Why Time Spent Together As A Family Is Important To Child Development

After several long months of putting my head down and working crazy hours, I took a break. With my computer shut, my attention was no longer split between family and work, but instead, it was put entirely on my family. This weekend, we spent every minute together. We laid in hammocks, played games of tag, and hopped around the living room with our new pet bunny. In the evening, we threw on our dirty shoes, left responsibilities at home, and went to the park. My husband and I sat on a nearby park bench. This particular bench was high off the ground and allowed my legs to dangle like a child — even with my tall frame. We could hear candid laughter and watch the freedom that ran through their spirits because the playground belonged to only them. Work was not on my mind. Instead, I was reflecting on my childhood memories with my family and enjoying the scene right in front of me! Bringing up children is one of the hardest and most rewarding parts of life. Having a family is often a huge dream for most of us, but along with the fun, it does come with hard […]

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The Best “How To Start Your Morning” Tips

From a young age, I’ve hated mornings. I’m ashamed to say that my younger siblings used to be terrified to have to wake me up in the mornings when we were kids. I was grumpy, irritable, and greeted the new day as if it were the closest thing I had to an enemy. My college classes were always scheduled for 9:45 a.m. or later, and my job after college was to work evenings and weekends at REI. I didn’t want to wake up. Ever. But then I had kids. They did not get the memo that I like to stay up late and sleep in the mornings. So my habits were forced to shift. Goodbye, long hours of working at night and hello early mornings… Though I’m still not completely welcoming to the early mornings, I have worked toward making them a bit brighter. The way we wake up determines the remainder of our days. Waking up in a bad mood or most commonly known as “waking up on the wrong side of the bed” can have a negative impact. While we can’t predict how our days are going to turn out, what we can do is ensure that we […]

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Important Items To Keep Your Travel Simple And Practical

**This post contains affiliate links** One of the things I enjoy writing about is travel. Though the past few years have been full of travel, this year has been focused on our adoption journey — so traveling hasn’t been a high priority. However, I do have a Nashville and (hopefully) Dallas trip coming up. Sometimes a simple life requires more planning, and I prefer to keep things simple, so I’m already planning for my upcoming adventures. Packing for a vacation isn’t an easy task. You might not have enough space in your bag, or you might be concerned at the lack of free space to fill with souvenirs for your return home. However, one of the most frustrating decisions to make when you pack is deciding what to keep in your carry-on luggage. It used to be a challenge to keep everything in my carry-on luggage to prevent me from checking a bag. But then I had kids, and a checked bag became essential. Though I still love when I do my once-a-year trip alone with just me and my carry-on, during most of my travels, I’m with my entire family, and that’s not doable. To help you prepare your […]

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7 Tips To Stay In Control Of Your Life

Let’s be honest, having a family, running a home, and handling your personal life can get all too consuming at times. While it shouldn’t always be stressful, it’s impossible to keep every plate spinning 100% of the time, and it’s understandable that you can feel out of control at times. That’s life in general. Many days I wake up with a to-do list that’s longer than the minutes I have that day. Even if I scheduled out every “must-do,” it leaves no room for error. And let me tell you, there is always a lot of error! But instead of sitting back and feeling down on myself for all that I didn’t do or being resentful towards the people or circumstances that keep me from reaching my goals, I’ve been trying to focus on the things that I can control in my life. When I spend time on the things I can control, suddenly I have more time to enjoy a nice warm cup of tea, or even arrive at places with time to spare. It can be the smaller things in life that puts a smile on your face. With that in mind, here are some of my top […]

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A List Of The Best Summer Break Essentials And Tips

**This post contains affiliate links see the disclosure on the sidebar of this website.** Summer break is finally here! Last year, we went on five separate trips to six different locations. We spent time in the mountains of Colorado, dipped our toes into the sandy, Bahama beaches, and spent time visiting great friends scattered across the U.S. So naturally, the travel bug has bitten us again this summer! We haven’t totally narrowed down where we plan to go this year as we are a last-minute family. But I am working toward planning how to make our next summer vacation go as smoothly as possible, and I wanted to be sure to pass along some simple tips! Maybe it was months ago when you booked a week or two weeks off work, but all that eager waiting and anticipation has finally paid off. Now you’re left wondering… do I have everything I need? The answer is usually “no,” and we’ve all entered that blind panic as we rush around trying to prepare all the things we need for a vacation. You had months to prepare, and you end up doing everything the night before. The key is to take a deep breath, […]

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