Learning to Love the Current Adventure

There are days I fantasize about putting our house up for sale, packing up our belongings, and moving out of Texas.

I’ve researched cities throughout the US. I can tell you the median home price, the best neighborhoods, the Good Schools ratings, average commute times, and the weather for more than a dozen US cities.  (more…)


Christmas is a Mom’s Showstopper Challenge

IMG_6648Does anyone else feel like Christmas is the Showstopper Challenge for moms?

If you’re not familiar with what the “Showstopper Challenge” is, let me offer some clarification.

The Showstopper Challenge is the third of three weekly challenges on the Great British Baking Show (if you haven’t watched it, it’s on Netflix, stop your life and start watching). This is the challenge where contestants show off their very best baking skills for that week’s category.

This is your best work.  (more…)

Thriving Thirties

a-special-birthday-cakeI have to take a quick minute and admit that I LOVE being in my thirties.

I was a little bit worried as my 30th birthday approached, but now that I’m several years into this, I can whole heartedly admit that I love my thirties.

My twenties were a time of transition.

My twenties were great, my tummy was nice and flat,  my smile lines weren’t permanent, but let’s be honest, there was a lot of figuring life out.

Sure I’m still figuring life out one hour at a time, but I feel more equipped to handle things.  (more…)

Let’s Take a Minute and Be Grateful

_MG_5197Last night I served broccoli with dinner, based on the reactions from my boys you would have thought I served raw sewage… not fresh and nutritious food.

I have to remind myself that they are just little kids and that their lack of gratitude isn’t malicious.

I also have to remind myself that as their mother it is my job to teach them gratitude, and that I need to find small moments to do that. (more…)

Who You Gonna Call?


I listened to a great episode of This American Life today.

Side note: If you don’t already listen to This American Life, start today. 

 And back to reality.

So I listened to an episode of This American Life about the people we call first- the people we call when things are awesome, and the people we call when life sucks (was that rude?).

Do you have those people in your life?

I totally do.

Except I don’t call them, I text them.


…and we’re back!


This is our first week back to school, or as I like to call it- the beginning of reality.

Those last two weeks of summer were rough.

The kids were sick of each other, me, and every activity I had planned. They fought constantly with each other and with their friends.

By the time open house rolled around last week, the boys were beside themselves with excitement. Like to the point that neither of them wanted to leave open house.