When you wonder if you’re a good mom…

If you’ve ever questioned whether you are a good mom, remember this one simple piece of advice I was given recently by an experienced mom…If you've ever questioned whether you are a "good" mom, remember this one simple piece of advice I was given recently by an experienced mom...Do you ever question yourself in motherhood? Do you ever wonder if you were really, truly cut out for this task?

I do. All too often. Continue reading

Omelette Waffles + Ideas for easy, protein-packed breakfasts

Busy school mornings require quick and hearty breakfasts. These protein-packed omelette waffles are so easy to make, and they will give your kids the fuel they need for a great day of learning.Busy school mornings require quick and hearty breakfasts. These protein-packed omelette waffles are so easy to make, and they will give your kids the fuel they need for a great day of learning. It’s just two weeks until I send Little Man off to kindergarten for the first time. I can’t believe I’m a mom of a school-aged kid! When did I get old? Continue reading

8 Fantastic DIY Birthday Cakes for Boys

Have a birthday boy in your house and need some inspiration? These eight totally-doable DIY birthday cakes for boys have got you covered.Have a birthday boy in your house and need some inspiration? These eight totally-doable DIY birthday cakes for boys have got you covered.

Note: This post includes affiliate links to products I have used and loved, but as always feel free to shop around for the best deals. See my disclosure to learn more.

One of my favorite parts about my kids’ birthdays is getting to make their cakes. I think it’s so fun to get crafty in the kitchen and create something that really reflects their personalities and interests. Continue reading

The day that naptime died: transitioning to quiet time

Naptime is precious time for moms…but eventually kids outgrow it. Here’s how we’ve transitioned to quiet time instead and saved everyone’s sanity. Naptime is precious time for moms...but eventually kids outgrow it. Here's how we've transitioned to quiet time instead and saved everyone's sanity.

Note: This post includes affiliate links to products I have used and loved, but as always feel free to shop around for the best deals. See my disclosure to learn more.

It was ten o’clock on a Sunday night. My husband and I had been struggling for TWO hours to get our boys (ages 3 and 5) to go to sleep, and we were both at our wits’ end. Sadly, this wasn’t a rare occurrence in our house at the time. For the past month and a half, this had been the story more evenings than not, and we had reached a breaking point.  Continue reading

Freezer Meals 101: tips, recipes + free printable freezer inventory

Whether you’re preparing for a new baby or just trying to manage the after-school rush, these 23 recipes for freezer meals that actually taste good (along with my free printable freezer inventory) will help make your busy days just a little more manageable.Whether you're preparing for a new baby or just trying to manage the after-school rush, these 23 recipes for freezer meals that actually taste good (along with my free printable freezer inventory) will help make your busy days just a little more manageable.

35 weeks and counting. This baby of ours is going to be here in just over a month, and–let me tell you–I can feel it. By the time I get my toddler’s shoes on and get the kids in the car, I’m already winded! Whew. It’s kind of ridiculous, but I suppose that’s what happens when a little person is pushing on your diaphragm and limiting your lung capacity. Continue reading

Simple learning: playground obstacle course

You don’t have to climb through tiny tunnels to play with your child at the park. This simple playground obstacle course is a great way to connect with your child and encourage them to get moving and learning in a playful way!You don't have to climb through tiny tunnels to play with your child at the park. This simple playground obstacle course is a great way to connect with your child and encourage them to get moving and learning in a playful way! I want to play with my kids. Really, I do. Or at least, I want to want to play with them. (did you follow that?) But sometimes, I’m just so tired…burned out from a day of mommy duty…and I just want to sit and relax or do whatever I want to do. Continue reading

Easy taco soup (Instant Pot + slow cooker directions)

This easy taco soup recipe comes together in minutes, is inexpensive, and makes a great freezer meal. Cooked on the stove, in the slow cooker, or in your Instant Pot…it’s the perfect weeknight meal.This easy taco soup recipe comes together in minutes, is inexpensive, and makes a great freezer meal. Cooked on the stove, in the slow cooker, or in your Instant Pot...it's the perfect weeknight meal.I know. It’s July and I’m posting a soup recipe. What am I thinking? Here’s the deal…this is one of the only soups I still make in the summertime because it’s so quick and easy, and something about the Mexican flavors makes it feel like it belongs in the heat. Plus, if you make it in the Instant Pot, you avoid heating up your house…which I’m avoiding at all costs these days. Continue reading

Best deals at Costco: 16 things I always buy (and a few to skip)

Are you a Costco shopper? The key to buying in bulk is knowing what’s really a good deal, and what’s not. Here are the best deals at Costco…and what to leave on the shelf.Are you a Costco shopper? The key to buying in bulk is knowing what's really a good deal, and what's not. Here are the best deals at Costco...and what to buy elsewhere.

I LOVE Costco. I can’t help it. I was raised in a family of five kids where “Costco Runs” (as we called them) were an institution. Early on, my mom taught me the joy of Costco samples, and I would usually ask to go with her to the store just so I could try out all the yummy foods I could snatch from those red-and-white-checkered tables. Continue reading

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

This super simple recipe for strawberry lemonade popsicles is perfect for getting kids involved in the kitchen and cooling down on hot summer days.

This super simple recipe for strawberry lemonade popsicles is perfect for getting kids involved in the kitchen and cooling down on hot summer days. Note: This post includes affiliate links to products I have used and loved, but as always feel free to shop around for the best deals. See my disclosure to learn more.

It’s Friday again–HOORAY! Do you have fun weekend plans? Here in Utah, we’re gearing up to celebrate Pioneer Day. I didn’t grow up in Utah with this holiday, but I’m always up for another celebration…so bring on the parades and parties! Continue reading

Four Days in London – Our trip of a lifetime…part 2

Here  are the best bits of the second half of our trip to the UK–four days in London. Travel tips & pictures for wanderlust fulfillment included! It’s been almost two weeks now since my husband and I returned from our amazing whirlwind trip to the UK. The jet lag is gone (thank goodness), and we’re settling back into normal life as the parents of two kids (with number three increasingly making us aware that he’s on his way).  Continue reading