Homebody at Heart

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"Ain't nobody like a homebody." Is a sign you will see perched in a few different corners of Magnolia Market by Joanna and Chip Gaines. For those of you who are a homebody at heart,...

Baby Items Worth The Splurge

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Isn’t it overwhelming to search online for baby items? Reviews after reviews, gadgets for everything, and the list goes on.  Truth is, most of it you don’t need. Save the money you’d spend on...

Why I Stopped Drinking Diet Soda

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Many moons ago, my drink of choice was Coke Zero. When I became pregnant back in 2011, however, I remember reading that I should avoid drinking diet soda. Not only does diet soda oftentimes contain...

Winter Road Safety Tips For Families

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Sponsored By :: Apparent Insurance Winter is here and we all know what that means in Texas... icy roads and too many accidents. As parents, we want to make sure we are up to date on...

There’s No Hierarchy For Pain (And Other Lessons From The NICU)

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Ten weeks ago, I sat in my then three-day-old daughter’s isolation room in the NICU, sobbing to the head nurse. In between the sobs were apologies: “I’m sorry you have to waste your time comforting me....

Hey Pumping, Working Mom, You Get a Gold Star

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It’s baby round 2, pumping round 2. With my first, I was an exclusive pumper (EP). This next round, I was able to nurse. Now that I’m back at work, however, I’m basically back...

Raising A Child With The Same Personality

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I always thought it would be super fun to have a child who has a personality similar to my own-- and for the most part it is! However, there have been more challenges than...

Has Cooking Become a Dying Art?

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I am in a dinner rut. There I said it and I feel so much better now. Why is it so hard to get dinner on the table each night? We live in a world of curbside...

What I’ve Learned During My Son’s First Few Months of High School

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In retrospect, Niko was ready for high school and his readiness has made my heart at peace. Don’t get me wrong, he was nervous (as was I). However, I witnessed a transformation in him...

HALTS For Simpler Parenting

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When our children are young, communication can be incredibly frustrating. Usually it involves crying and acting out and other fun-filled behaviors that push our buttons. It can feel like panic and exhaustion and anger all bubble...