Adoption, Motherhood, Parenting

Understanding Respectful Adoption Language | November is Adoption Awareness Month

“My son Wyatt (her adopted son) is all mine. Little souls find their way to you whether it’s through your womb or someone else’s.”-singer Cheryl Crow November is a special month for my (Becky’s) family in many ways. Thanksgiving, deer hunting opener and my birthday are all crammed into an already hectic month. But another… Read More Understanding Respectful Adoption Language | November is Adoption Awareness Month

Kids, Parenting, Self Care + Wellness

Electronics, Blue Light and Your Child’s Eyes | Myth or Fact?

When I (Becky) was a kid, my mom was notorious for always telling me, “Don’t sit too close to the television screen! You’ll ruin your eyes!” I was never quite sure if that was true or not back then, but what I do know now is that my vision stinks. And I don’t think it… Read More Electronics, Blue Light and Your Child’s Eyes | Myth or Fact?

Health + Wellness Features, Product + Service Reviews

An Exceptional Place for Children’s Eye Care | Lakes Area Eyecare

We’d like to thank the amazing staff at Lakes Area Eyecare for once again treating us like royalty, and for providing their services to us for free so we are able to share our thoughts with you. We are so grateful! “There’s more to children’s eye health than just their vision.” This phrase shared by… Read More An Exceptional Place for Children’s Eye Care | Lakes Area Eyecare

Business, Motherhood, Parenting

Full Time to Staying at Home: Navigating the Transition to Stay at Home Mom

I (Laura) graduated with a nursing bachelors degree in 2008, and then started my own photography business on a wish and a prayer in 2009. I built it from scratch; living and breathing photography and all things business-related until 2014. In 2014, I had some sudden and debilitating health issues which served as a wakeup… Read More Full Time to Staying at Home: Navigating the Transition to Stay at Home Mom

Crafts, Shopping Features, Winter

Shop Local and Handmade this Holiday Season #LakesProud

We all have our favorite “honey hole” shopping places where we can get lost in the delight of looking at pretty things for hours. Mine (Becky’s) is Etsy. Etsy is an online market for handmade goods, vintage items, and supplies for crafting and creating. The Etsy community is made up of independent creative businesses from around… Read More Shop Local and Handmade this Holiday Season #LakesProud

Kids, Motherhood, Parenting

For Everything There is a Season, Especially in Motherhood

The Bible tells us that for everything there is a season. This holds true for the climate, plants, crops, sports, school and life in general. It applies in particular to motherhood. Everything is a season in motherhood. (Parenthood, actually, but I (Laura) am speaking from a mother’s perspective). The newborn days, infant months, toddler years. Considering when… Read More For Everything There is a Season, Especially in Motherhood

Books, Fall

Books and Pets to Curl Up With This Fall | Reading Recommendations from #UpNoPa

As the leaves turn glorious colors and the temps get into the I-think-I-need-a-jacket-today range, we think it’s a safe bet that many of us are looking forward to “chillaxin’” days of being curled up with a furry pet and a good read. With that in mind, here are our picks for Books and Pets to… Read More Books and Pets to Curl Up With This Fall | Reading Recommendations from #UpNoPa