Weekly Menu with Meal Plan; Last week’s menu in review

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Here's the truth: First--I procrastinated with meal planning.  Yesterday was a busy...packed...fun...but really difficult day. Also, I planned this week's meals while chasing bouncy balls down our steep driveway. C'est la vie. Aaaaaanyway...here's some more truth: I busted my grocery budget last week.  Whole30 never really promised a small grocery bill...especially when you're ONLY eating Continue Reading

The first 13


Let's talk about the first 13. Those first 13 weeks of pregnancy, that is. Most every pregnant woman sees a positive pregnancy test somewhere between weeks three and four...that is if she is trying to conceive; any woman who has spent more than one month in this process understands what the abbreviations TTC; DPO; PPT; BBT; BFN; BFP mean.  And let's be real, there is NOTHING more Continue Reading

Weekly Menu with grocery list (7/19-25)

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Welcome to my new weekly feature--the weekly menu. I cannot tell you how long menu planning and grocery list making takes me each week.  Its embarrassing.  I am not a chef, and take all of my inspiration from the amazing chefs I have at my disposal, thanks to foodie bloggers. I want to make my blog more friendly for all mamas; especially those who'd admit that a little time saving could go a Continue Reading

Alpha and Omega: A double book review

A few weeks ago, I witnessed a moment I never should have seen. But I am really glad I got to see it. My most beautiful friend got married and I had the honor of standing by her side. The stage was set; bridal party in que; and the bride was patiently waiting for her father in her bridal suite.  As the mothers of the bride and groom began to walk down the aisle, I noticed one very proud Continue Reading

To the graduating seniors (who changed my life forever)

Today is your day, sweet graduates. Today is the day you walk across the field, receive your diploma, and move forward into your future without looking back. I was there on your first day.  I remember your first steps into the dirty floor of our mod.  I remember your precious, anxious faces as you sat at the little brown box desks that I fought tirelessly to keep straight for your first Continue Reading

To Do lists (Guest Post by Lynne of The Sweet Midlife)


Today, I'm honored to have a guest post from Lynne of The Sweet Midlife.  Lynne has been such a huge supporter of this blog from the very beginning and I always love reading what she has to say.  Today, she touches on a topic that has been top of mind for me lately--the never ending to do list and the ever-present struggle between getting things done and choosing your children. Continue Reading

To the soon-to-be mama


I see you, little mama. You haven't quite gotten used to that name, yet.  After all, you haven't met your little one.  You haven't seen his or her little nose or kissed each one of his or her little fingers.  You feel tired: tired of being pregnant; tired of well-intentioned strangers; tired of the looks directed at your over-stretched belly as if they've never seen something so foreign. You Continue Reading

Standby faith (On Calvary’s Hill Book Review)


If you ever want to know how truly ugly human nature is, fly standby. Purchasing a standby ticket is a low-risk, high reward practice.  Last weekend I purchased a round-trip standby request for $50: a regular ticket would've cost upwards of $500.  In the grand scheme of travel, $50 is peanuts. Spending a tenth of a regular priced ticket is lovely.  Waiting for a seat is not. Most of Continue Reading

Why you probably shouldn’t trust a blogger…


I am not usually one for sweeping generalizations; in fact, I used to make the papers of my former students bleed purple ink if I ever saw statements like, In today's society, everyone believes that women are more emotional than men. The horror. There is so much wrong with that sentence.  First, what to which other society is the writer referring? Yesterday's society did not believe that Continue Reading

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award


Well, what do you know.  I've been nominated by the lovely Tarynn at Mama By Fire for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.  How fun! Tarynn and I connected through one of the best blogging groups around and I must say, she's pretty fantastic.  She's much better with social media than I am and usually posts some of the most intriguing links over on her Facebook Page.  She is candid and Continue Reading