As the mother of two high schoolers, the talks about post-graduation plans, colleges, and future careers are prevalent in our home. My sophomore daughter receives daily mail from colleges and universities after taking the PSAT encouraging her to think...
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...
Valentine's Day was always such an exciting time for me as a kid. I have fond memories of my parents having a special surprise for my sister and me each year, a tradition that continued as we went off to...
As new parents, the last thing my husband and I wanted to think about when our daughter was born was one day sending her away to college and absorbing the rising costs associated with it. Sixteen years later, as...
Some of my closest friends and family disagree with me on this, but we are NOT paying our child an allowance. At least, we don’t plan to for the near future — he’s only 9. Possibly never, until he...
Let me start by saying that I have read Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I have finished her new Netflix series, and the KonMari method is in full effect in our household. When I say...
I am an extremely organized person. From the time I figured out how to line my Barbies up in a row, my organization system has more or less been "a place for everything, and everything in its place." And...
My son’s second grade class was tasked with a “genius hour” project. The directions were simple: It could be about anything the student wanted as long as they could present something to the class in a few months' time....
If you go online and dare criticize a woman — any woman — for anything, no matter how gentle, no matter how constructive, no matter how necessary, there's a good chance you'll face an avalanche of other women accusing...
The way you celebrate New Year’s Eve typically changes once you have kids. Your options get cut down quite a bit unless you’re planning on hiring a sitter for the night. Our oldest turned 5 this year, so you’d...
When I started writing for Jacksonville Moms Blog, my little people were 4 and 2 years old. Or, as I like to call it, “Prime Christmas Age.” PCA is the absolute perfect age where everything is magical this time...
When I think about the reason for the season, Christmas always brings about happy feelings. I not only cherish my own childhood memories, but also current family experiences of sipping hot chocolate among the Christmas tree lights while listening...

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