• Kid Activities

    Easy Homemade Play Dough and Sensory Invitation

    If there is one thing in our house that is guaranteed to be a fan favorite…it is play-dough. My kids love to squish, cut, sculpt and litter the kitchen floor with various colors of Play Dough. It has been known to provide nearly an hour of uninterrupted playtime for them.  After attending a birthday party recently, where a mom had out her easy homemade play dough, I too, decided to try my hand at some home made dough. In true mom form, I scoured Pinterest for a few recipes and compared recipes and finally decided on the recipe by Living Well Mom.  To start, you will need the following ingredients:…

  • 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…

  • summer toddler activities
    Kid Activities

    Fun and Easy Toddler Activity: Making Orange Juice

    Summer time is the perfect time for cold drinks and fresh fruit! Juice around our house is a treat so when I realized we had some oranges that had seen better days, I decided to throw together a quick activity for the littles.  I cut up the oranges and using our hand held lemon juicer the kids squeezed as hard as their littles arms would let them.  To start, I simply showed them how it all worked and then set back and watched them try it out. They managed it really well and worked through the process, making sure to squeeze the juice into the bigger cup.  It has always…

  • Healthy Living
    Health and Fitness

    Weekend Shenanigans and Getting Back on Track

    Hi friends and happy Monday! Here today I am going to be real and honest with you about my recent ‘bump’ in the road on my journey to better health.  Isn’t it crazy how you can be so motivated, so on course, and something just knocks you right off? For me this last, nearly two weeks, has been one of those times. It seemed like every where I turned something was changing, my to-do’s seemed to be piling and I couldn’t seem to get ahead or do anything right. I found myself tired, eating like garbage, stressed, and snapping at everyone around me. I woke in the morning feeling tired…

  • 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…

  • My first marathon
    Health and Fitness

    Running My First Marathon

    I posted a bit ago about how I trained for my first marathon and I wanted to take some time to finally share the race experience with you.  The Week Before: In the process of looking up and researching tips, tricks, and advice for running your first marathon, I stumbled across a ‘warning’ of sorts. This ‘warning’ mentioned that runners may feel more anxiety and stress the week leading up to the race itself. You may begin to doubt your training and second guess the whole thing. Add that to decrease in training from taper (ie: way more time on my hands than before) and it spelled a recipe for…

  • 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…

  • Intentional goal planning
    Favorites,  Organization

    Intentional Goal Planning

    I have always been a person that thrives with a to-do list but I am also a person who always feels the need to do ALL the things. Because of these quirky character traits of mine, in the past I have struggled with sticking to my goals. I have always been motivated by the momentum goal planning and the new beginning of the new year. I would often come up a million and one things I  was certain to get done in the coming year. I always felt driven and excited and I would carefully write my goals out somewhere…a journal, this blog, etc. And then, like many others, I…

  • Favorite Toys for One Year Olds
    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…