The risk and rewards of technology and tantrums

So we turned that corner. The one with video games, TVs, kindles, iPhones, iPads and computers all trying to get my 5 year olds attention at the same time. Now I’m not going to pretend in the slightest we’re a screen free home. We’re independent business owners, self employed and with that comes the hustle. The need to be connected to make sure you don’t miss the next big opportunity. But I want my kids to grow up, not out. So I try to keep the screen hidden as best I can. But this winter was rough and we slipped into “fine just take it…” Here’s how we’re working our way back. Continue reading

Embracing my husbands sweatpants

As a mom I spend a lot of time comparing my family and self to others. Not in an “I’m better” or “I’m worse” but in an “Is this shit normal?” sort of way. And truth be told I do sometimes find myself falling down that rabbit hole of “Am I the only one who didn’t brush their teeth this morning?” comparison.  Continue reading

We’re late! Sorry, I’m not sorry.

If you have children or children like people in your life, you might have experienced what I like to call “GET YOUR SHOES ON NOW!! running late”. That moment when you question why you are even leaving the house. Because as you pin down one child who decided that right before you walk out the door is the best time to do a stinky, you realize for some reason your other child has removed his shoes and he has forgotten how to put them back on. Even though you watched him do it 5 minutes ago. Like 5 minutes ago. Real time. That knowledge is now, somehow, gone. Continue reading

How to deal with tough sleepers

I love to sleep. That moment when my head hits the pillow and I know my day is done. I can just let go of those worrisome thoughts and turn off my brain. For a full 5 min. Because then I remember everything I forgot that day or some little person wakes up and needs a drink of water but really need to go the bathroom. We had a horrible stretch with Bear where he thought it was fun to stay up from 12am-4am talking about why the sun wasn’t up. I learned fast that kids need sleep as much as adults. And adults need kids to sleep unless they have a great coffee supplier. Continue reading

How to manage the Crazy

I’m in full on Back to School mood these days. Bear is 4 so it’s not full on school time for us yet. But September mean schedules and events and soccer and CrossFit kids and and and….. Did I pack any snacks? Who has clean underwear on? Did they brush their teeth? With all the shifts in schedules and new events going on how’s a mom to maintain to awesomeness and not get overwhelmed?
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Getting things back to normal: Chore Charts

Oh summer! How I love you. Long days of fun and stuff…. Honestly I’m burnt out. Summer is great. And we’ve had lots of fun this year. But man I can not wait to have our schedule back. The bears have free range during summer but September means Mama Bears back at the reigns. Continue reading

5 easy Screen free things to do when it’s just too damn hot out.

So we’re in the thick of summer up here. It’s been 90 degrees the past few days. I’m not turn on the oven. I’m not wearing any more clothes then is absolutely necessary. And I’m not stay outside for longer than to water my poor garden. The Bears love to keep busy so we’ve been at odds lately. They want to run around in the blasting heat, but in all honesty I just can’t. I’m known for passing out. Long story, fun times. Continue reading

Dear Mom at the playground on your phone,

Please stop.

I know those emails are important. I know the voicemail left by a potential client is hanging out in you inbox. I know that new house that just came on the market already has 3,000 views and saves.

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My son called me stupid: why I let him.

It was simple enough. Standing in the kitchen making breakfast one day, I heard his little voice. “Mommy you’re stupid” Thankfully I had already put down whatever utensils was in my hand. My mind spinning as I thought about how long I was going to ground him. How many treats were to be taken away. I paused, I took a breath, I turned to the little figure behind me. “What did you say?” Continue reading

5 ways to stop a meltdown in the summer heat:

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Ah summer! Longer days. Longer playground trip. Longer epic melt downs from who knows what. If you have kids you might have noticed that although summer is tons of fun, there seems to also be a lot more craziness. The Bears have taught me a lot about how to survive summer. Here are my top 5 tricks to get though a summer melt down! Continue reading