Good Enough

Hey, Mama. Have you ever wanted something that’s simply beyond your means? For years, I’ve wanted a mud kitchen for our backyard. A little wooden stand with a basin and a counter, and metal pots and pans for making mud pies. It’s simply beyond our means. It’s not something we will budget or even saveContinue reading “Good Enough”

How A Weekly Meal Plan Can Simplify Your Days

Good Morning, Mama. It can be exhausting figuring out dinner night after night. For me, it wasn’t the cooking, it was the deciding what to cook that was so hard!!! We’ve been using this simple rhythm for years, and it’s made dinner time so much easier. It actually allows for a lot of variety, whileContinue reading “How A Weekly Meal Plan Can Simplify Your Days”

15 Minute Connection

Good Morning, Mama. It’s really true what they say, the days are long but the years are short. 4 years ago, it was her in the crib. Now she stands tall beside it. One month ago, he couldn’t pull up at all. Now he greets me proud and tall, holding onto the top rail. WhateverContinue reading “15 Minute Connection”

Why You Need to Try the 3 Marker Challenge

Hey, Mama. Want a simple, easy way to spend some quality time with your kids? We celebrated my daughter’s 5th birthday yesterday—and one of the ways we celebrated was with a family style “3 Marker Challenge”. You pick a picture to color (we often like to do it around a “theme”—for this we did “Birthday”!Continue reading “Why You Need to Try the 3 Marker Challenge”

Out of the Ordinary Days

I woke up later than usual today, and so did the kids. Breakfast was late. And leisurely. We lingered and talked, and I had a second cup of coffee. Our morning routines are behind; although they are slowly getting finished. There have been several quiet moments like this (pic above) as the bigger kids haveContinue reading “Out of the Ordinary Days”

Simplifying & Gifts

If you’ve tried to simplify or declutter at all, you’ve probably come to realize that birthdays and holiday gifts can seem to quickly undo any progress you’ve made. I used to feel a lot of stress around this, and tried to keep tabs on what was being given by whom, and ask folks not toContinue reading “Simplifying & Gifts”

How Candles Can Change Your Mornings

Good Morning, Mama. How do you start your mornings as a family? Our breakfast table often looks like this; as sleepy children wander in to the kitchen, they’re greeted with candles glowing and glasses of cold water waiting at their places. It’s amazing how candlelight can transform the mood of the morning! As we gatherContinue reading “How Candles Can Change Your Mornings”

Content Where You’re At

We don’t have a huge backyard. But we sure are thankful for the little green space behind our house. We play out there daily. We planted a little garden. We drag our picnic benches back there and paint with watercolors. We search for earthworms and play card games on a blanket. It’s a small spaceContinue reading “Content Where You’re At”

Are Your Routines Serving Your Family?

Good Morning, Mama. It’s going to be a beautiful day here in the Northeast, so we plan to speed through a few morning chores so that we can spend most of the day outside. While we usually take Friday mornings to tidy up as a family and get the house ready for the weekend, weContinue reading “Are Your Routines Serving Your Family?”

Simplifying & Legos

Let’s talk Legos, Mama. Legos are BY FAR the most beloved toy in our home. My four older kids play with them for hours each day. And so we gave away the majority of our other toys, and turned our tiny playroom (it used to be a porch) into a room for Legos! There’s aContinue reading “Simplifying & Legos”