• Best Cleaning Products for Housekeeping

    It’s spring and for some reason, this season triggers my mind to clean all the things!  It could also be that I have been nesting as we prepare to bring our son home from China (read more about that here).  Yes, I can confirm you nest when you adopt too!  Whatever the reason I am in major cleaning mode.  I thought

    Best Cleaning Products for Housekeeping
  • International Adoption Process Q & A

    Lucy, our youngest daughter, was just 5 months old when Scott’s sister and brother-in-law brought our nephew home from China.  We had walked with them through their international adoption process.  Never in a million years at that moment, did I think we would walk through it ourselves.  Yet, here we are on the brink of bringing home our son from

    International Adoption Process Q & A
  • Simple Kids Art Supply Storage Solution – Create an Art Cart

    Do you have tiny artists and a whole lot of art supplies?  Do you want a simple art supply storage solution that your child can maintain independently?  If you answered yes, you need an art cart. The problem we kept running into was that she would pull out all the supplies and it would be strewn across the table and then

    Simple Kids Art Supply Storage Solution – Create an Art Cart
  • Meet Quincy James Port

    On Tuesday, February 26th I woke up knowing it would be a crazy day, Solon and Vera both had dental procedures and they also had parent-teacher conferences that night with a slew of the regular everyday activities in between.  It would be a full day for sure. When I finally sat down to check my email after I got Lucy

    Meet Quincy James Port
  • Simple Spring Activities for Kids

    Spring has sprung or at least it has in my mind! Spring break is coming up and sometimes I need a few simple kids activity ideas for when the excitement of being home has worn off or a spring rain shower keeps us inside.  Break out these simple and fun spring kids activities!  Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy to

    Simple Spring Activities for Kids

10 Simple Habits That Will Improve Your Life Now

We are creatures of habit.  We like routine.  Our world has a routine.  The sun comes up in the morning and sets at night.  Our weeks follow a 7-day cycle. I spent years teaching first-grade students and at the beginning of every year, I spent time establishing daily routines and habits, practicing what they look like and helping them to…

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Simple Valentine’s Day Breakfast Ideas

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and kicking it off with a fun, Valentine’s day breakfast is a fun way to enjoy the holiday with all your sweethearts. Since breakfast around here usually includes frozen waffles and a variety of boxed cereal with bed-head, it’s fun to do something extra special to celebrate.  Let’s be honest, I don’t want to get up tooooooooo…

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12 Simple Valentine Activity Ideas

It’s almost Valentine’s Day!  I love a reason to celebrate mid-winter with my family so even though Valentine’s Day isn’t necessarily meant for the whole family, I always include everyone and celebrate our love for one another with some simple activities. If you are looking for a way to celebrate your husband or kids or both, I have 15 things…

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Favorite Valentine Gift Ideas For the Whole Family

Happy February which means It’s almost Valentine’s Day!  I love a good reason to celebrate, especially mid-winter.  We celebrate as a whole family!  What about you? This year, we will do our traditional heart-shaped pizza from Papa Murphy’s which all stems back from Scott’s and my first Valentine’s Day.  We ate at a local pizza place and they served us…

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Life Lately Volume 12 January 2019

We have nearly wrapped up the first month of 2019.  January was a much more low-key month but we still managed to fit in a lot of fun, a whole lot of basketball and plenty of downtime too!  Before we move into February, let’s take a look back at a little life lately around here. January started off pretty quiet…

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Simple Indoor Activities For Kids

Psst…I am so excited that my friend Angela agreed to guest post today and share some amazing indoor activity ideas for kids.  Thanks for sharing with us Angela! It’s no secret that winter days are long! With cold temperatures and less sunlight, we tend to spend more time indoors. I know winter days can get super long, so today I’m…

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Simple Ways To Spend Less Time On Your Phone

Recently, my phone got some water damage and it had to be resuscitated at the local fix-it place.  I didn’t even have my phone at my house and I was grabbing for it for at least the first 24 hours it was gone. I am addicted to my phone. On average I spend 3 hours and 34 minutes on my…

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How To Create A Life-Changing Morning Routine

For years, my morning routine consisted of being jolted awake by a set of tiny toddler eyeballs inches from my face.  I got up when the kids got up because I was not a morning person and resigned myself to the fact that I never would be.  However, I coveted a few quiet moments alone guilt-free.  I knew the answer…

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10 Simple Ways To Drink More Water Every Day

We all know its important to drink water.  The benefits include better skin, detoxified the body and improved digestion.  Not to mention staying hydrated helps us to feel more alert, feel full and curb those cravings.  However, with so many other delicious beverage options,  I am looking at you fountain soda, coffee, and hot tea, it’s hard to make yourself…

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How To Host a Favorite Things Party + $10 Favorite Products

This week I went to a favorite things party for the Des Moines Moms Blog contributors.  We did it last year too and it was such a hit we did it again.  Every time I go I leave thinking I want to host one.  Not only do you get some great recommendations, but you also get to know each other…

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