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”

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”

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”

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”

Reflecting 5 years later: Supporting young kids with an alcoholic parent

Last month marked five years since my ex-husband passed away from his alcoholism at the age of 36, only 2 months after our divorce was finalized and our kids were 2 and barely 5.  Shortly before he died, I was really starting to feel healed on a personal level. I was able to handle theContinue reading “Reflecting 5 years later: Supporting young kids with an alcoholic parent”

Checking in one month after Rise Health + Happy

Last month, my best friend and I had an epic 8 hour date. It was in my playroom, from my couch, with a train table as our coffee table and foot rest. We were watching Rachel Hollis and her team give us a RISE conference virtually. My friend and I both attended her first virtualContinue reading “Checking in one month after Rise Health + Happy”

Showing Grace for the Addict in your Life

Addiction is a hard and miserable thing for both the addict and for the addict’s loved ones. Let’s start with that. It’s hard to know what’s enabling and what’s showing grace and kindness. It’s hard not to scream and shout at them for letting you down yet again. And if you have kids, it’s hardContinue reading “Showing Grace for the Addict in your Life”

Recipes for moms who hate to cook

My first husband was a chef, and I got married when I was 23, so I really never had to spend my time cooking much. I love to eat, but I hate slaving away at something that is going to be gone in 10 minutes, if I’m lucky.  But now that I have 3 kidsContinue reading “Recipes for moms who hate to cook”

5 ways to connect with your co-workers right now

It’s a weird time we’re living in right now. Most people still at home. Others who have been in at their place of employment this entire time. I often wonder which side of the coin is preferable, but I guess it varies by person. I’d hate to be working in a restaurant or grocery storeContinue reading “5 ways to connect with your co-workers right now”