I was having a conversation the other day with my friend Tiffani about how we used to think - pre-kids - that we were soooo busy. And then we had children. And we can't remember what we actually spent our time doing back in the "busy" days.
This isn't a dig at people who don't have kids. It's just the truth about reality - it's impossible to understand how constantly busy you can actually be until you have kids. You parents know what I'm talking about. Having kids magnifies everything that you do - heck, just getting out the door to run to Target takes like twenty minutes.
One of the things I struggle with is skincare - as in, taking the Read more [...]
To read more from the Life After Child Loss series, click here.
I’m hosting a Life After Child Loss series to share some of the stories that you all have shared with me. Your stories. Stories to help inspire those who are in the midst of loss and are looking for hope. Personally, I know that a light at the end of the tunnel – even if it’s far away – has been so helpful for what we’ve been through this year. And I hope it’s helpful to some of you, too.
My daughter Avery would have turned six this past July. In just a few days she'd be starting first grade. I would no doubt be frantically running around, completely occupied with Read more [...]
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So you've heard about this thing called an "editorial calendar." But if you don't work in marketing, you might not know what the heck I'm talking about. And no matter what field you work in, figuring out how to create an editorial calendar that you'll actually use can be a challenge. So what gives?
Why they work
Editorial calendars are one of my favorite ways to keep my work organized, especially as it pertains to my blog. It's a place where I can keep track of all of my ideas, so that I'm not forgetting that great post I thought of yesterday morning, but can't remember today (mama problem that you might be Read more [...]
Days like today make me so thankful.
This morning, Ricky played while mommy was productive. We went for a bike ride, had lunch on the deck and played in the sandbox. We went to the park and for a long walk with our friends. And now he's napping - and I can work again.
I am so blessed to be able to spend so much of my time with him. That I can work from home and still take care of him at the same time - not every day, but some days. That I can feel fulfilled in my career AND as a mama.
I think all parents struggle with this - the balance between family life and work life. It's not an easy line to toe - there's always guilt about not Read more [...]
Before I was married with a toddler, there are certain things that I really never pictured myself saying. In fact, if my former self would have heard some of the things that go on in my house just between the hours of 5:30 AM and 7:30 AM, I probably wouldn't have believed that this would be my life in a few years.
Does this happen at your house? Here are some of my faves:
Please don't eat the lotion. Ricky! Don't eat the lotion!
For some reason, my child is obsessed with lotion. I think that he thinks it's funny when I tell him something's gross. And then, of course, it's the most amazing thing in the world.
Lucy doesn't wear headbands.
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A couple of weeks ago, Macmillan Kids send little Ricky a fun new book to read: Little Elliot, Big City. I really didn't know much about it until we got it - and it's actually really cute!
Truth be told, anything with the name "Elliot" really just reminds me of the movie E.T. - actually, it reminds me of my dad doing an impression of E.T. sticking his finger out and saying, "Elliottttttt." With that being said, I was able to stifle my giggles for five seconds to get past the first page of the book and then stopped thinking about aliens. Although I'm pretty sure I just aged myself - I'm an 80s kid, if you didn't notice. But I digress.
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I've been doing a lot of thinking lately. Thinking about how losing my sweet baby girl has affected our life. I've come to believe - or rather, know - that when you lose a child, you actually lose a lot more than that.
Obviously, the biggest and most hurtful piece of what we've been through is losing our baby. There's no getting around that. If May wouldn't have happened, we would have a week old baby at home right now. But May DID happen, and there's nothing I can do to change it. We were put on this course of life for a reason.
But just because there's a reason (or at least, I hope there's a reason) that this is the reality of our life, Read more [...]