How Learning to Let It Go Made Me an Unstoppable Mom – #UnstoppableMoms

sleeping baby

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.   2013 was a joyous year. We started the year off welcoming our… [read more]

7 Emergency Preparedness Tips for National Preparedness Month #PoweringSafety

Emergency Preparedness with Energizer

Disclosure: Thanks to Energizer for sponsoring today’s Emergency Preparedness discussion! Image Credit: Flickr When I was a kid living in San Diego, California we would watch the massive wildfires burn around our home during the summer and fall months.  Later, in my young adulthood I was living outside Memphis, Tennessee when we had a storm… [read more]

Blickenstaffs Toy Store – Where You Can #BringTraditionHome

Inside Blickenstaffs toy store

Thanks to Blickenstaff’s for sponsoring this post! It is a pleasure to write about a place my family loves! Stepping in the door of Blickenstaff’s is like revisiting my childhood. There are a few stops that are a must when we visit our family in Provo, Utah.  One of these stops is Blickenstaff’s, a wonderful… [read more]

I Never Thought I Could Homeschool, But…

Why I chose to homeschool

I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but I have officially decided to homeschool.  I never thought I’d be a homeschooling mom.  In fact, I am pretty sure that I’ve said more than once, “I could NEVER do that” in regards to homeschooling.  And yet, here I am. The biggest question in your mind must… [read more]

Our Zion Ponderosa and Zion National Park Vacation!

Zion Ponderosa activities

I can’t believe how fast the summer has flown by!!  Here in Louisiana we have just three weeks until school starts again.  This summer we spent half our summer vacation time in Utah.  If you haven’t ever been to Utah, I highly recommend a visit! After a two-day road trip we started our vacation at… [read more]

On to Zion! Road Trip Recap

Arizona near Lake Powell

It is images like this that make a 24 hour car ride with 3 small children bearable for me. Texas Wind Farm  I am absolutely captivated by the scenery when I drive on long road trips.  I was lucky to have The Husband driving this time so I could take some pictures. Two weeks ago… [read more]

Hiking for Babies to Remember Mom

Mom with baby lucas

This summer it will be 2 years since my mom passed away.  While I am truly grateful she is no longer suffering, I do miss her.  I miss being able to call her and ask her advice about childrearing–she had 12 of her own children.  My kids, who adored their “Grama Shell” miss visiting her… [read more]

Wordless Wednesday: Hello Spring!

Inside the Joovy CabooseX2

  Winter here in north west Louisiana is relatively mild.  We had just a couple days of light snow flurries.  Generally, it is just cold and gloomy. It is so wonderful to get outside and enjoy the warm, if a bit windy, weather!  When playing outside the other day and the boys both hopped in… [read more]

Our trip to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science!

Perot Museum, travel, Dallas, Texas

Hey all! I’m back!  Ya miss me? The family and I took an impromptu weekend vacation to Dallas, Texas.  I have an aunt there who I hadn’t seen for over a year.  She travels a lot so we packed up the kids and headed over for a little visit while she was in town. She… [read more]

Wordless Wednesday: Exploring at the Park

BabyZ at the park

Wordless Wednesday: Happy 4th Birthday, Little Brother!

Little Brother happy birthday

Happy First Birthday to Baby Z!

baby 1st birthday

Happy first birthday to my littlest man!   I cannot believe that a year has gone by since this little man came into our world!  And what a joyful year it has been.  Easy…no.  It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been wonderful nonetheless. This little baby boy has brought so much laughter, smiles, and love… [read more]

Candy Decorated Christmas Trees – Egg Allergy Friendly

candy tree banner

Finding holiday treats for kids with egg allergies can be a challenge.  For the last few years all I have wanted to do is decorate gingerbread houses with my kids.  But since they have egg allergies I never attempted it…until last year.  We were invited to our friends house to build gingerbread houses. My friend said… [read more]

Power Trains – Holiday Gift Guide Review


Disclosure: I received the follow products for review purposes at no cost to myself. No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions and thoughts are my own. My son loves trains.  He has two different wood train sets that he enjoys playing with but he has been saying that he wanted a train like his grandma’s and grandpa’s. … [read more]