DIY Valentine’s Day Craft | Easy Personalized Candy Bag

DIY Valentine's Day | #diy #valentinesday #valentinesdaycraft #valentines

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. I’m usually too cheap to buy the standard Valentine cards at the store. If I have time, I opt for handmade. They turn out cuter and are often much easier to make than they seem.

Thanks to these cute little muslin bags and some stencils and paint I had lying around, an easy and cute DIY Valentine’s Day craft was only 10 minutes away.  An added bonus was that the kids had a blast making them.

Heads-up: I will say that if you are planning on doing something like this, consider your mommy mood first. If you’re feeling free and easy, go for the craft paint. If you’re already stressed, save your sanity and give the kids some ultra-washable markers instead.  Just realize that if the bags get washed for some reason, the drawings won’t make it. read more

New Year’s Eve with Kids | How to Celebrate

After the excitement of Christmas is over, there’s one celebration before the holiday season comes to a close: New Year’s Eve. We usually consider New Year’s Eve to be more of an adult-friendly holiday. The after-midnight bedtime and champagne toasts make that clear. However, there are plenty of fun and easy ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids.

New Year's Eve with Kids | #newyears #newyearseve #kids #family #party #holidays #2019 #partyforkids

New Year’s Eve with Kids #1 | Turn Your Living Room into a Disco

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, these shorter days are working in your favor. Take advantage of the early sunset by turning your living room into a disco party. With a portable disco ball and some music, you and your kids will have a blast. read more

self-care for moms | 21 practical ideas to re-energize your spirit

Self-Care for Moms | #selfcare #moms #momlife #mentalhealth

With the ever-increasing busy-ness of life, it’s no wonder self-care for moms is such an important topic. Never-ending streams of information bombard us all day, not to mention the demands of work and family. Our society is quickly becoming accustomed to the instant gratification that seems to be offered everywhere, from having information available at the click of a button to free 2-hour grocery delivery (which, let’s be honest, is the best thing ever). When you add kids to the mix, the idea of self-care for moms becomes even more important. read more

15 last-minute father’s day gift ideas

June is here and Father’s Day is just around the corner — this weekend, actually! I don’t know about you, but I always seem to come up short when it comes to gift ideas for dads. Why are they so hard to shop for?! Apart from the standard tie (#nothappening), or maybe a surprise flock of backyard chickens, it can be a challenge to find the perfect gift for him. And if you procrastinate like I often do, you’ll need to find something quick. I’ve scoured the Internet and have compiled a list of a few perfect Father’s Day gift ideas that are sure to bring a smile to that handsome face of his. And all are available on Amazon Prime, so you can have them on your doorstep by Sunday. read more

an honest note to moms on mother’s day

An honest note to moms on mother's day | #mothersday #mothersdaygift #mothersdaycard #mothersdaydiy #makemomsday #mothersdaybrunch #mothersdayideas #mothersdaycake

Caring for little ones is hard work. And, while it is certainly beautiful, it probably doesn’t look picture-perfect. I’d actually argue that maybe it shouldn’t.

Kids crash into your life and disrupt everything, don’t they?

I just tucked in a screaming, thrashing toddler who is now peacefully napping but still covered in dried-up yogurt from breakfast. And I also told the preschooler that, if she didn’t let go of the running hose RIGHT NOW, I would spray her with it. read more

10 ideas for an elegant mother’s day brunch

Mother's Day | #mothersday #mothersdaygift #mothersdaycard #mothersdaydiy #makemomsday #mothersdaybrunch #mothersdayideas #mothersdaycake

I cannot believe Mother’s Day is around the corner already! Lily has a special Mother’s Day tea at her preschool and I cannot wait to watch her perform her little Mother’s Day song with her classmates. I also can’t wait for actual Mother’s Day and look forward to kicking back with my family for a Mother’s Day brunch.

While I do enjoy having brunch at a restaurant, there’s something special about having a Mother’s Day brunch at home. It’s cozier and more flexible than one at a restaurant, but can still be just as elegant (even if you’re lazy like me!). Here’s the trick. read more

mother’s day gift ideas | what mom really wants

Mother's Day | #mothersday #mothersdaygift #mothersdaycard #mothersdaydiy #makemomsday #mothersdaybrunch #mothersdayideas #mothersdaycake

I remember Mother’s Day as a child. I couldn’t wait to give my mom her Mother’s Day gift (usually a hand-made artistic masterpiece, done in mixed media like crayon, construction paper, marker). I remember being excited to “help” my dad bring her breakfast in bed.

I also remember asking my mom why there isn’t a “Kid’s Day”.

[Cue my now hysterical-crying-can’tbreathe-laughter]

Now that I’m a mom, I understand the beauty in dedicating a day to mothers. I practically drool at the thought of it. read more

easy lavender syrup recipe | + 10 different ways to use it

With spring here and Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I’ve been in the mood for all things floral and bright. From the floral kimonos to nature-inspired children’s books, I’m swooning. One of my favorite ways to infuse this season into our home is with an easy lavender syrup recipe. I love the calming properties of lavender essential oil and am becoming quite obsessed with the flavor. The other day, my obsession spurred me to the stove to make a quick lavender-infused simple syrup (which I, of course, have been using on everything I eat and drink). You’ll love how simple it is to elevate your brunch, dessert, or beverage with this easy lavender syrup recipe read more

what you should know before getting backyard chickens

It all started when Lily was 1 and I had the sudden urge to get backyard chickens.  My parents were about to replace their coop with a new one and offered to give us theirs. It was the perfect opportunity.

Backyard Chickens | #backyardchickens #chickens #slowliving #homestead

backyard chickens | how it all started

Rather than chatting with my husband first, I decided to “surprise” him with the “news” that we were getting chickens. (It’s easier to ask for forgiveness later, right?)

My parents and I schemed for a couple weeks. They were able to pick up three hens for us and bring them down, along with their old coop. read more

easy Easter eggs (inspired by the real Easter story)

Easy Easter Eggs | #easter #eastereggs #jesus #palm

Spring really is a magical time of year. After months of cold and darkness, seeing the first blooms of the season is like reaching the light at the end of the tunnel.

It is a season for fresh, new beginnings. A season for celebrating nature and enjoying the sunshine. It’s also a season of anticipation, in many ways.

I can’t help but look forward to the brighter, sunnier months ahead. And of course, I look forward to Easter (which is approaching in just a couple weeks)!

We love celebrating Easter with the traditional egg hunt and Easter baskets. I also love finding ways to emphasize Jesus in all of the festivities. read more