Just BE

week 3

It was just your average Saturday morning. The family had been dressed and breakfasted. Everyone was settling into their groove for the day: My oldest was outdoors with his friends, the baby was napping, I was cleaning (not that you can tell from the photo), and Daddy was playing with the girls. In typical toddler fashion, each girl had brought him a toy, a puzzle, a brush, a book. One book … [Read more...]

There Was A Mommy

There Was A Mommy

Once upon a time, there was a mommy. She loved being a mommy, but she was also a teacher and she loved that too. Some times during her life she was just a mommy. She stayed at home with her children, showing them how much she cared for them with hugs and kisses and by making nutritious lunches and squatting down to talk with them at their eye level. When they woke up in the morning she would … [Read more...]

Chicken Divan

chicken divan casserole

Growing up as the oldest of 6 kids, we used to joke about how every dinner was some variation of chicken, rice, and broccoli. Now that I’m a busy working mom of 4, I understand what my mom was up to way back then. It’s a challenge to find filling meals that work for everyone and are easy on the budget! If you’ve just come home from work and decide to bake a chicken divan casserole, it’s going to … [Read more...]

Emily vs. the Camera

Emmy and Baby

Did you know that cameras are snobs? They are. Because there are some people that cameras just don’t get along well with, and one of those people is Emily. I’ve been working on this project of taking a photo a week and sharing the story that goes with it. Last week I shared a photo of Madeline and how she managed to get some extra attention from Mommy and Daddy by rising at dawn on the weekend. … [Read more...]

Why You Need to Check Out Kinsights


Let me start by saying that if you have ever Googled the answer to a parenting question or used Yahoo answers, you need to discover Kinsights.  What is it, you ask? Kinsights is sort of an online question-and-answer lounge for parents. Once you sign up (and signing up is free for U.S. parents!), you can browse questions posted by other parents or submit your own. Members who are in a situation … [Read more...]

52 Project: The First Week


I just love photographs, don't you? I find myself pausing at every photo in my Facebook feed to see what fun stuff my friends have been up to, or how big their son is or how sweet their dog is. That's why when I heard about 52 Project from Meredith at A work in Progress (who also has twins), I had to join in the fun and post a pic a week for all of 2015. How cool will it be come December 31st to … [Read more...]

Pasta with Kale and Italian Sausage

pasta with sausage and kale recipe

If you’re looking for a quick, easy family-pleaser, I encourage you to give this pasta with kale and Italian sausage dish a try. Kids love the penne pasta and have no idea that you’ve snuck in nutrient-rich kale leaves! Bonus: It’s low-calorie and budget-friendly! Ingredients 1 lb. penne pasta 2 Tbsp. olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 lb. mild, ground Italian sausage 1 can low-sodium chicken … [Read more...]

How I Got My Picky Toddler To Eat

Maddie Happy Eater 2

Our cute, sweet little 2-year-old recently went through an awful, nightmarish picky eating phase. All the “get your picky eater to eat” tricks that should have worked were useless with our little monster angel. Suddenly, she refused to eat foods that just a few days ago she ate with no problem. She also got panicky and went into hysterics if we even sat her in her booster seat at the table. … [Read more...]

Holiday Hullabaloo


This holiday season, I have been pretty sleep-deprived and busy with the new little guy. But look how cute he is! We didn't get much of our favorite Christmas activities completed or many of our favorite Christmas books read. But we did go see some fabulous holiday lights in a nearby neighborhood. This Christmas, all of us (Mommy and Daddy included) wrote letters to Santa. I know Christmas … [Read more...]

So What Are You Wearing Out This Evening?


Me? I’m going to wear a baby. One of the hardest adjustments to having newborn twins was that I was constantly trying to hold them. I had no idea how much easier things could have been if I just carried both in a wrap. It’s crazy that it took having the fourth baby to figure out the ease and convenience of babywearing, but this is my new favorite thing EVER. My journey to enlightenment started … [Read more...]