5 Ways to a Great Home Environment

Today, we have a special guest, Julianna Kovacs, who is a conscious parenting coach and recovering perfectionist, that enjoys helping Mothers become more conscious and mindful in parenting. I really enjoy Julianna's insights and wisdom when it comes to conscious parenting and certainly love the community over on her facebook page. So, without further ado, I turn the blog over to her....more

Lasagna Rolls with Homemade Sauce in 30 Minutes

Pasta is good. It can be really good. But, it's also varied.You can have red sauce (with or without meat), white sauce, cream sauce, cheese sauce. There's just so many ways that pasta can be made. Hun loves pasta, hands down, it's one of his favorite meals. He likes it because it's quick and simple. He even introduced me to homemade butter noodles, which is exactly how it sounds - noodles with butter....more

Finding & Building Friendships as Women and Moms

Not too long ago, I met a woman through a mutual friend. The friend we shared in common mentioned to me how much I'd like the woman I eventually met. And, like her I did!When she arrived at my house for the first time, her her hair was wrapped. Instantly, I was aware this woman just might have some similar values with which we could connect. But, as we all started talking and discussing, I realized that this particular woman had more depth and I wanted to know more....more

How I Solved Our Nightly Bedtime Drama

It's no secret that many families struggle with toddlers sleeping.  I know this because I've searched the internet high and low looking for solutions to our nightly sleep drama. Whether it's napping during the day or going to bed at night.  Monkey Boy has proven to be no different in the sleep department....more

Don't Forget the Sauce

Ahhh summer! Its coming to a close. Or at least the calendar says it is. If you're in the Southeast, like me, its still quite hot and humid. In fact, we'll be gearing up for "Indian Summer", as they like to say, in just a few weeks.But this time also means that many of you are gearing up for school to start. You're taking those last summer vacation trips, having a few more relaxing barbecues, and hanging out at the pool, lake, or beach....more

A Peek At My Routine & How I Reach My Goals

You know I've started writing my goals for the month and sharing them with you, right? Then, you also know that last month, my fitness goal didn't go quite as well as I'd hoped it would. I wish I could tell you exactly why and what to do so you don't fall into that same pattern, but I can't. I can tell you I was tired and my sleep was off, I was busy, I was unmotivated, and many other things. Yet, somehow none of those reasons sit quite right with me....more

Setting Goals Creates Freedom - August 2016

I don't know about you, but this setting goals thing at the beginning of every month is kind of exciting. This isn't the exciting feeling that leads to jumping up and down.  I does mean the kind of excited of being filled with hope and a sense of freedom. Some of this freedom feeling, for me, comes from visual cues that I accomplished something(s) over the previous month.  I also feel that I'm free to work towards accomplishing more in the coming month. It feels good to see where I've been, where I want to go, and look at ways in which I keep moving forward....more

Animals at a Barnyard Zoo

Recently, we had the opportunity to hang out with some extended family and visit a barnyard. Family events are fun and exciting. I love building a little excitement for Monkey Boy the one or (sometimes two) days and nights before a trip, visit, or event. I find that this keeps me engaged in the joy and excitement, as well as helping Monkey Boy to learn that even small things can be big and fun!...more

Some Days Are For Rest

I woke up the other day with a scratchy throat. The kind that signals some sort of germ has invaded your system. I ignored it. Meaning, I rationalized that nothing could be wrong, so I didn't do anything about it. Within a few hours, my nose started dripping. Like out of the blue dripping, for no reason. It wasn't cold (hello summer here!) and I definitely wasn't using or around any chemicals. In fact, I was just typing away somewhere on the Internet....more