25 Ways to Get Out of a Rut: Motivation for Moms

Let’s just put this out there, Motherhood is EXHAUSTING! Whether your are a mom to one or 10, there are always days where we have given so much that our energy and drive is completely gone. The daily mundane tasks that go into taking care of kids and a home can leave us feeling on empty. If you are struggling to feel “normal” or to enjoy your life, there’s a good chance you are in a mommy rut. We all love our kids and family, but there is only so much we can give before we need to refuel. If you’re feeling low, here are 25 ways to get out of a rut! 25 Ways to Get Out of a Rut […]

15 Resolutions Every Mom Should Make

 It’s that time of year again.  We reflect on the year past and resolve to do things differently in the year to come.  This year, why not try some of these Resolutions That Every Mom Should Make.   15 Resolutions Every Mom Should Make Post contains affiliate links For most of us it is the same thing every year.  A new year rolls around and we look at our life and try and find things that we can improve on for the next year.  We set goals and we try to find ways to reach our goals.   Did you know that statistics show that by the first week of February, 92% of New Year’s resolutions have already failed?  Maybe it is because we are focusing our attention on the wrong things.  Maybe we look in the mirror and try and focus on changing the things we can see instead of the things that are deep inside and hidden from view. We focus on “dusting” the things on the surface when really we need to deep clean. I’ve put together 15 resolutions every mom should make to help her be happy and ultimately healthy.  […]

30 Things All New Moms Need to Know

Do you ever wish you could go back in time and give yourself advice?  If I could go back in time, here is the advice I would give to  myself as a first-time mom and 30 things all new moms need to know. Advice for New Moms […]

Seeing Christmas Through the Eyes of My Children

Every year I make a promise to myself that NEXT year Christmastime will be different.  NEXT year at Christmas I won’t over-schedule myself or leave things until last minute.  NEXT year I will simplify and have more time to really enjoy the holidays.  NEXT year my shopping will be done early.  NEXT year I will leave more time for serving those in need.   But then next year comes and nothing has changed.  THIS year I am overwhelmed!   I looked at my calendar and I have something almost every day AND night until Christmas.  Realizing that made my panic mode set in.  I hate the feeling of anxiety that comes when I realize I just might not be able to get everything done, when all I really want to do is put my feet up and sip hot chocolate while listening to Christmas music. So through the chaos, how can we find joy during the holidays? How can I be a happy mom when I am being pulled in so many different directions? I think the answer is simple and right in front of me. I need to start seeing Christmas through my children’s eyes. Seeing Christmas Through the Eyes of My Children […]

The Invisible Mom – What You Are Building When No One Sees

Do you ever feel like an invisible mom? As though the things you do and the efforts you make as a mother go unnoticed?  Today I share my experiences as well as a beautiful message from Nicole Johnson about what you are really building when no one sees. (I originally posted this as one of my first blog posts in 2012 but wanted to re-share it with you since this story helped me through a difficult time in my life.)  The Invisible Mom Not long ago I thought I had my life pretty much figured out.  Ever had that feeling?  The feeling that you finally know exactly how you want your life to go and what you want to do with your life.  You feel content and you look at the future and begin to make plans to reach your goals.  You think that everything will fall into place and then…you blink and one second later nothing goes as planned.  Everything that at one point was so right for you suddenly becomes so wrong for you and everything you thought you wanted is suddenly NOT what you want. About 6 months ago my life did a 180°.   I pretty much had my life planned out but then I was reminded that life doesn’t always go as planned and that isn’t always a bad thing. […]

The Unexpected Sadness: Saying Goodbye to the Baby Years

This week marks an end of a season of motherhood for me. My baby turns three!  When my youngest son was born, I knew that he would be the last baby to enter our family, but I wasn’t prepared for the unexpected sadness that came as I watched each milestone pass by in his life.  Saying goodbye to the baby years has been much more difficult than I anticipated. Saying Goodbye to the Baby Years I recognized this sadness from the beginning.  His first bath, first smile, first words…they would all be the last of the “firsts” for me as a mother.  I still remember the day that he moved off of bottles and onto a cup.  I had thought that I would be ecstatic to put away the baby bottles forever and leave behind the constant dishwater hands.  But as I boxed up the bottles, deep inside I realized that my heart was breaking and I wasn’t prepared for the emotions that flowed in. […]

Yes, I’m Raising Boys and No, I’m not Sorry

It has been 11 years since I gave birth to my oldest son.  From the time I found out I was pregnant, I just knew it was a boy.   What I didn’t know is that he would be followed by 3 more  baby brothers and that I would forever be a “boy-mom” raising boys in a world that wouldn’t always be kind to them. As the years went on, I noticed one major shift in the conversations I was having with people about my family.  Baby boy #1: “That’s so great!” “Boys are the best.” or “I bet you and your husband are so excited!”  Baby boy #4: “I’m sorry!” (Really? Why are you sorry?), “Well, keep trying and you’ll get your girl.” (As if “trying” harder can determine the gender of a baby), “You can’t stop now” (Um, yeah, pretty sure I can) or the worst, “Your family can’t be complete without a girl.” (I have four beautiful and healthy children so yes, I’m pretty sure it can be complete.)  I’ve heard all of these and then some. […]

Enjoy Life – Monday Motivation

I’ve always been a goal setter.  I like to sit down quite often and plan out the things I want to accomplish or the things I would like to see happen in my life.    But, I think because I like to make plans for the future and I like to work towards those plan, that I forget that life is pretty great right NOW.  I often find myself getting down or depressed over what hasn’t happened instead of taking the time to look around me and see the amazing blessings I have been given. I came across this quote yesterday and it made me stop in my tracks and realize that I am pushing away so much happiness because I am always looking to the future instead of being in the moment. Enjoy Life: Monday Motivation How often do we say…”When ______ happens, then I’ll be happy.”  Or if I get that job, or if we get that promotion, then we’ll be happy.  When we can afford a bigger house, or that dream vacation,  then I’ll be happy.  When the kids are old enough to butter their own bread, wipe their own bottom or pour their own milk, then I’ll be happy. When I no longer hear, Mom, mom, mom, MOM, MOM!!, 5, 793 times a day, then I’ll be happy.  […]

Dear Tired Moms: It’s Okay to Take a Nap

This post is for any and all tired moms out there.  Let’s get over the belief that it is not okay for us to acknowledge that we are tired.  Let’s stop feeling guilty if we need some down time.  This letter is for you.  I’m  going to be taking my own advice so if you need me, you know where to find me. 🙂 Dear Tired Moms, I’m not sure who came up with the idea that it is not okay for moms to get tired, but I’m tired of feeling guilty for being tired. (Are you following me?) I am giving you permission to do something that most of us probably should have done a long time ago: Take a Nap!  Being a mom is ridiculous on most days and exhausting on our best days.  It is okay to be tired! Here are a few things that I have discovered over the years of being a wife and mother: […]

A Letter to my Sons on the First Day School – Back to School Quotes

I can’t believe we are back in school!   I am so proud of my boys  and I love their individual personalities.  So today I thought I would write a letter to my boys on the first day of school and share some of my favorite back to school quotes.  Back to School Quotes To my 5th grader, Today was the first day of your last year in elementary school.  You’re the oldest at school now.  The kings of the castle.  As I took your younger brothers to find their teachers and line up with their classes, I watched as you headed off on your own with your friends.  I planned on making sure you made it to the correct line and getting your picture (against your will), but by the time I had your brothers settled, your teacher had already headed inside. […]

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