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This post is sponsored by Hy-Vee but all content and opinions are my own. HONEY MAID and the HONEY MAID design are registered trademarks of Mondelez International group, used under license Hey mamas! We made our first trip to Vala's pumpkin patch this week, so we're officially in full on pumpkin mode around here! We [...]

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #ServeWithACoke #CollectiveBias Back-to-school is an insanely busy time for any parent. I figure if I feel swamped as a parent of a preschooler, then those mamas with older kids must just be 100% overwhelmed! Even in the [...]

Making School Days Special

  Well mamas, my girls officially made it through their first week of school, and we're trucking away through week two! Eleanor is in 4/5's preschool this year and Everly is doing a day of Kids Day Out. So what has changed since summer? Well, for one, we can't stay in our pajamas until noon ;) [...]

Best play room table for your home

See how the best play room table transformed our morning routine. This post is sponsored by buybuy BABY, a brand I love. All opinions here are my own.  Mornings are without a doubt the most hectic time of the day around here. I'm getting everything set up for the day, the girls are ravenous for breakfast, [...]

CLIF Kids for eating on-the-go

Thank you CLIF Kid for sponsoring this post. Be sure to check out the new CLIF Kid Zbar Filled and encourage your kids to get outside and play! At the beginning of summer, I did a premortem exercise. I envisioned that is was September and I was looking back over the past three months and determined [...]

Managing an inconsistent schedule with help from Dunkin Donuts coffee

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DDIcedCoffeeToGo #CollectiveBias This Spring I started my first job outside the home since the girls were born, and while our weeks look a little different now, overall the change has been great for all of us! My gig [...]

Make summer break no sweat with a car kit including Tom's of Maine deodorant

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TomsofMaineDeodorant #CollectiveBias Ah, summer break is upon us! Those glorious, wonderful, special, and yes... even stressful months where the hours are long, the heat is blistering, and family together time is at an all-time high. After a bit [...]

My Rocking Chair

This past weekend I was invited to speak at a Mother's Day charity event. The Mother Knows Best event consisted of a group of local writers reading essays on the topic of motherhood. Thanks to my friend Jen for snapping a photo! It was a really fun evening full of hilarious and heartwarming stories. Today, [...]

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield through my partnership with the YoGetters program! Yesterday, the girls and I loaded up for a picnic lunch at the zoo right after preschool. I took a bit of a risk daring to skip Everly's nap, but it ended up being well worth it! I'm guessing this will be [...]

When I meet new people or catch up with old friends, I do a rundown of my girls' lives. New milestones, what they're currently loving, and maybe a funny anecdote from the week. And then I draw a blank. Sometimes I'll talk about my husband and his career, but after that I'm pretty much out [...]

Coloring and Conversations

Hi mamas! I can't believe this is my 1st post of 2017 - it's almost February for goodness sakes! As for what I've been up to this past month, it's been a lot of the same old mama stuff. Balancing the status of the house somewhere between "tidy" and "tornado"... keeping Everly's insatiable appetite under [...]

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