5 Best Read Aloud Picture Books for Kids (That Parents Will Actually Enjoy Reading, Too!)
Daily Life | learning and literacy | motherhood | Simple & Sensible "Super Mom" / "Super Teacher" Ideas

5 Best Read Aloud Picture Books for Kids (That Parents Will Actually Enjoy Reading, Too!)

I love reading aloud picture books with my kids for so many reasons. I know how important it is to promote literacy, especially while your kids are young. Students who learn to love reading early enjoy huge advantages over their peers in school. Aside from creating a loving and healthy home, fostering strong reading skills…

To My Last Baby – A Letter In The Final Weeks Before We Meet
motherhood | Pregnancy | Sweet, Serious, & Sincere Parenting Reflections

To My Last Baby – A Letter In The Final Weeks Before We Meet

To My Last Baby, We’re in the final weeks before we’ll finally meet face-to-face. For most of this rough pregnancy, it seemed like this point would never get here, yet here it is. These last weeks look a lot different than they did with your older siblings. With them, there was still a great deal…

3 Signs You’re a Mom Who’s Feeling Touched Out & Completely Burnt Out
motherhood | Parenting humor

3 Signs You’re a Mom Who’s Feeling Touched Out & Completely Burnt Out

Self-care is a super popular buzzword. You can’t mindlessly scroll through Facebook or Pinterest without seeing it pop up again and again. I’m not knocking self-care — I think it’s great. On the other hand, what I am suggesting is that you take a self-assessment, an inventory of sorts, instead. How are you doing? Are you in…

How to Survive Exclusively Pumping (Even With Other Kids at Home) –A Complete Guide!
motherhood | parenting tips and tricks | Simple & Sensible "Super Mom" / "Super Teacher" Ideas

How to Survive Exclusively Pumping (Even With Other Kids at Home) –A Complete Guide!

How to Survive Exclusively Pumping (Because You Can!) Very few people go into a pregnancy expecting to be an exclusive pumper (although some do), but exclusively pumping is exactly the situation I found myself in three times. I’m pregnant with my fourth and I have a feeling we’ll be going down this road yet again….

Going to the Pool with Kids is a Special Kind of Hell
motherhood | Sassy, Snarky, & Sarcastic Parenting Humor | summer

Going to the Pool with Kids is a Special Kind of Hell

When I was a kid, summer was the absolute best! Now that I’m a parent, I have decidedly mixed feelings about the season and much of the dilemma centers around the pool. In fact, going to the pool with kids seems like its own special kind of hell. I really want to love taking my kids to…

Deciding to Become a Stay at Home Mom. Only.
motherhood | Stay At Home Mom | Sweet, Serious, & Sincere Parenting Reflections

Deciding to Become a Stay at Home Mom. Only.

Today, I will be unemployed for the first time since… well, since I-don’t-know-when. My only job title will read: Stay At Home Mom. I taught my last class three weeks ago, finalized my grades two weeks ago, and this afternoon, I’ll show up to collect a few signatures and officially be done. I will no…

A Mother’s Day Letter: Thank You, Mom, for Everything I Never Realized You Did
Mother's Day | motherhood | Sweet, Serious, & Sincere Parenting Reflections

A Mother’s Day Letter: Thank You, Mom, for Everything I Never Realized You Did

As a kid, I always thought Mother’s Day was kind of stupid. I mean sure, I made you a card or craft and said, “Happy Mother’s Day!” but I can tell you right now that, growing up, I would never have written this Mother’s Day letter.  After all, you have a birthday. Why did we…

5 Reasons A Mom’s Not Responding To Your Texts (On Purpose. Ish.)
motherhood | Sassy, Snarky, & Sarcastic Parenting Humor

5 Reasons A Mom’s Not Responding To Your Texts (On Purpose. Ish.)

Hello Friend (or Family, or Coworker, or….)! These days, you may have noticed I’m not responding to your text messages in a very timely manner. Is it rude not to reply to a text message quickly? Possibly. Am I ignoring your texts on purpose? Not exactly… Here’s just a few reasons why I, or anyone…

Lessons From 383 Years of Parenting
Grandparents | motherhood | Parenting | Sweet, Serious, & Sincere Parenting Reflections

Lessons From 383 Years of Parenting

My grandmother had seven kids in six years (no twins), and as a colonel’s wife, she spent large periods of time raising them alone. Growing up, and even in my early adult years, we would always joke, “Man, I don’t know how Nana did it!” Then all the aunts, uncles, cousins –and even Nana herself–…

Everyone’s Entitled to a Hard Day –Except Moms, Who Should “Shut up and be Grateful.”
motherhood | Stay At Home Mom | Sweet, Serious, & Sincere Parenting Reflections

Everyone’s Entitled to a Hard Day –Except Moms, Who Should “Shut up and be Grateful.”

I had a hard day with my boys a few weeks ago. Truthfully, we had a series of hard weeks. I wrote about it, because, well, that’s what writers do. The article went crazy. It was shared thousands of times across various forms of social media and I received countless messages from other parents who…