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With a playroom full of toys and more board games than we can count, I still sometimes find myself competing with electronic devices and TV shows, looking for new ways to keep my children entertained and intellectually stimulated. Luckily, scavenger...
I’m finally coming to terms with my love-hate relationship with social media. I just saw another one of my old high school friends got married this weekend, and another one just popped out baby no. two, always exciting content....
I’ll never forget the first time I thought about being a “tattooed mom.” It was 2012, and I was crouched over my infant daughter’s car seat, wrestling the buckles while carefully balancing a diaper bag, when I heard the...
I admit it, I’m tired of birthday party favors!!! I think they are unnecessary and redundant and have gotten completely out of control. There, I said it. Out loud (sort of). Gifts for birthday party attendees are frivolous, and I...
My sophomore daughter has scheduled her SATs, and the reality that these are some of the first steps in preparing for college has truly hit home. Talks about where she might like to go when she graduates and what...
How much do you spend on groceries for your family each week? Who jumps for joy each time you see that staple product your kids will actually eat on BOGO, or the deal of the century on organic chicken...
For my son’s 8th birthday we hosted a Mad Science Party. The kids rotated through stations completing some fun experiments. Most of these experiments can be completed using simple household materials, and I’ve provided some links to some of...
Looking for some cheap summer fun? A great way to escape the heat this summer is to take advantage of $1 summer movies by Regal Avenues and Regal River City Market Place. All Jacksonville theatres participate in one of...
I will never forget the moment when my 3-year old daughter Audrey said to me, "Mommy, put your phone down!!" And this was after I already said I would do whatever she had requested in 5 MORE minutes. It...
I am a food-loving, cooking-calms-me, enjoy-a-great-new-restaurant kinda gal. Cooking calms my soul, and I know not everyone feels this way. Heck, I even have days where I’m just a woman staring at a fridge, asking it to make me...
My husband travels almost every week for work. Sometimes he works in his home office one day a week, two if I’m lucky. We spend weekends together as a family, and then he is “leaving on a jet plane”...

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