Christie Pettus

Christie Pettus
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Christie Pettus is a full time working wife and mother living her suburban cul de sac dream in Orange Park, Fl. She is Mom to two awesome teenagers, McKenzie and Ethan, who have come to accept that certain parts of their lives will be blogged about, so they should act accordingly. As graduates of the University of Florida, she and her husband Ryan can be found rooting on their alma mater every chance they get including the more obscure sports. LaCrosse anyone? When she’s not judging her kids' questionable teenage choices, she can be found hiding in a room buried in a good book or writing, editing, and dreaming about being a full-time author.

Finding the Perfect Co-Vacation Family

Summer is in full swing, and with time off of school comes prime family vacation time. Whether you have an epic trip overseas or a laidback weekend at the beach planned, family vacations are...

If I Could Turn Back Time

I had my first child almost 16 years ago. I was 26 and full of excitement, terror, and toggling between "When will the baby get here?" and "Let's keep her in a little bit longer." The...

Raising Teenagers: A Day in the Life

If I had a dollar for every time a parent of young kids asked me what it's like to parent teenagers, I'd be rich. The questions range from mildly curious to positively terrified. "Are they...

Traveling With Kids: Give Up on Perfection

We are a family who loves to travel. Local or international, weekend getaways or week-long adventures. We're in for it all. The memories are priceless, and the chance to escape the distractions of day-to-day...

All the Ways I’ve Failed as a Mom

I held on too tight. When my kids needed to fly, I snipped their wings and pulled them back into the nest. Not because they weren’t ready, but because I wasn’t ready. I then...

The Gun Debate: Let The Teens Speak

So many things about the devastating news out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School upset me: a mass shooting in a school, the senseless loss of lives, parents dealing with the unthinkable. As a...

Teenagers are Basically Oversized Toddlers

I remember it like it was yesterday. We were headed to Disney — no strollers and no diaper bag for the first time ever. We waltzed through the entrance with our “see ya, suckers”...

The Other Sex Talk You Should Be Having With Your Teens

My Facebook feed was flooded with shocked posts. Matt Lauer fired for sexual misconduct in the workplace? Surely not the Matt Lauer who's been smiling back at us each morning for 20 years while...

We Can Disagree… Respectfully

There are certain trends I can get behind. Accepting leggings as pants? Yes, please! Binge watching TV shows? Um, is there a better way to watch television? The trend I'm noticing lately, however, is...

More Than Just a Facebook Image

A friend of mine recently felt the need to clarify her choice of Facebook profile image in a status update. She was worried her photo choice would be misconstrued as supporting, or not supporting,...

To My Teenage Daughter: I See You

Believe it or not, the above images were taken on the same day. One depicting my 15-year-old daughter as the little girl I've always known. The other a stark reminder that she's growing up...

I Did Everything Right (And It Still Went Wrong)

There was a point during my 40th year when I decided to take charge of my health. I couldn’t control my age, but I was going to make sure that whatever 40 and beyond...