• Tips for living more in the moment
    Intentional Living,  Motherhood

    10 Ways to Be an In-The-Moment Mom

    Time is fleeting. We hear that everywhere. Poems, cute memes, videos. The message is everywhere…time is flying by and the children won’t stay cute and snuggly forever.  Leaving The Dust Bunnies Isn’t Always Possible.  If you’re a mom you’ve read the poem:  Oh, cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,But children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust, go to sleep.I’m rocking my baby. Babies don’t keep. If you’re like me, you read this poem, cried, and then felt guilty for all the times you cleaned, folded laundry, or did any other chore that gives your children a clean and healthy lifestyle.  Poems like this…

  • Simple and easy Halloween fun
    Holidays,  Motherhood

    Our Festive Halloween Weekend

    With Halloween being on a week day, this weekend just before was sure to be packed with fun! Our fun started on Friday with Pumpkin Patch day at Asher’s school. I was able to volunteer with the pumpkin guts station. Surprisingly kids were not all that interested in playing in the insides of a pumpkin. Asher was able to visit the “patch” and pick his own pumpkin.  Friday night we finally carved our pumpkins! This might be the latest we’ve waited to carve before so there might be jack-o-lanterns on our porch until Thanksgiving! Asher thought eating the slimy goo was hilarious. Ellery…not so much! Saturday we ventured to our…

  • Stress Free Thanksgiving Planning
    Holidays,  Intentional Living,  Organization

    4 Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

    The holidays are upon us! Believe it or not Halloween is next week?! Though it feels like everyone is jumping straight from Halloween to Christmas, there is another scrumptious holiday in there we can’t forget about.  Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a time to gather with our people over a delicious meal. A time to reflect on the last year and soak up our many blessings. It is meant to be a time of relaxation, fellowship and re-connection with those we hold most dear.  Maybe you play host or maybe you travel with your contributions tucked neatly in Tupperware. Perhaps your family enjoys some after-meal football watching or maybe an all-night/early morning…

  • Easily 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…

  • Transitioning from the baby phase to the toddler phase

    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,…

  • Don't let mom guilt ruin your motherhood journey. Learn how to re frame those thoughts and move forward

    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…

  • When your first born goes to pre-k

    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…