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Mommin' in the Real World's 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is here! I love to find or create the ideal gift for each of my family and friends, but it is not always so easy! (I'm looking at you, Dad...) If you're anything like me, it is likely you are searching for the perfect gift for at least one person on your … Continue reading Mommin' in the Real World's 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

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The Best Dollar Tree Stocking Stuffers

Dollar Tree is a store that is relatively new to my small community. I don't shop there often, but when I do I always seem to find something great. Last Easter I was able to fill the kids' Easter baskets with lots of fun stuff from Dollar Tree without breaking the bank, so I went … Continue reading The Best Dollar Tree Stocking Stuffers

Grandma Julia’s Cranberry Salad

My grandma Julia's cranberry salad is one of my favorite fruit salads. With only five easy ingredients, it is a snap to put together. This salad is full of fiber and healthier than most Thanksgiving fare. My grandmother and I are both dump cooks, so my measurements aren't precise, but can be altered to your … Continue reading Grandma Julia’s Cranberry Salad

A Work in Progress: Building Self-love, Self-acceptance, Self-confidence, and Body Positivity

I have always had a difficult time with my own body image. There have been times when I have been happy with how strong I was. There were times when I was happy with how thin I was. There have been times when I didn't care what I weighed or how it looked because my … Continue reading A Work in Progress: Building Self-love, Self-acceptance, Self-confidence, and Body Positivity

Book Reviews: Peppa Pig and the Christmas Play, Maisy’s Christmas Party, and Little Robin’s Christmas

Disclaimer: These review copies were generously gifted to us from Candlewick Press. All opinions and views below are mine and those of my family. Christmas season is soon approaching! My children are excited, and frankly, I am too! In preparation for Christmas we have been reading their favorite Christmas-themed picture books each evening before bedtime. … Continue reading Book Reviews: Peppa Pig and the Christmas Play, Maisy’s Christmas Party, and Little Robin’s Christmas

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Momumental Mothers #8: Analena

I DECIDED TO CREATE MOMUMENTAL MOTHERS TO CELEBRATE WOMEN FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. EACH OF THE WOMEN I WILL FEATURE ARE DIFFERENT, BUT THEY ARE ALL UNITED IN MOTHERHOOD. Today it is my pleasure to interview Analena. When I read an e-mail from a reader named Analena, I knew right away that I wanted … Continue reading Momumental Mothers #8: Analena

Check Out My Guest Post: Learning About Art

Check out my new guest post on the I Create Art Kits website's blog! Click the logo above to visit the I Create Art Kit website! Learning About Art Thank you to our guest blogger Sarah Emerson. After reading through her entry, please scroll to the bottom of the page for information on her blog. … Continue reading Check Out My Guest Post: Learning About Art

No More, “I’m bored!” a Family Autumn and Winter Bucket List

I love Spring, but Autumn and Winter are close favorites because there are so many activities for a family to do together inside and out! I created an Autumn and Winter bucket list full of fun so you won't have to hear, "Mommmm, I'm so bored!" Family Autumn and Winter Bucket List Rake leaves into … Continue reading No More, “I’m bored!” a Family Autumn and Winter Bucket List

The Terrible Twos in Action

See that adorable little guy? Look at those dark brown puppy dog eyes, surrounded by the longest dark eyelashes you've ever seen. Just try to keep from kissing those soft cheeks: it's almost impossible. See that cute smile? Try your best to not give in when you say, "No!" and he says, "Oh," while looking … Continue reading The Terrible Twos in Action

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Yesterday as I backed my car out of the driveway, The Beatles' Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da began to play on the radio. The upbeat song about Desmond and Molly and then the family they create has always been one I've enjoyed. I have always been a huge Beatles fan, just as my husband is; that's one of … Continue reading Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da