5 Tips for Dog Parents During National Walk Your Dog Week

5 Dog Walking Tips for National Walk Your Dog Week

Growing up, I never had any pets. They were strictly forbidden in our house because my parents couldn't stand the thought of animal hair in the house. Well, I take that back, for awhile we had an aquarium full of fish but they're about as fun to play with as a pet rock. Despite my lack of pet exposure for 18 years, I've always been an animal lover. I have a unique bond with cats especially that just comes naturally. Dogs on the other hand, … [Read more...]

16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom – How I Lived that Life & Made It

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For the past two weeks or so, I've found myself watching old episodes of MTV's 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom on Amazon Prime. The first few episodes was just me being bored with nothing better to watch and then I started seeing myself in some of the girls. I was taking a trip down memory lane, an almost painful one. I was 16 and pregnant. I was also 17 and pregnant. And I was a Teen Mom. The quick version. I had a great relationship that … [Read more...]

The Day They All Grew Up and Left Me

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For the past 30 minutes or so, I've been sitting at my desk, staring at the walls, glancing out the window and even twiddling my thumbs a bit. I've been doing this off and on for last week or so. When I'm not sitting here wondering what I should be doing, I'm cleaning, tending to the dog and trying to think of other things to occupy my time. What's funny is, a month ago I couldn't wait for my days to be filled with silence and the freedom to … [Read more...]

Life with Daughters … Sometimes You Just Gotta Roll With It

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Up until yesterday, my husband and I thought we had most of this parenting thing covered. We've made it through years newborn to 13 with our son and he put us through just about every situation imaginable, short of broken bones and life threatening illnesses. And we've thus far survived years newborn through 7 years with our daughter. By the time Emma is a teenager, I figure we'll be pros. But that doesn't mean we don't hit stumbling blocks that … [Read more...]

Kaydee’s 7th “Beach Party” Birthday

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For the first time in years I actually got away with a super simple birthday party for Miss Kaydee. On July 1st, this little girl turned 7 and wanted a beach themed birthday. Instead of all the decorations and little themed foods I usually do, she decided to spend the day at the local water park. That of course was a lot of fun, despite the mean lifeguard that made her cry. I suppose part of why that happened is our fault. My husband gave this … [Read more...]

A Smile Changes Everything #PowerOfASmile

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A smile is one of the simplest expressions we can share with the people around us. It's a way to spread joy without much effort at all. My own children, they smile dozens of times every single day. In fact, seeing their little smiles every day  are one of the best parts of being a mother for me. When I'm in the worst of moods, one little puffy cheeked grin from my little Emma can turn my whole day around. But not every parent is so … [Read more...]

Happy Easter

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I hope y'all have a wonderful and blessed Easter holiday! We'll be spending out day hunting Easter eggs, cooking up a delicious ham, carving into a special cake and hopefully some relaxing in between. Oh, and probably trying to tame the kids with their awful sugar high from all the Easter candy. … [Read more...]

Pass the Camera and Get In the Photo with the #MomIsHere Sweepstakes

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This sponsored post was written while participating in my partnership with Sprout and One2One Network, but as always, all opinions are my own. In my closet, there's a bucket. This bucket is full of photo albums and loose photos that I've taken over the years. There are hundreds of them! If you were to look on my external hard drive, you'd find thousands of photos I've taken. Most of these photos are ones I've personally taken since the … [Read more...]