Letting My Husband Be the Hero

letting my husband be the hero in our marriage

Friday will mark my 5 year wedding anniversary.  5 years.  5 years seems like both a considerable amount of time and nothing at all. In 5 years we went from 2 people to a family of 5.  In 5 years we’ve learned to love each other and, maybe more challenging, tolerate each other. It’s been the …

Why Married Women Suck: What We Should Be Saying to Our Single Friends

why married women suck

I spent a lot of years (basically my 20’s) angry that I wasn’t married and irritated with married people in general.  Especially married women. Married women seemed so smug.  Sure, they’d say things like, “marriage is tough” and “I get so mad at my husband when he…” but it just sounded patronizing especially when all …

When We are Parenting Alone

when we are parenting alone

Today was day 12 of my husband’s 16 day business trip to India.  And today was rough. I’m not going to write about finding the silver-lining or give you tips to survive solo parenting because, frankly, I’m not in the mood.  No, I’m going to write about how hard this is.  How much being alone …

Felt Hawaiian Flowers {free template}

felt hawaiian flowers with free template

Aloha! Hello friends! I’m back with another fun felt flower creation, complete with a template to make your crafting nice and easy: Felt Hawaiian Flowers.   These sweet little flowers are perfect for those of us not lucky enough to actually travel to the magical islands.  Yup, the closest I get to Hawaii is my …

Mom Life: When Every Day is a 12 Hour Adventure

12 hour adventure grumpy

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Caribou Coffee. Every night when my kids are finally all in bed and actually asleep, I feel like I deserve an award–that there should be an audience there jumping to their feet, in awe of what I have just done, cheering the fact that …

10 Reasons Every Kid Should Spend Time on the Farm

10 reasons every child should spend time on a farm

With my husband in India we are soaking up another extended stay on the farm.  I miss my husband, but I love the farm and I feel so lucky to have my kids here, living the farm life and learning all the lessons that only the farm can teach. And this got me thinking–every kid …

Ham and Egg Crescent Cup Breakfast Recipe

Ham and Egg Crescent Cups

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hormel Foods. All opinions are 100% mine. A family meal time is about so much more than just the food.  Especially when you are outnumbered by little people. Meals with toddlers can be challenging.  They can also be just straight up torture.  And yet, …

3 Things God Has Taught Me Through Breastfeeding

3 lessons God taught me through breastfeeding

Last week, it seems, was breastfeeding awareness week here in internet land.  Much was shared and I hope awareness was created.  I missed the week dedicated to breastfeeding but since most of my married life as been dedicated to breastfeeding I thought I would be bold and share on that topic this week anyway. And …

The Best Days are the Days We Don’t Do Anything

The best days are the days we don't do anything

I’m one of those annoying people that only realizes how good something was as it’s about to end.  Or just after it’s ended. In my early days of motherhood I was chatting with my sister, a then experienced mother of 3.  Since I was at the game of motherhood for a solid 3 months I …

Animal Themed Felt Quiet Book Pattern NOW AVAILABLE!

animal abc felt quiet book pattern rs

Hello wonderful blog friends! Today I am so happy to release a new pattern–my 3rd Felt Quiet Book Pattern and this one is animal themed.  I think I might like it the best.  It was so fun to make since the good Lord has gifted us with so many cute and wonderful animals in this …

Why I Refuse to Teach My Children They Were ‘Wanted’

why I refuse to teach my kids they were 'wanted'

Little Bernadette has a new favorite saying, one we have started to hear at every mealtime, bedtime, during every car ride, potty break, moment of organized play and especially when I’m trying to get her dressed. “I can’t want that.” She huffs, looks at what I am offering, shakes her little head and says, “No …

Blogging for Real: Conferences, Income and Identity

Blogging for real

I am writing this post in exchange for a discounted conference ticket to SoFabU on the Road; however, all opinions are mine and mine alone. #CollectiveBias I am stepping out of my comfort-zone, and out of routine to blog about, well, blogging.  So buckle and get ready for a wild ride! Or, um, if blogging …

DIY T-Shirt Crafting

braided t-shirt rug tutorial

Oh my goodness!  I am so excited!  One of my bestest blogging buddies in the world, Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects, just published her very first craft book, DIY T-shirt Crafts.  It is jam-packed full of great ideas and gorgeous projects.  Adrianne is the queen of quick projects that she breaks down in such a …

Just Let It Be Hard: the competition of motherhood

Just let it be hard

We’d made it to the lake.  The weather was perfect, we had cold watermelon, the kids were playing together well, my daughter had successfully used the potty, I was there with some of my best friends and their kids and it was a Friday. Life was very good. We sat there in the glorious sunshine …

Christmas In July Sale: 4 New Stockings and Expanded Nativity

felt Christmas Stocking Patterns from Do Small Things with Love

  Hello friends! Here we are, on the last day of the month and I am FINALLY getting around to something I have been planning since April-a Christmas in July sale in my Etsy Shop–better late than never, right? Well, here are the quick details.  From this very moment until Midnight on August 2nd I …

Personalized Birthday Gift with My M&M’s

M&M jar

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of My M&M’S for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Sometimes my work as a blogger is just so fun!  This is one of those days.  Thanks to M&M’s I have a terrifically fun birthday idea to share with you today: personalized M&M’s made at MyMMs.com! …

The Natural Mother Myth

the natural mom myth--being honest about the hardships of motherhood

Some very kind people have complimented my mothering by telling me I’m a natural. You know, a natural mother.  That, it seemed to them, like all things mother came to me in some sort of effortless, magical way. I’ll be the first to tell you that that is not how it happened. Most of these …

Simple DIY Watercolor Lanterns

diy watercolor lanterns

I’m pretty obsessed with any and everything watercolor at the moment.  Anyone with me? What is it about watercolor that just seems to dreamy and free and fun?  Well, for these reason I am excited to share with you a simple project that will bring some color and fun to your next outdoor event, Simple …

Just Being Their Mom is Enough

the struggle to believe that just being their mom is enough

A few days ago I overheard myself consoling another mom, telling her what was true, despite her warped perception.  I say I overheard it because as the words were coming out of my mouth I realized that what I was saying I happily applied to all moms, except myself. “No, that doesn’t mean you’re a …

Promoting Writing and Pencil Case Tutorial

simple felt pencil case tutorial

Lately I have been going round and round on the issue of homeschooling. Thanks to blogland and wonderful blogs like this and this, I have been able to see homeschooling in a new way.  Since I am a former public school teacher, I never really concerned homeschooling…and now, well, it’s complicated. The truth is that …