The Witching Hour: Evening Routine with Kids

The Witching Hour is better known to those without children as early evening. To us parents it is the chaos leading up till bedtime. It can ruin an otherwise lovely day and strikes fear into those who have toddlers.

After ten years and three children I have come up with some ways to fight back. I have the unique challenge of large age gaps so getting through the Witching Hour has become harder over the years but I refuse to let it get me down! I have also included a sample evening routine at the end of the post.… Read More The Witching Hour: Evening Routine with Kids

Book Club with Avalon: George by Alex Gino

“Be who you are.
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.
George thinks she’ll have to keep this secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she is a boy. With the help of her best friend Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can play Charlotte but so everyone can know who she is once and for all!” … Read More Book Club with Avalon: George by Alex Gino

Surviving Sleep Deprivation with a Newborn

Sleep is hard to come by when you bring home a new baby. Even if you are bottle feeding your baby will be awake every few hours for 6-8 weeks. There is no way around this, in fact if your baby is not waking to eat you will want to set an alarm until they have beefed up a little bit (consult your doctor of course).

Sleep is essential to life and without it you are literally impaired. Before I get into my personal top tips I will share what everyone shares: sleep when the baby sleeps. I hate that advice even though it is 100% accurate because I always feel like I have too much to do. It is a cliché for a reason though. … Read More Surviving Sleep Deprivation with a Newborn

Easter Basket Ideas for a Tween Girl.

If you have a tween you will know they are stuck in that space between being a little girl and becoming a woman. This can make gift giving very hard! I want my tween to be a little girl for as long as she needs to but I also want to help her gently move into her teens years.

Celebrations like Easter bring out the kid in all of us but I can’t very well give the same shark sun hat or Peppa Pig toys I got for my little ones to my tween. I have done a lot of research and came up with an Easter basket to keep the kid in her but also respect that she is growing up.… Read More Easter Basket Ideas for a Tween Girl.

Four baby items I love for the first four weeks.

After three kids our wants and needs have changed dramatically. In round one with our first daughter we wanted everything (and new of course– no hand me downs) but it wasn’t until the second daughter that we realized our needs. Even then we had too much and didn’t use what we had effectively.

Babies don’t really require as much as you think, especially in the first few weeks. A safe place to sleep and a food source is all you really need but all the extras sure are nice! This is a list of four things that I could probably live without but don’t want to.… Read More Four baby items I love for the first four weeks.

Book club with Avalon: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

My 10 year old daughter Avalon is an avid reader. She stays on top of current trends and manages to find the latest and greatest books. What is really amazing to watch is how she can disappear into another world and consume a book in one afternoon.

I did the same when I was young so I step lightly around her. Offer her snacks and water regularly. Wait patiently for her to emerge from whatever adventure she has been on. It is an incredible thing to love a story so much it feels real.… Read More Book club with Avalon: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli