How to go Grocery Shopping with Children, in 22 Simple Steps!

Have you ever wondered how families with multiple children get their grocery shopping done?  Well I am here to walk you through it – in 22 simple steps! Step One: Plan ahead!  Plan out your family’s meals and snacks for the week, and create a detailed grocery list. Step Two: Ask your children if any…

“I Don’t Know How You Do It”

“I don’t know how you do it!” This is probably the most frequent comment I’ve received since having a third child.  And I get it because it is probably the comment I make most frequently to anyone I know who has more than three ;). Life with three kids feels like a circus most the…

The Only Silver Lining

The other night I was sitting on top of an Avengers comforter with tears streaming down my face as my three year old son wept in my arms.  I felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest.  I knew he was grieving deeply in his tiny little heart.  From his limited toddler…

A Red Lipstick Resolution

When asked what it was like having a fourth kid, Jim Gaffigan responded: “Imagine you’re drowning.  Then someone hands you a baby.” Jordan and I often quote that to each other and laugh together.  We need laughter in this phase of life, especially when we are trying to get our Maroon 5 circus out the…

In Defense of the Working Mom

I have been a Stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) for 6 years now.  When I first became a mother, we lived in an area that was highly academic and career oriented.  I didn’t know many other SAHMs and I  always dreaded the question, “So, what do you do?” whenever I was out in public.  People often had no…

My Mom

This past weekend we celebrated my mom’s 61st birthday.  I’ve been thinking about her a lot lately, now that I am a mother of three.  She also had three kids and my mom was my inspiration in becoming a stay-at-home mom.  Now that I’m on the other side of it, I understand that motherhood is…

The Mom Workout

At some point in our childless first year of marriage (the “childless” part didn’t last long… oops), I remember asking someone, “How do moms ever find time to workout?”.  As someone who has always valued exercise, this question really plagued me. Then one day Jordan and I babysat for a friend’s 5 year old son….

Piper Joy

On Monday, August 28th, Piper Joy Maroon was born at 1:16pm!  Her entrance into the world was fast and easy (initially), and our world was forever changed, for the better :). Here are some details about the arrival of our sweet baby girl: The L&D: My pregnancy with Piper was the easiest (apart from some…

The Momcourager

I felt tears welling up behind my eyes and threatening to fall.   Why was it that every single other toddler accompanying their mom was sitting calmly on their laps, well behaved?  Not my two year old. We were at Riley’s preschool Easter program and Copeland was screaming and crying, in full blown meltdown mode. …

The Leading Lady

There’s a scene in the movie the Holiday where Arthur (my favorite character) tells Iris (Kate Winslet’s character) that she is supposed to be the leading lady in the-holidayher own life but that for some reason, she behaves like she’s the supporting role.   While I’ve always appreciated the scene in the movie, I had…