• Tips For Toy Storage and Independent Play Time

    Plus, how toy rotation can benefit your home, too! Does your child get easily overwhelmed in their toy space? Is tidying up after playtime always like pulling teeth? Do you walk into their toy storage and feel overwhelmed as the caretaker? Then your home could benefit from some toy storage and rotation! Simplifying toys will get you far when it comes to organizing your home. But even after decreasing the quantity of toys, organizing and displaying them in an inviting way will set your child up for success and encourage independent play! Tips For Toy Storage + Improved Independent Play Time Today I’m going to walk you through a quick…

  • Simplify the joys of motherhood: Ditch the guilt with One Good Mom Thing

    In early motherhood I was so stumped how other mom’s were doing it. How they were happy and thriving. I often felt so lost in how to actually connect with them, without feeling like a failure. I didn’t connect with my kids on anything because I was so overwhelmed with the thought of doing everything. As they got older I grew more comfortable in my mom shoes (figuratively, and literally, I’m lookin at you, sensible loafers with arch support ;-) ). Because I felt the need to love ALL of motherhood, I was missing out on finding joy in the parts I actually did like! It is okay to not…

  • How to Handle Hand Me Down’s and Gifts with Care

    Isn’t it funny how someone’s generosity can leave us feeling overwhelmed? On our path toward Going Simple, one of the hardest hurdles to jump can be handling new things as they enter our home. Some of the links in the post are a part of the Amazon and Target Affiliates Program. This means I get a small percentage back from from any potential purchase. Thank you for your support, and for reading my blog! For more info, please visit my disclosure policies here.  When we are trying to cut out excess, its easy to become reactive toward anyone trying to continue to add more in to our lives and homes. I…

  • Ten Completely Free and Simple Ways to Self Care

    Self care is all the rage for today’s mama. And I get it. Less martyr. More intention. Being a good mom doesn’t mean you sacrifice every moment of every day. But now we’ve created a cross culture, where if you aren’t getting these luxurious self care moments, you aren’t momming right either. And this can leave us feeling even more depleted. A few years in to parenting I felt so frustrated. We are told because we are moms, we deserve all this luxurious me time. Elaborate (and expensive) pampering sessions, endless beauty products, time away from my kids. So why wasn’t it happening? And when I did take that time,…

  • Screen Time Resources

    Upon much request, here are some resources, articles and research you can share with friends and family in terms of the effects of screen time on our youth! Current Screen Time Recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics: For children under 18 months old, no screen time. For children 18 to 24 months old, parents should choose only high-quality media and watch it with their child. For children 2 to 5 years old, less than one hour per day of high-quality programming is recommended, with parents watching along. Articles, Research & Resources Screen Time and the Brain – Harvard Medical School Children and Media Tips – American Academy of Pediatrics Media…

  • The Smallest Gift Guide of 2019

    Here’s the deal friends. I could list off like 50 things that you should buy this holiday season. But I most certainly DO NOT want to contribute to unnecessary spending or clutter in your home! So here are the top FEW items we L-O-V-E and use every. single. day. We own every item on this list, in our home. We have chosen to slowly invest in these larger, quality purchases because of how they contribute positively to our family. These products have helped simplify our home, lessen our workload, embrace slower living, and become a healthier, more unified family. Above and beyond these items, I cannot express how greatly we…

  • PARENTING :: Find Your One Good Mom Thing

    In early motherhood I was so stumped how other mom’s were doing it. How they were happy and thriving. I looked at my children and was lost on how to actually spend time with them. I didn’t connect with my kids on anything because I was so overwhelmed with the thought of doing everything. As they got older, and I grew more comfortable as mom, I realized I was failing them because I was trying to do it all. And I was trying to do it all well. Realistically in life, we aren’t good at everything, right? So why would we think in motherhood that our skill set should be…

  • PARENTING :: Realistic Parenting Tips

    It’s no joke that parenting today needs to come with a whole new handbook of rules, tips and tricks. Momming today is hard, with all the new gadgets, social dimensions and pressure to be the self sufficient, multi faceted, do it all mom. I’m five years in with three kids (plus one in the oven). And I’ve learned some sh*t. I’ve learned enough to know that I don’t know anything. So I did decide to scrounge up the few truths I have acquired to pass along to any other mom about to embark on this so called “journey toward motherhood.” Some of the links in the post are a part…

  • PARENTING :: Independent Play

    If you’re beginning your journey into less is more with the screen time, you may be left wondering, “okay, but now what?” For a while I followed resources like popular toddler activity Instagram and Pinterest accounts. All of which is great. But all that prep and planning lead me to mass burnout in about 3 days. This mama isn’t meant for organized childhood. Not my vibe. Realizing there’s nothing wrong with (and, actually, a lot of developmental positives for) a lazier style of parenting was like finally receiving a permission slip to be the mom I knew how to be. And it was SO freeing! But that phrase “independent play”…

  • My Newfound Mom Skills

    Four years in to motherhood, and I now realize I’ve learned a thing or two. Besides the fact that I should never say never (I was taught that lesson real quick!), there are a few other unexpected mom skills I’ve picked up along the way. How many can you relate to? Fancy Footwork – I can now kick a toy down the hallway and make it into the appropriate door. On the first try. Every time. Herding – I’m a professional child herder. Whether it’s clicks with my tongue or joyous sing song phrases, I can herd and corral children like the best of the Wild West. Said skills may have…