• Sports for children
    Parenting

    6 Reasons Why You Should Put Your Child into Sports

    Your Children Need Sports It’s an endless list when it comes to why sports are important for children, and I’m going to outline 6 reasons why you should put your child into sports. 1. Healthy Habits It’s no secret, we are at a time in our society in which physical activity is at an all-time low for children.  Unfortunately, it’s also a standard across all age groups, but it doesn’t have to be! Being on an organized team instills an early love and appreciation for physical activity. What a life skill to have so early in life! 2. Confidence Our tiny people are learning about who they are, how to…

  • Paisley Raye Crystal Chapman
    Parenting

    Family Rule: We Take Care of Each Other

    A Family Rule I work hard to teach my children to be kind and to take care of one another. It’s our number one family rule. They are almost 4 and 6, and know it’s their job to always make sure the other is okay. We take care of each other because that’s what family does. But it goes further than that. If you see someone hurt, you always run for help. You don’t ask questions, you don’t worry about who it is, you just run and get help, because that’s what we do. It’s important to instill this value into children young because they are our future, and we need…

  • Recipes

    Gluten Free Monster Cookies

    Gluten Free Monster Cookies I have a wonderful friend that always makes cookies for everyone at Christmas time, and she wanted to make sure I wasn’t excluded being that I’m gluten free. It’s hard to believe it has already been 10 years, but she took it upon herself to try out a few different cookie recipes, and I am to this day in love with this recipe of Gluten Free Monster Cookies! I’ve made them countless times and will use different candies or chocolates depending on my mood…or what’s in the pantry when the craving hits! This recipe has served it’s purpose in my life – primarily while nursing! Oh…

  • Silhouette Collection - Year 2
    Parenting

    My Baby Girl is 3

    Another Year Older My baby girl is 3 today. I’ve been super emotional about this all week long and I’m just not sure why. Maybe it’s the fact that I don’t really have a baby anymore, and we won’t be having another. As bizarre as it is, I don’t have baby fever for another baby, I have baby fever for MY babies to be tiny again. I want to relive those days again or at least make them last longer. I can’t help but get caught up in reminiscing about how Xavier was Scarlett’s age when we finally moved back to Alaska. How is it possible she’s as big as…

  • Raising a Confident Child
    Parenting

    Raising a Confident Child

    A Private Exchange in Public As parents, how do we know we are raising a confident child? How do we help them grow without unknowingly pushing our own issues or insecurities onto them? My children are nearing 3 and 5, and it already feels like a constant struggle. I was taking some time to myself recently and enjoying some coffee in quiet at Starbucks. While sitting there, I watched the strangest yet incredibly captivating interaction between a couple in line. For whatever reason, salsa music was playing in the cafe and while I noticed it, I didn’t give it much thought. That is until I saw the woman waiting in…

  • Potty Training Boys
    Parenting

    Potty Training Boys

    The Struggle is Real I’m struggling guys. Where do we find the balance of letting our children become independent and restricting them for the sake of having to clean less? LOL! I’m especially talking about potty training boys – where’s the balance in that?! Xavier is nearing 5 and has recently decided it’s time to stand while going potty…let’s be honest though, that harebrained idea came up with Daddy’s help. And I’ll tell you why – Daddy thinks it’s time for him to be a big boy. You know what I think – What a stupid idea! I’m already at max capacity for cleaning the bathroom since this nonsense started…

  • WAHM SAHM
    Business

    7 Tips to Balancing Being Mom and Working From Home

    The WAH/SAH Juggling Act Finding balance is difficult to find when working from home, or at least it feels that way when you first start out. Your new business is budding and needs all the love and attention it can get, but so are your children – something’s gotta give and you don’t want it to be either! For me, the realization you pay for everything in either time or money resonated loudly. Talk about a lightbulb moment. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a hot mess and have some work to do, but overall, I’m finding it and here’s how! Here are my 7 Tips to Balancing Being a…

  • mom guilt
    Parenting

    Letting Go of The Mom Guilt

    We Do it To Ourselves Mom guilt is real and it sucks! I am by far my biggest critic and I’m quite certain most mothers can relate. So you know what I did? I let it go. Sure, it rears it’s ugly head from time to time, but that’s okay because I don’t let it dominate me anymore. Learning how to push those thoughts aside is difficult, but with practice we can all accomplish it. Making it a common practice of letting go of the mom guilt has had the greatest of impacts on my mental health. If Mama Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy We all love our children. The…

  • postpartum
    Parenting

    Postpartum Life – Is this normal?

    Is This Normal? I told you recently how my spirit animal is a duck, but I’ve done some tremendous self-reflection since realizing this. I’ve always known I was this way but never equated it to being a duck until I was 32. That’s kind of nuts in retrospect. I’m a mother of two young children, ages two and four, and life is busy. Being a mom is hard. Absolutely amazing, but so damn hard. That transition from no children, to one child, to two children, and then trying to figure out who the hell I was along the way has been a struggle! Like all moms, I let myself go…

  • parenting
    Parenting

    A Day in The Life – What the fuck?

    A Day in The Life Mr. Fun Suck and I were walking through Home Depot recently with Scarlett and Xavier. You best better believe we had one of those insanely annoying, I mean amazing, double steering wheel shopping carts for this quick outing. You know, the ones that are supposed to make everything so much easier for parents because they magically keep your children happy, yet all the while you’re running into crap…Yes, that amazing cart. Oh and the magical happiness? It only lasts for roughly 47 seconds before one drops something and the other tries to take the other child’s steering wheel. Thanks for that, Home Depot. Anyway, as…