• Reconnect with your kids
    Intentional Living,  Motherhood

    Reconnect With Your Kids: 5 Questions to Ask Each Day

    Not to sound like a complete old fart, but what has happened to face to face conversation? I remember as a kid being chastised for talking on the (landline) phone rather than in person but even the act of actually talking on the phone is a dying form of communication.  In a race for efficiency we’ve lost authenticity. Relationships are only screen deep and feelings of loneliness and depression are on the rise. Desiring connection with other beings is a biological trait of the human race. We are pack animals and we crave the love and affection of those around us and our lack of actual connection is hurting us…

  • Moving out of the baby phase can be a season of motherhood that is full of emotions

    Moving Beyond Babyhood

    This past summer has been a really big summer for our little Ellery, we are, without question, fully into toddler days. It feels like in April or May of this year she was still, what I would consider, a baby or at least had a foot still solidly in babyhood. Sure she was almost two years old, but she was still pretty dependent on me, wanted to be wrapped or held nearly all the time,  was not talking very clearly and had just became confident in her own footing with walking. She still seemed so baby-like, or maybe it was the second child syndrome where they seem younger for longer,…

  • Mom guilt is an enemy to most moms but it doesn't have to ruin your motherhood journey.

    The Curse of Mom Guilt

    Perhaps by now you have heard the phrase “mental load” or “the mental load of motherhood”. The Mental Load is a term that refers to all the ‘stuff’ moms are always carrying around each day: the stuff we are thinking about, planning, handling, and doing to keep our family’s lives going. Over the next few weeks I want to dive deep into the Mental Load of Motherhood. What does it mean? What does it include for me? For you? What does the weight of it do to us as moms? And how can we overcome this load to better serve ourselves and our families?  Moms Tell Me the Biggest Contributor…

  • First Day of Preschool

    My First Baby Is Starting Pre-K

    The time has come. I am officially a mom with a kiddo in ‘school’. It may only be three days a week for less than three hours but he takes a book bag and has teachers, so we’re calling it! This new chapter is a bittersweet reminder that time is a cruel beast and our babies must grow up. In the weeks leading up to his first day I have struggled with an array of emotions. While I have tried working through these feelings of sadness and bittersweet excitement for him, I have spent countless nights reminiscing over the last four years. While looking over old pictures, I have recounted…

  • World Breastfeeding Week

    World Breastfeeding Week: My Story

    It is World Breastfeeding Week and I thought it would be fun to share a bit of my experience and my bumpy journey of breastfeeding. For me once I was pregnant I knew I wanted to breastfeed but the journey to actually breastfeed was not as easy as the decision to do so. After a long labor with Asher, breastfeeding didn’t come as easily for me as I had hoped.   I delivered Asher after 50 hours of hard, exhausting labor. I hadn’t eaten in two days and had slept only 2 hours, BUT after he was here all that was a mere memory and he and I dove into our…

  • Motherhood

    Alternative Kindergarten Options?

    Summer is sadly, starting to wind down. Stores have already started clearance-ing their summer stock and begun hauling out all the school supplies and soon kiddos will be heading back to school.  For our family, this will be the first year we have a child in school. Asher will be attending a pre-K program at our church for 2 1/2 hours, three days per week. A few weeks ago we received his supply list and the date for “Meet The Teacher” night.   To fuel his excitement, we made it an event of going to let him pick out his book bag (Paw Patrol of course) and having him help…

  • Motherhood

    Hello Friends!

    Over the last few weeks I have been pouring into this blog again in hopes of making it a place I can connect with other moms and women. I am so excited to build this blog into a space for sharing with others, the wonderful journey of motherhood and the silly, amazing, stressful, craziness of it all. In light of my new followers (yay! and welcome!) I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself.  My name is Justina and I am a mom of two super rambunctious little ones and wife to a pretty stellar guy. Our littles are Asher, 4 and Ellery, 2 and they are master mess…

  • Favorite toys for a one year
    Favorite Toys Guides,  Favorites,  Kid Activities,  Motherhood

    Favorite Toys for One Year Olds

    A friend of mine recently asked me for advice on what to get for a baby’s first birthday. This sweet friend just recently married and doesn’t yet have kids but she loves on many kids in her life around her and she will be attending a close friend’s baby girl’s first birthday soon. So in honor of her request I decided to come up with a list of my favorite toys for both of my littles at or around one year old. You can find all sorts of recommendations for this age online but here is a list of our favorites. Personally, as a parent, I prefer open-ended toys, toys…

  • Lonely motherhood
    Motherhood,  Simplicity

    How I Turned My Lonely Day Around

    A few weekends ago the hubs went out of town from early Saturday morning until late Sunday night. With him leaving so early Saturday the kids and I saw him last at bedtime Friday night. I have never been a person who is able to sit still and with the hubs out of town I felt the need to do something with friends or family. Something that would provide fun for my kiddos and a little adult conversation for me. So, I reached out to a few girlfriends and even my mom but everyone was busy and so it was just me and the littles for the weekend. Now for…

  • 10 tips to ease csection recovery
    Birth Stories,  Motherhood

    10 Tips to Ease C-Section Recovery

    April is C-Section Awareness month and if you read about the birth of our little miracle Ellery, you know her birth ended up being a c-section. In honor of the procedure that saved my baby’s life, I wanted to share my 10 tips for easing c-section recovery. A c-section was not in my plans or even on my radar as far as birth goes, so I was in no way prepared for the recovery and after-math of such a big procedure. Here I am going to share my brutally honest experience, tips and advice for post c-section recovery. Now to give a bit of background, my son was a vaginal…