In my last post, I mentioned that when I’m getting ready for an outing with my son, I pack something that I call a ‘God Help Me Bag’ (GHMB for the purposes of this post). A GHMB is a...
My goal this year is to reduce food waste. That's easier said than done with a busy family, however. I want my family to lead an environmentally-friendly lifestyle. However, I find this task is overwhelming. I narrowed down my focus...
I use some crazy cleaning strategies in my house. I get desperate for a solution to the mess. Crazy cleaning strategies are the only ones that actually work in my house. I have tried the more usual methods, such as...
I know some people (myself included) are in the school of thought that too much planning is never a bad thing. “Measure twice, cut once," amirite? My friends, this couldn’t be more wrong. I’ve mentioned a few times in my...
When I returned to work after maternity leave, my husband switched to working second shift so he could be at home with our 4 month old son during the day. I’m not going to lie, the idea of leaving...
Three years ago, I gave birth to a precious baby girl, which has provided me with the opportunity to finally shop in the ninety percent of the store that is dedicated to the color pink. For years, I dreamed...
As fall brings cooler weather, I realize that my kids’ coats and shoes are completely out of control. The haphazard pile of cold weather necessities is taking over my house. You see, there is no coat closet at the door...
Every year, when the leaves start to fall, I can’t help but get excited. I love all things fall: apple-picking, carving pumpkins, Halloween, baking pretty much anything that involves cinnamon, and consuming anything and everything pumpkin spice flavored. But,...
The drive to simplify has become a national phenomenon in response to our national consumer excesses. Instead of buying more and needing more, there has been an upswing in the popularity of simplicity. Whether this is overall minimalism or...
The moment I decided I wanted to be a mom filled me with excitement, curiosity, love, and a whole lot of fear and dread (because let’s be real, the fact that we CHOOSE to grow a human inside of...
Recently, we let some laundry pile up… okay, a lot of laundry. Like, four clean loads to fold and at least that many to wash.  I felt like there was laundry everywhere and the situation was impossible to get a...
When I told my daughter, Violet, that I would be combining her birthday party with her little sister's last summer, I expected some pouting. Instead, she surprised me by announcing that she wanted a Doctor Seuss birthday party featuring...
I have a love/hate relationship with laundry. I love that all I have to get it washed is toss it in the machine.  It’s just so easy in comparison to everything else I do around the house. At least until I...
There was always a busy season. Once upon a time, I had a job where I left my house every day. I traveled to a different building, where I would work with live human adult colleagues at the same time...

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