Before I became a parent, I swore that if I had kids, they would NEVER cause a ruckus in a restaurant. (Yeah… I know… I was one of THOSE people, and all of us parents are rolling their eyes at my naivety.) I figured that somehow, I would be able to control my kids and… Read More Mom Hacks for Taking a Baby to a Restaurant
Once upon a time, I thought going to the beach was a relaxing, restful way to spend the day. And then I had a baby. Now, a trip to the beach is mostly filled with trying to keep my son Raleigh from stealing other kids’ toys. It doesn’t matter that we brought an entire bag… Read More Going to the Beach with Kids | 12 Summer Must Haves to Make Beach Trips a Success
Parenting is tough. Many moons ago I heard another mom liken parenthood to trying to peel an orange with a screwdriver. It’s super messy and someone is bound to get hurt. But being a parent is filled with many heart-warming moments too. Raising children is an amazing experience, and one that will fill your heart… Read More Extreme Parenting Moments That Are Funny Only in Hindsight
There are a wide range of memorable moments in parenting ranging from the warm and emotional moments, to the ones when you want to throw an adult tantrum. You know, lay down of the floor and pitch a big, loud, messy FIT. If you have those types of “moments”…no worries; you are NORMAL. All parents… Read More Parents Need Time Outs Too | Knowing When to Step Back
I am in the thick of motherhood right now. Some people call it being “in the trenches.” Whatever name you give it, I’m in the middle of it: the blessedly good but completely exhausting days of raising a young toddler. It’s mind-boggling to me how in the span of a single day, my thoughts and… Read More The Dichotomy of Parenthood | How is it so GOOD and HARD at the same time?
Now that Memorial Day Weekend and the beginning of June have come and gone, it is officially summer “Up North.” And if those clues weren’t obvious enough, the overnight increase in traffic is shouting to us: “Summer is here!” Anyone who lives in a place with long, cold, dreary winters knows what it’s like to… Read More 4 Tips For An Epic Summer
It was one of those magical mornings when our kids were busy with other people, the weather was great and the three of us actually had time to get together. We met for a special Up North Parent photoshoot and some hardcore brainstorming. The morning went fast as we pondered outfits that coordinated and prayed the… Read More The Up North Parent Photo Shoot | We Are Our Own Worst Critic