Parenting

Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly

Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly

You all. I’m here to tell you about the best lunch ever: fried peanut butter and jelly. Fried peanut butter and jelly is the awesome lunch that I grew up on. I still love this lunchtime treat, and my kids do, too. It’s like peanut […]

Vicks in a Wax Tart Warmer Congestion Experiment

Vicks in a Wax Tart Warmer Congestion Experiment

When that time of year comes when stuffy noses start to creep in, it’s time to recall when we did a little congestion experiment and tested the popular Vicks in a wax tart warmer suggestion that can be found plastered all over Pinterest. My kids […]

Dear Mom: Stop Trying So Hard

Dear Mom: Stop Trying So Hard

I’m the kind of mom who spends a lot of time in the kitchen. I love the kitchen. Give me a day to cook and bake from scratch and I’ll give you…well, a whole lot of yummy food. I love to bake bread. I love […]

The Importance of One On One Time With Your Kids

The Importance of One On One Time With Your Kids

I know. You’re a homeschooling mom and you spend a ton of time with your kids. So why in the world would you need one on one time with them? Why do you need to take each of your kids out on a special date? […]

Independence, Mom Guilt, and How To Deal

Independence, Mom Guilt, and How To Deal

I used to think that mom guilt would go away as my kids got older. I used to think that as my kids became more able and independent, the things for me to feel guilty about would lessen. Y’all? So. Not. True. Let me tell […]

4 Tips for Being a Parent That People Like

4 Tips for Being a Parent That People Like

We all know “that” parent. The one who causes us to roll our eyes when they approach us at the picnic or the park because we just know—”it’s” all coming down. We don’t want to be “that” parent. Now, it’s not as if we should […]

I’m Done Cleaning My House For You

I’m Done Cleaning My House For You

Mom friends, I’m going to let you in on a dirty little secret. I mean, I love you and all…but I’m sorta done cleaning my house for you. In fact, the last time you came over to visit, I didn’t even clean behind my oven. […]

Setting Goals with Teens: Just Chill Out and Chat

Setting Goals with Teens: Just Chill Out and Chat

The older kids get, the deeper they dive into their own things. My teen sons spend a lot of time exploring their interests. At some point a few months ago, I started to wonder how we could use their interests to start them on the […]

Selfies: Why We Shouldn’t Hate Them

Selfies: Why We Shouldn’t Hate Them

I know. Selfies support all the yuck we’re told about our culture today – that we’re living in a world of self-centered, narcissistic, shallow souls who are needful of other people’s approval. After all, selfies are all about look at me, look at me! And […]

Homeschool Science: Will a crayon burn for 30 minutes?

Homeschool Science: Will a crayon burn for 30 minutes?

My boys love Pinterest.Why? They see pins of “great, workable ideas”…and then they see if they can disprove them. Yes, my boys consider themselves to be Pinterest Busters. Our latest Pinterest busting adventure came after the boys saw the claim that in an emergency, a […]