A Letter to the Single Mom at Christmas

You’re a single mom because you’re divorced; because you’re widowed; because you got pregnant at a young age and never had support; because your children’s father is serving our country and has been deployed more days than he’s been home; because your niece and nephew were in an unfortunate situation and you stepped up by adopting them. You’re a single mom because life isn’t perfect. Being a single mom is basically hard every day of the year, but it tends to have a little extra sting during the holidays. And I’ll admit this; I would’ve been completely oblivious to the struggles if I wasn’t experiencing it too. So: Here’s to you, Single Mom, for busting your ass all year long, working 2+ jobs

White Chocolate Oreo Bark {Recipe Post}

If you need an easy recipe for a sweet holiday treat, this is the one to go to! I made it for my work party and it turned out great. Here's all you need: 1 package of Oreo (I bought the red and green icing/filling just for color) Pretzel Sticks M&M's 2 packages of Baker's White Chocolate Bark Sprinkles if you'd like Cover a baking sheet in parchment paper. Cut each Oreo into 4 pieces and spread out over the parchment paper. Then break your pretzels in half and evenly sprinkle over Oreos. Sprinkle a few M&M's over that. Melt white chocolate according to directions. Pour over cookie/pretzel/candy mixture. Top with remaining M&M's and fancy sprinkles if you'd like. Let cool for at leas

Believing in YOU. and Merry Christmas.

Mommy chat rooms, mommy blogs, mommy websites, they’re all the rage. Right? We’re looking to other moms we’ve never met for advice, we’re reading blogs written by folks we aren’t even 100% sure exists in real life, and we’re looking to companies to give us the best reviews on products that our children’s lives rely on, and yet, it’s still not good enough to make us believe we’re good enough. I’d say a few years ago when social media, blogs, and Pinterest were brand spankin’ new and shiny, there was so much pressure on parenting perfectly. There were chat rooms specifically for moms who only cloth diapered. There were blogs about organic and clean eating for your child, there were gobs and

The Time We Went to Meet Santa and I Ended Up In My Bra

I won't lie here, I had a hidden agenda. I had just had 2 "poor me" days and I didn't feel like sitting at home. I was getting more depressed by the minute. I even had tears most of the day. I decided it was time to amp up the holiday spirit and get Kaleb excited about Santa. I got my ass off the couch, dressed Kaleb is his Sunday best (of course) and I threw on some jeans and a hoodie. I didn't need to look cute because well, I'm too old to take a picture with Santa. (Ahhhh the beauty of having kids, you make them look like models but no one cares what you're wearing. It's a glorious time.) It was going to be a magical night, really. One of those nights you cherish forever because you get

4 Things You Should Never Say to a Mom With a Sick Kid

1. “It seems like your kid is always sick.” Never, ever say this. Regardless if this is true or not, never say this to a mom. If it is true, chances are, we already know they’re always sick and the last thing we need is for you to remind us of that. We’re hurting each and every time our babies are ill. Please don’t make it worse. 2. “Well, I’m glad I stay home with my babies and they aren’t always sick from being at daycare.” Good for you. I’m glad you can stay home, but that isn’t an option for us. While daycare often times is the cause for sick kiddos, it’s not always the cause. If I could keep my child in a sanitized bubble at all times to keep him healthy, I probably wou

Tuesday 10

1. I have a secret. I'm popcorn obsessed. OBSESSED. There's a gourmet popcorn place near my work and I go there too many times. They have all the flavors and then some. Over the Turkey Holiday, I ran out of popcorn and had a minor panic attack. That's when I knew I had an issue. 2. Kaleb thinks in order to have an appropriate winter, it must snow. Thank you Frozen for giving my child false hope about snow in the winter time. 3. Speaking of winter and Christmas, I decided to skip Elf on the Shelf this year. Thanks to Kaleb's MiMi, we already have the elf, waiting for us but I think waiting 1 more year might be worth it. 4. By now you all know about the giveaway, I'm sure. I want

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