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"You're gone an hour and complete chaos erupts," says my husband as I walk in the door from a run. "That's why I always feel like I can't go run," I answer. "Go. I really want you to. Just..." he says...
"Mommy, you look tired." I was 10 years old when I made that bold statement to my mother. She chuckled and replied, "Baby that’s called the mom look. It’s the sacrifice you make when you become a mommy. You’re too...
Providence Canyon, aka "The Little Grand Canyon," was a memorable day trip for our hike-loving family. Jacksonville is full of beautiful hiking trails, but some days you just crave a hike with a scenic view outside of flat-lying terrain. My...
I first noticed it in photographs. My 3-year-old’s left eye would appear turned in while the other eye looked straight on. Then other people started noticing and it started to happen more frequently where I saw it increase in...
When someone tells me they are having a boy I smile inside. I had always, always wanted all girls, and our second was a boy. I had no idea what I was in for. My girls are beautiful, wonderful,...
Being active and staying healthy can be a challenge for busy families. We have put together the best spots for fitness and wellness in Jacksonville to encourage and educate families that when it comes to staying on the right...
As a full-time college student and mom of four with a full-time job, I often hear, “Damn, I don’t know how you do it all!” or “You’re really doing awesome at all of this! I could never!” Now I’ve...
My babysitter has a cold and canceled just in case. I have 2.5 hours of conference calls before my son goes to his afternoon VPK class. I've done this before. Over and over and over back in 2020, when everything...
This too shall pass, right? That’s what they’re always telling us when things aren’t quite working out the way that we want them to. But if you’re like me — I like to think of it as curious, others...
Bribing to some people is seen as a dirty parenting tactic. Also known as promising your child something in return for stopping a tantrum, sharing a toy, following orders, cleaning a room, or in our case, pooping on the...
Or should I say, the "piece" I've found in puzzles? I started doing puzzles during COVID. Not the first round of COVID, when everyone was home and all was chaos 24 hours a day, but later, when the kids...
Last December, I found myself sitting at the hospice bedside with my grandfather. He fought a month-long battle with COVID-19, and although he tested negative before his release from the hospital, he passed a short time after. Anticipatory grief...

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