Must Listen to Podcasts

Crime Junkie

This true crime podcast features a new episode every Monday with best friends, Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat. I’m a HUGE true crime fan, and have listened to almost every top true crime podcast there is. Crime Junkie is undoubtedly my favorite podcast. I’ve listened to every episode. Ashley is extremely organized, and great about sticking to the facts. They get right to the point! There’s no talking about unrelated topics for the first 20 minutes.

Anatomy of Murder

Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi and Scott Weinberger, the hosts of Anatomy of Murder, both have professional backgrounds. Anna-Sigga served as a homicide prosecutor for over 20 years in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office of New York. Scott is an investigative journalist. Every Wednesday they examine homicide cases and paths to justice for the victims, while giving an insider’s perspective along the way.

Coffee Convos

Coffee Convos hosts Kail Lowry and Lindsie Chrisley are the friends you didn’t know you needed. That’s exactly what it feels like listening to this podcast, like you’re talking with friends. As moms themselves, Kail and Lindsie are totally relatable in some way! They talk about everything going on in their lives from buying a house, health issues, relationships, to parenting struggles.

Counter Clock

Investigative journalist, Delia D’Ambra re-examines old cases with hopes of getting a new perspective. Each season she tells a different story. In season one, Delia revisits her small hometown in North Carolina to investigate the 22 year old case murder of Denise Johnson. In season two Delia goes back to her hometown to try and answer a three decade question of who really killed Stacey Stanton. According to the local police the case is closed and a man has been sentenced for the crime. Everyone who knows Stacey considers this an open case with an innocent man behind bars. Finally, in season three, Delia investigates the infamous Pelley family massacre in Lakeville, Indiana.

Each season gets better and better! You have to keep listening once you start.

Hey Babe!

Hey Babe! is podcast where comedians Chris Distefano and Sal Vulcano just talk and have fun. I recently just started listening to this podcast, and it’s probably one of the funniest.

Moms & Self Care

Self care is a term that’s so ubiquitous that it’s almost lost it’s meaning. But at its most basic, self care is caring for ones self. It’s making sure you’re looking after yourself and your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Self care, to many people, is unfortunately associated with being selfish. There is this perception that taking care of your own needs first is being self centered. 𝗘𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗺𝗼𝗺!

As moms we know what it’s like to be thoroughly involved, with everything. Our to-do lists are a mile long, and we’re constantly juggling our own needs with those of our kids and partner. We all know that our place on that list is usually at the bottom.

But how are we able to take care of our family if we can’t take care of ourselves?

We’ve all heard it before; taking care of yourself equals taking care of others.

And there’s no denying that your kids benefit tremendously from you taking great care of yourself.

Self care can help:
  • Improve your physical health
  • Reduce stress
  • Build confidence and self esteem
  • Lower depression

Most moms reach a point where they can’t find time or just forget to care for themselves. Self care for moms?

Where does that fit in?

Let be real, it’s impossible to prioritize sleep when your child needs you at night. You can’t nap when the baby naps (most annoying advice ever) when you have other children to look after or things to do around the house.

What can you do for self care that fits into your regular routine, during nap time, after the kids go to bed, or while the kids are busy playing?

A big misconception is that self care has to include a luxurious spa treatment or lavish child free vacation. While it certainly can include those things, self care is really about maintaining your everyday wellbeing.

Doing things like taking your vitamins, exercising and eating a healthy meal are all part of your self care. These tasks that may have once been taken for granted, can become a major challenge when you add a newborn or active toddler to the mix.

Where do you even start?

Start small! Make a list of things that made you happy before kids. Did you go for walks or read a good book? Try to incorporate those things into a new self care routine.

It only takes a few minutes a day to gain the benefits.

You can find a list of self care ideas anywhere on the internet, but I have made a list of my favorites.


You can get a great workout in for 30 minutes or less. Working out will get endorphins flowing and send that happy feeling throughout your body. You don’t need to leave your house to workout, you can do this in your living room. My favorite at home workout has been with the Nintendo Switch Ring Fit.

Read a book

Take a few minutes to escape your world, and jump into another. If you don’t have a lot of time, try just reading one chapter.

Take a hot bath/shower

A bath is a great way to help you relax and have some alone time. Hot water will relax you while washing away the stresses of mom life. You can even add some essential oils or bath/shower bombs to help you feel more relaxed.


If there is one thing our mom brains need, it’s a break. Meditation helps you turn off your brain for a while and focus on just being. This will help with managing stress and becoming more present.

Listen to a podcast

It is super easy to tune into a podcast, and you can find one about literally anything. It’s a great way to “escape” into a story or learn about something new.

You’ve got this mama!

More Sunshine, Less Screen Time

Summer is here, and that means we are soaking up as much outdoor time as possible. Whether that is going to the park or backyard, being outside is a way for kids to use their imaginations and play.

Many kids in the upcoming generation are reluctant to run out the door for playtime. Outdoor play is being replaced with tablets, gaming, and phones.

It hasn’t always been like this.

Getting your kids to play outside is essential. Outdoor play has numerous benefits to children.

How do kids benefit from outdoor play?


We want to encourage our children to unplug and enjoy the outdoors, especially when it’s nice out. There are actually a lot of fun and simple way to get your kids outside that don’t cost a lot of money.

I’m sharing 10 of them below.

  1. Go On An Outdoor Nature Scavenger Hunt 𝙰𝚗 𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚍𝚘𝚘𝚛 𝚜𝚌𝚊𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛 𝚑𝚞𝚗𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚔𝚒𝚍𝚜 𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚍𝚘𝚘𝚛𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚗𝚟𝚘𝚕𝚟𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎. 𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚛 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚗𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚙𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚝. 𝙳𝚘𝚗’𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊 𝚋𝚊𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚌𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚍.
  2. Make A Chalk Obstacle Course 𝙸 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚐𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚖𝚢 𝚍𝚊𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚍𝚒𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚗𝚎, 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚌𝚊𝚖𝚎 𝚞𝚙 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚊 𝚕𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝚜𝚞𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚛. 𝚆𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚕𝚔 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚍𝚒𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚢𝚙𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚘𝚋𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚌𝚕𝚎𝚜 𝚜𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚊𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚓𝚞𝚖𝚙 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛, 𝚌𝚒𝚛𝚌𝚕𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚛 𝚓𝚞𝚖𝚙 𝚒𝚗, 𝚊 𝚑𝚘𝚙𝚜𝚌𝚘𝚝𝚌𝚑, 𝚘𝚛 𝚜𝚚𝚞𝚒𝚐𝚐𝚕𝚢 𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚎𝚜. 𝙶𝚎𝚝 𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚎!
  3. Go On A Hunt For Bugs 𝙴𝚟𝚎𝚗 𝚋𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚊 𝚋𝚒𝚐 𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚌𝚑𝚎𝚛!
  4. Wash The Family Car 𝚆𝚑𝚘 𝚍𝚘𝚎𝚜𝚗’𝚝 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚊 𝚌𝚊𝚛 𝚠𝚊𝚜𝚑? 𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊 𝚌𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚗 𝚌𝚊𝚛 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚔𝚒𝚍𝚜 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚏𝚞𝚗! 𝙷𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚛 𝚋𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚞𝚒𝚝𝚜, 𝚏𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚋𝚞𝚌𝚔𝚎𝚝𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚠𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛, 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚜𝚘𝚊𝚙 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚙𝚘𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚕𝚎𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚊𝚐𝚒𝚌 𝚞𝚗𝚏𝚘𝚕𝚍.
  5. Have A Water Fight 𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚋𝚎 𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚊𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚜𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚊𝚜, 𝚠𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚐𝚞𝚗𝚜, 𝚜𝚙𝚛𝚊𝚢 𝚋𝚘𝚝𝚝𝚕𝚎𝚜, 𝚠𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚗𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚞𝚌𝚔𝚎𝚝𝚜. 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚏𝚞𝚗 𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚔𝚎𝚎𝚙 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚔𝚒𝚍𝚜 𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎 𝚛𝚞𝚗𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚛𝚐𝚢.
  6. Paint The Sidewalk 𝚃𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚊𝚙𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚍𝚒𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚠𝚊𝚕𝚔 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚒𝚝. 𝙷𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚔𝚒𝚍𝚜 𝚙𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚝 𝚎𝚊𝚌𝚑 𝚜𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚊 𝚍𝚒𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚌𝚘𝚕𝚘𝚛. 𝚆𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚢’𝚛𝚎 𝚍𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚝𝚊𝚙𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚍𝚖𝚒𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚛 𝚖𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚙𝚒𝚎𝚌𝚎. 𝙼𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚙𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚝!
  7. Have A Picnic 𝙼𝚢 𝚔𝚒𝚍𝚜 𝙻𝙾𝚅𝙴 𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎! 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚕𝚜𝚘 𝚊 𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚘𝚍𝚞𝚌𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚠/𝚍𝚒𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚘𝚍𝚜, 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖.
  8. Make A Mud Pie 𝚆𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚍𝚒𝚛𝚝 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚠𝚘 𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝚔𝚒𝚍𝚜 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎. 𝚆𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚋𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚝𝚠𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚢’𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚟𝚎𝚗! 𝙴𝚗𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚊𝚐𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚔𝚒𝚍𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚌𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚒𝚝𝚎𝚖𝚜 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚊𝚜 𝚛𝚘𝚌𝚔𝚜, 𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚍𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚏𝚕𝚘𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚊 𝚖𝚞𝚍 𝚙𝚒𝚎 𝚖𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚙𝚒𝚎𝚌𝚎.
  9. Collect Trash 𝙶𝚘 𝚘𝚗 𝚊 𝚗𝚒𝚌𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚕𝚔 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚊𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚐𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚜𝚑 𝚋𝚊𝚐𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚢𝚘𝚞. 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚕𝚜𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚊 𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚘𝚙𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚞𝚗𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚔 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚎𝚗𝚟𝚒𝚛𝚘𝚗𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚑𝚘𝚠 𝚆𝙴 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍 𝚊 𝚋𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚎. 𝙼𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚊 𝚏𝚞𝚗 𝚐𝚊𝚖𝚎 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚒𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚎𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚌𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚜𝚑!
  10. Backyard Games 𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚌𝚕𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚌 𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚍𝚘𝚘𝚛 𝚐𝚊𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚔𝚎𝚎𝚙𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚔𝚒𝚍𝚜 𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚎𝚍. 𝚂𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚜𝚞𝚐𝚐𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚃𝚊𝚐, 𝙲𝚊𝚙𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙵𝚕𝚊𝚐, 𝙷𝚒𝚍𝚎 & 𝚂𝚎𝚎𝚔, 𝙷𝚘𝚙𝚜𝚌𝚘𝚝𝚌𝚑, 𝙹𝚞𝚖𝚙-𝚁𝚘𝚙𝚎, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚂𝚒𝚖𝚘𝚗 𝚂𝚊𝚢𝚜.

Some of my best memories as a kid are playing outside! Challenge yourself this summer to try as many outdoor activities with your kids as you can!

Getting Your Family on a Routine

This past weekend was Independence Day. Aside from going to a parade, my family stayed home. We blew up a pool, bought the kids some sparklers and water balloons, and played outside. As much as I wanted to go to the fireworks, it just wasn’t ideal for our kids schedules this year.

Our littlest (12 months) goes to bed around 7PM, while the other two (ages 3 and 9) go to bed at 8PM. There is absolutely no way that our youngest two would have been able to stay awake to watch the fireworks without meltdowns. 𝙀𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙖𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙗𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙖𝙮.

We’ve always had a routine. What really started out as a way to keep our sanity and make sure we slept, has become a comfort for our children. When we include meaningful and important elements into our family life, we’re letting our children know what’s important. Having a routine with our kids is key, so missing things like the fireworks isn’t a big deal.

Daily routines can:
  • Reduce anxiety.
  • Promote self-control.
  • Build confidence.
  • Create a sense of security.
  • Eliminate power struggles.

Study after study shows that children who grow up with daily routines benefit academically, physically, psychologically, socially, and mentally. I mean, just search the benefits of keeping kids on a routine and you can create an endless list.

Different kinds of routines:
  • Getting ready in the morning.
  • Doing chores.
  • Eating meals.
  • Quite time and getting ready for bed.

Schedules and routines are different for everyone. I can’t give you a routine to follow. What works for one family and/or child, will not always work for the other. The style of routine you create will be unique to the lifestyle you live.

Creating A Daily Routine That Works For Your Family

Make a list of everything that must get done everyday in your family. The things on this list should be daily must-do’s. Mentally walk yourself though your family’s week. Try to keep your list around 15, otherwise it’s too much.

Put the items in order as they need to be done each day. Take time to put some thought into this, because this is what routine is all about.

Post your family routine so everyone can see it.

Give yourself grace. Don’t be hard on yourself or your family. Just because you make a routine, doesn’t mean it will happen. Sometimes your family will get off schedule. Life happens. It takes practice.

Consider the following when making a routine:
  • Be patient.
  • Have age-appropriate expectations.
  • Make changes when a routine isn’t working.
  • Be happy with partial solutions.
  • Don’t give up.

Having a structure in place for your family will help you to thrive. When there is chaos in a family, the first place to check is their systems and structures. Routines and schedules are a big part of that system. I guarantee they are worth every minute you devote to creating them, practicing them, and then carrying them out.

Why I’ll Say No To Extravagant Birthday Parties

Over the last decade, and particularly since Pinterest got big, birthday parties have been over the top. Drip cakes, balloon garland, giant inflatable bounce houses, and even petting zoos.

Where did all this come from! When I was a kid I didn’t have any of that, and somehow still had a blast.

Everything now seems like a competition of who can do it best. Who has the best theme? Who has the best decorations? Who has the most guests? Who spent the most money? Who has the best post party social media posts?

I’ve gotten caught up in all of that myself. I remember Paxton’s first birthday. My boyfriend, Kyle, and I wanted to go all out, especially since he’s our first baby together. I found the cutest theme on Pinterest, The Big One. 𝘒𝘺𝘭𝘦’𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨. For months I saved all the best ideas to a Pinterest board. I wanted everything to be perfect.

We did a cake smash photo session a few weeks before his birthday.

I spent 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝘁 of money buying decorations on Etsy for his party that, thankfully, I was able to use for his pictures.

For the party, we rented out a room that could easily fit 40 people. My boyfriend has a pretty big family, and we invited everyone.

And everyone said they’d be there.

The week of the party we made sure everything was ready. I did my last shopping trip to Hobby Lobby. I made some signs for a photo booth. I filled tiny beach buckets with candy and toys for all the kids. I had a bunch of pictures printed for his monthly sign. I bought tons of candy, and food. I made an ocean themed sensory bin full of water beads. We had matching shirts made.

The day of his party was hectic. Trying to time his nap perfectly, so he wouldn’t be a mess during his own party. Getting everyone into their party shirts that they were not to get a mark on. Spending an hour setting all the decorations up.

After trying to make sure everything was perfect, you know how many people actually showed up to the party? Maybe half of the people who said they’d be there.

I was bummed.

I barely remember spending much time with him at his party.

We blew out the candles on the cake.

Everyone clapped.

No one handed me a trophy for all my hard work.

I was thankful when it was over.

As we cleaned up the party and carried everything back to our vehicles I wondered why I had put myself though all that stress. What was it really for? Not Paxton. He couldn’t have cared less! It was just me trying to impress everyone. Show how much I really love Paxton.

Paxton’s second birthday was in the middle of a pandemic. Since we weren’t able to throw an actual party for him, we did a birthday parade.

There weren’t any fancy decorations.

We didn’t spend a ridiculous amount of money.

We had a blast that day! I spent it entirely with him, present and relaxed.

It was pure joy watching him smile as all the cars drove by honking and waving to him.

This is what it’s all about!

The truth is, you’re kids don’t feel more loved if you have a giant inflatable castle at their party. They don’t feel more loved if you rent out the trampoline park. Your kids don’t care about all that extra stuff. As long as there is cake, presents, and you by their side nothing else matters.

Healthy Snacks for Kids

When I first became a mom, 9 years ago, I didn’t always think about the foods I was feeding my daughter. It wasn’t until she was a couple years old and I started to have stomach issues. Then, I didn’t know I had Crohn’s, but I knew food played a big factor in the way I was feeling.

I started to research different things like GMO and additives. This is also around the time when stores started selling more organic and healthier foods. I tried to pay more attention to what I was buying.

As I’ve gotten older, had a couple more babies, and found out my stomach issues were caused from Crohn’s, I’ve made it even more of a priority to eat healthier. Since researchers have found that hereditary, genetic, and environmental factors can contribute to Crohn’s it’s important for me to show my kids how to be healthy.

As a busy mom, I know it’s sometimes easier to have prepackaged snacks. 𝙸’𝚖 𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚐𝚞𝚒𝚕𝚝𝚢 𝚘𝚏 𝚍𝚘𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜. However, a lot of them are extremely unhealthy, full of added sugars and artificial ingredients. Instead of offering your child processed snacks try offering them more whole foods that provide energy and nutrition.

Below is my list of 10 easy healthy snacks for kids.

1. Yogurt

Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and protein. Some yogurts even contain live bacteria, which benefits your digestive system. Most yogurts that are marketed to kids are full of sugars. Instead, try looking for a plain, full-fat yogurt. You can even make a yogurt parfait by layering plain yogurt with berries topped with granola.

2. Celery with Peanut Butter

Celery and peanut butter provide a good source of carbs, protein, and fat. You can also add raisins for a fun way to eat vegetables, sometimes referred to as ‘ants on a log’. Cut a celery stalk into three or four pieces, and spread the inside of the celery with peanut butter, and top with raisins.

3. Hard Boiled Eggs

Eggs provide a high quality of protein and several vitamins and minerals. You can keep hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, for an easy snack.

4. Energy Balls

Energy Balls taste like a granola bar or cookie dough, but are made with healthy ingredients. They are also super easy to make! They only require one bowl, 5 ingredients, and about 10 minutes of your time to prepare.

𝗡𝗼 𝗕𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗘𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆 𝗕𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘀


  • 𝟷 𝚌𝚞𝚙 𝚘𝚏 𝚛𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚊𝚝𝚜
  • 𝟷/𝟺 𝚌𝚞𝚙 𝚘𝚏 𝚞𝚗𝚏𝚒𝚕𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚑𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚢
  • 𝟷/𝟸 𝚌𝚞𝚙 𝚘𝚏 𝚙𝚎𝚊𝚗𝚞𝚝 𝚋𝚞𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛
  • 𝟷/𝟹 𝚌𝚞𝚙 𝚘𝚏 𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚒 𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚌𝚘𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚙𝚜
  • 𝟷 𝚝𝚋𝚜𝚙 𝚘𝚏 𝚏𝚕𝚊𝚡𝚜𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚛 𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚊 𝚜𝚎𝚎𝚍𝚜

𝙼𝚒𝚡 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚍𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝚊 𝚕𝚊𝚛𝚐𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚠𝚕. 𝙿𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚠𝚕 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚘𝚛 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝟷 𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚛. 𝚁𝚎𝚖𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚘𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚛𝚘𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚒𝚡𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚖𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚜. 𝚂𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚘𝚛 𝚘𝚛 𝚏𝚛𝚎𝚎𝚣𝚎𝚛 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊𝚗 𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚢 𝚐𝚘-𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚗𝚊𝚌𝚔.

5. Pistachios

These are high in healthy fat, fiber and antioxidants. If you get the shelled pistachios it takes kids longer to eat, and that itself could be a plus. Just make sure your kids are old enough to eat nuts, as they can be a choking hazard.

6. Apples

Apples are my family’s go-to healthy fruit. Apples are a good source of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. Apples also contain natural sugars, so it’s best to have apples in the morning instead of that late snack.

7. Cheese

I’m not taking about processed cheese, I’m talking about real cheese. Real cheese will not have a long ingredient list. I personally think the best way to buy cheese is in a block. Then you can cut it up in squares or slices. Cheese is mostly made up of protein and fat. It’s also an excellent source of calcium. Protein will help kids feel more full in between meals. Another positive, studies have shown that children who eat cheese are less likely to get cavities.

8. Popcorn

Popcorn isn’t all that bad! We’re all so used to the extra buttery, greasy popcorn we get at the movies. Popcorn is actually a whole grain. Try to avoid buttered or flavored popcorn

9. Pickles

Pickles are cucumbers that have been fermented in salt and water. Some pickles contain probiotics, that are good for your digestive system. Try looking for pickles that don’t contain vinegar, as they don’t have probiotics. Also, avoid sweet pickles since they are high in added sugars.

10. Hummus

I don’t know about you, but my kids love chips and dip. This is a healthy alternative. Hummus is a thick and creamy spread that is made from chickpeas. It contains fiber and antioxidants. You can have hummus with many different foods, but my favorite is with pita chips or kale chips.

𝗞𝗮𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗽𝘀


  • 𝟷 𝚜𝚖𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚞𝚗𝚌𝚑 𝚘𝚏 𝚔𝚊𝚕𝚎
  • 𝟷 𝚝𝚋𝚜𝚙 𝚘𝚏 𝚘𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚘𝚛 𝚊𝚟𝚘𝚌𝚊𝚍𝚘 𝚘𝚒𝚕
  • 𝟷 𝚝𝚜𝚙 𝚘𝚏 𝚐𝚊𝚛𝚕𝚒𝚌 𝚙𝚘𝚠𝚍𝚎𝚛
  • 𝟷/𝟺 𝚝𝚜𝚙 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚊𝚕𝚝

𝚃𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚔𝚊𝚕𝚎 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚙𝚒𝚎𝚌𝚎𝚜, 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚠𝚊𝚜𝚑 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚍𝚛𝚢 𝚒𝚝. 𝚃𝚘𝚜𝚜 𝚒𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚒𝚕 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚜. 𝚂𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚒𝚝 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚗 𝚊 𝚌𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚒𝚎 𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚎𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚒𝚝 𝚊𝚝 𝟹𝟻𝟶°𝙵 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝟷𝟶–𝟷𝟸 𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚞𝚝𝚎𝚜. 𝚆𝚊𝚝𝚌𝚑 𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚏𝚞𝚕𝚕𝚢, 𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚔𝚊𝚕𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚚𝚞𝚒𝚌𝚔𝚕𝚢 𝚋𝚞𝚛𝚗.

Introduction Post

I’m Kristin! 👋🏻 I am 32. I live in the Quad Cities (𝘐’𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵 3 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴) with my boyfriend Kyle, and three kids, Paisley, Paxton and Pierson.

I know all about chaos, messiness, tantrums, loud noises, and stress that go along with raising kids. On this account, I share just that… what it’s like being a mom of 3 while working full time, and overcoming all of life’s struggles.

Some Facts About Me:

👉🏻 I’m very shy and introverted in person, but here to share everything online.

👉🏻 I love talking about all the crazy parenting experience that happen.

👉🏻 I 𝘁𝗿𝘆 to live a crunchy lifestyle, but I’m nowhere near perfect.

👉🏻 I’ve struggled with mental health issues like TTM and CPTSD for years.

👉🏻 Lately, I’ve been obsessed with playing Animal Crossing.

👉🏻 I listen to crime podcasts everyday driving to and from work.

👉🏻 I’m currently watching Cruel Summer on Netflix.

Thank you for being here.

I appreciate you!

👇🏻 Drop some comments or questions below that you’d like to know or learn more from me.

📸: Beautiful Moments by Sarah