Excuses, Personal Growth, & Christmas Shopping: Notes from My Day

Notes from my day: 1. I went to Walmart today with a budget of $50 to buy Christian gifts for Christmas. As I was looking at the exorbitant prices for the toys and glanced around at the shopping carts filled to the brim with these money-sucking objects, I realized just how ridiculous this holiday has

Life with a Picky Eater

Oh, how I long for the days when my son would eat just about anything I put in his mouth. It didn’t matter if it was meat, fruit, or veggie. He loved them all! But as he grew, his food preferences changed. Now it is a huge chore to get him to try anything new.

Gut Health and Weight Loss

I know that many of us are concerned with our weight. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, for many of us, weight loss is more than just a desire. It is a necessity. I know that I, for one, actually do NEED to lose weight in order to improve my health and reduce

Cajun’s Christmas 2014: Arkansas Women Bloggers Visit Cajun’s Wharf in Little Rock

      I am so glad that I was able to connect with the Arkansas Women Bloggers when I first started blogging and that over the past year or so I have actually been plugging in. I have learned a lot from this amazing group of ladies, have made some friends, and have had

5 Ways to Make Reading Fun for Kids

If you ask anyone that knows me what one of my top favorite activities is, chances are they will say reading. I have been reading for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I read at every single opportunity. During lunch, at recess, in bed, in the bathroom, at the dinner table (I actually

Kick Off to College Sweepstakes with Arkansas College Savings Plans

This past summer I had the extreme pleasure of being invited to visit Moss Mountain Farm to meet Paul Allen Smith, tour his beautiful property, and learn about Arkansas College Savings Plans. I was recently invited to come back (along with a group of other local bloggers) for another event and to learn more about saving

Travel the U.S. With Highlights: Which Way USA Review

As I have mentioned a few times before, I am a long-time fan of Highlights and their magazines. It started when I was a child. I clearly remember being excited whenever I would see the latest issue of Highlights magazine in a waiting room. I would devour it from cover to cover. Now, my son

Thriller Parody – “Toddler”

I just HAD to share this awesomely hilarious (and scarily familiar) Thriller parody. It plays on the way that moms can often turn into mombies (Moms + Zombies) when dealing with toddlers. This is probably relatable to any mom who has ever: *Had a toddler that refuses to sleep through the night *Had a toddler

The Lessons I Learned from Brian

FTC Disclaimer: I am one of the brand ambassadors for Arkansas Better Beginnings. In this role, I am compensated for helping to spread the word about their program. That includes blog posts such as this one. Howe Yesterday I was one of hundreds of parents and educators in attendance at the Arkansas Early Childhood Association conference

WAHM Tip: Have Goals and a Schedule

WAHM tip: Set goals and have a schedule! (Same goes for anyone who works from home) The allure of working from home is powerful! Trust me, I understand. However, so is the appeal of spending all of your time hanging out with your family and taking naps in the middle of the day (I have

Is Analysis Paralysis Holding You Back From Greatness?

Do you have a goal in mind and have an idea of how you can achieve it? Do you then sit there analyzing every single aspect of your plan?  Do you get bogged down in the murky depths of details, and research. Do you have to have a perfect plan that you tweak , retweak,

Plexus Worldwide Does it Better: Getting Plexy in Maui!

  Wondering what’s so special about this group of people? Not much really. They are just people like us: wives, husbands, mothers, fathers. Some have college educations and careers and others are stay at home parents. The big difference between them and the rest of us? They chose to join Plexus Worldwide and have TOTALLY

Give Forward to Victim of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Prank

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard about the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that was very popular this summer. The challenge was designed to generate both awareness and funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. People who accepted the challenge would create a video

The Ferocious Fours?

So…we just got back from Hastings (where I got some really cute mommy planners, woohoo!) and Christian tested me. When we got to the checkout, he grabbed one of the inevitable pieces of chocolate that they put there to entice moms and kids into impulse buys (I seriously wish that stores and doctor’s offices would

6 Lessons I learned from “Mom’s Night Out”

This past weekend I got a coupon code from Redbox that let me rent one movie and get another one for free. As usual when I get one of those deals, I let Christian pick a movie and I picked one for myself. Christian decided on Penguins of Madagascar. I fell asleep before it ended,