It’s Always Something on Wednesdays

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Man oh man, Wednesdays haven’t been too kind to me lately. Here’s a little tale from last week for ya, with a little snippet about yesterday at the end. Like I said, it’s always something about Wednesdays. – – Not one, but two alarms going non-stop woke me up out of a sound sleep. After [...]

On Learning, Listening, and Finally Taking Time for Me #beautyis #Mom2Summit

me with Laura and Carrie - Mom 2.0 creators

When I stepped out of the minivan and onto the sidewalk of the airport, I felt anxious and nervous. I was second-guessing my decision to go. I hadn’t been away from the baby for more than 24 hours before – what if she needed me? What if my husband couldn’t handle it through the night? [...]

Parents, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

heart-shaped handprints craft

My husband hates being late. No matter how early we begin preparing, somehow we always find some way to magically leave the house later than expected (especially for soccer games). (I’m thinking it has something to do with having eleventy-billion kids with eleventy-billion things to keep track of.) I hate being late, too, but I [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W10} The Sick Edition #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Dream a Little Dream of Reality

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I used to have a ceramic floral tea cup and plate sitting upon a lacy doily with dried carnations and roses resting on my white nightstand. As a child, I loved french romance. I cut out many phrases artfully taped to my wall, and experienced many dreams of my future adulthood in my four poster [...]

If You Give a Mom a Coffee

If You Give a Mom a Coffee

It was just a typical morning of waking up, attempting to press the button on the Keurig, only to discover a mess I couldn’t leave alone. From there, it was just like “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” only it was “If You Give a Mom a Coffee.” If you give a mom a [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W5} #happinessis

sick babies watching Netflix

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

I Think The Medical Profession Hates Me

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There’s a reason why people are afraid to go to the doctor – they’re afraid. Some are afraid of needles. Some are afraid of the tests conducted (and even more afraid of the results). Some are afraid because they fear taking medications (and their side effects being worse than what they’re taking the medicines for [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W3} #happinessis

handsome new haircut

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you [...]

Turning the Corner – On Squareness, Roundness, and Fitting In

me and Baby V

I get lost in the every day with my family, especially lately. I’m focusing so much time and energy on them, myself, this house, our lives, that suddenly I blink and it’s been five days since I’ve opened up my WordPress dashboard to write anything. Every day since Baby V was born was a struggle. [...]

Six Pounds Lost on Diet Changes Alone. OMG!

Jan 2014 Front

Before I mention the changes I’ve been up to, I’d like to discuss more about where I’ve been and how I got here in the first place. As you know, I’ve been battling much of 2013 with my weight and plateauing. In the beginning-to-middle of October, I was about 10-15lbs from “goal” weight. I had [...]

Losing the Weight, Losing the Body Hating Negativity #FightFatTalk

BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD

The following post is sponsored by Burst on behalf of Special K®. For the past two months, I’ve taken a lot of time having fun with my kids, baking up a storm, celebrating Halloween/my birthday/Thanksgiving/Christmas (a bit too much) by overindulging in desserts, sweets, special dinners, etc. I haven’t stepped on the scale in a [...]

Awfully Embarrassing Photos of the Inside of My Non-Self-Cleaning Oven #easyoff

second round with a heavy coating of Easy Off Fume Free

The following post is sponsored by Burst on behalf of EASY-OFF®. It was a frantic search for this house, as you know, with one month to find, secure, and buy a house before we moved. The builders we eventually went with weren’t exactly as amenable and fantastic as they could have been. Upon the first [...]

Giving Up The Self-Loathing Chatter. For Me. For My Kids. #FightFatTalk

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The following post is sponsored by Burst on behalf of Special K®. I can’t recount how many times I’ve sabotaged myself in the face of a compliment. “You look beautiful in that dress, Lisa.” And then, for whatever reason, the response out of my mouth is “Oh, thank you so much! But… ” and then [...]

Cinnamon Rolls and Toddler Destruction

before and after cinnamon roll destruction

I decided to try to be Mommy of the Year this morning and come home from the elementary school to make a batch of cinnamon rolls. (Not from scratch, from Immaculate Baking. Who wants to make ‘em from scratch when their’s tastes SO DANG GOOD? Also because I hadn’t had coffee yet and I was [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Forty-Two} #happinessis

my son the running back

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Need Advice: Where Do I Go?

Baby Dude and Me

It isn’t necessarily a rut that I’m in, I’m just stuck in a weird way right now, and I don’t know exactly what to do about it. I used to be really good at quickly running over to this screen to relay the funny and relatable experiences our family has had with you. Often times, [...]

My Weight Loss Dilemma

weight update 9-17-13

I thought, if I stayed active, ate home-cooked foods with clean eating, rode bikes, took walks, and went on weekend runs with my son, that the excess baby weight would just melt away. It hasn’t. I tried several different training guides, by lifting weights, different cardio, and nothing is working. I fluctuate in the high 140’s to low [...]

Hell Has a Name, It’s Called “Yesterday”

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Admittedly, in the waning days of summer, I let the house go. We were living too much in the moment, so busy with living these last summer days, I figured, once school started, that I’d get all Rambo on the chores and into Full House Cleaning Mode™. That is, until the enormity of the task [...]

10 Sticky Situations Where Baby Washcloths Can Save Your Life

10 Sticky Situations Where Baby Washcloths Can Save Your Life

I’m a member of the JOHNSON’S® Baby CARES council. Kids are dirty little monkeys. And that’s okay! Kids are allowed to experiment with their surroundings (and food, ahem), it’s how they get to know the world around them. But life with kids can get really messy. (And sticky. And somewhat gag-inducing at times.) But when [...]

Hulk Mom Breaks Again – Thank Goodness for Grills

broken oven glass collage

Soooooo, remember how I just said I grill everything? I couldn’t wait to share more fun, grilling posts with you, to include grilling our dinner earlier this week which consisted of grilled chicken patties, chicken nuggets, breaded cod, and fries. SO YUM! The grill really adds a crisp smoky-ness to it, and it’s too delicious, [...]

New Trampoline (and I Did It! Woohoo!)

new trampoline

Originally, this trampoline-putting-together task was going to be a “fun” activity for my two middle-schoolers. An afternoon project, if you will. I figured it couldn’t be TOO HARD to put together the poles in the bottom to create the base of the trampoline, right? WRONG. All the kids were outside helping – even the littler [...]

When Birds Attack – {Video Proof the Bird on my Porch Hates Me}

porch birds

I’ve spoken about our “pet” birdies on our porch before, sharing the images on Instagram about how cute they are, how excited the kids (and we) are about having front porch “pets.” See the parent birds? Aren’t they so cute? See the baby bird, how sweet he is, sleeping there? See those babies? Aren’t they [...]

Ode to Motherhood

happy mothers day

I launder clothes I do not wear. I make beds I did not lie in. I wash dishes I did not use. I dust rooms I do not reside in. I mop up pee I did not spray on the floor. I clean up toothpaste left in the sink I did not drop. I pick [...]

Quiet Naps or Loud Ones?

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My mother used to always advise people to run a vacuum or turn on a radio when their babies take naps. She would proclaim to anyone who inquired how she’d be as loud as she could, vacuuming while I slept. Why, you might wonder? So  the baby (me) wouldn’t startle and wake before ready. Think [...]

The Story of Our First Home Purchase

first house

This post is brought to you by Genworth and Brandfluential. When the orders finally came down to leave Fort Polk, we couldn’t have been more excited. Finally, after three long years stuck in the woods, secluded from civilization, we were leaving! Hooray! I swear, my husband practically showed anyone who he came across that he [...]

How a Fever, Sleepless Nights, & Obnoxious Kids Changed Me as a Mom Forever

baby v at seaworld

After getting sick late Wednesday night, I spent the last part of the week in a fever-induced haze. Tired, rundown, haggard, vacillating between sweating and freezing, all while battling a suspicious fever that persisted with no other symptoms or ailments to warrant or explain its existence. I did my damnedest to scrub the evil fever from my [...]