s not just you, mama: We’re all feeling the emotions of our kids and struggling through it

Last month, my tween girl was subject to some bullying at school. Because of Covid, she couldn’t interact with those outside of her class, so she spent multiple days in a row by herself without anyone to play with or talk to. She was crying everyday, and even though I could keep it together inContinue reading “It’s not just you, mama: We’re all feeling the emotions of our kids and struggling through it”

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”

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”