First grade, first problems

7 Sep

This year has not been the best for Emma and it has only been the first few weeks. I’ve been hearing a lot of different things and been taking a lot of time trying to find the right stepping stones for her.


One of the things I’ve been hearing is that the jump from Kindergarten to First grade is a huge jump. For example, Kindergarten is focused on more social education and learning the daily routine of school in general. There’s definitely learning in the focus of reading and writing but the kids view it as fun and playing.

What I’ve heard is that First Grade is a major shift. Social is put to the side and doing work is the new number one. Emma constantly comes home complaining that they never get to play and there’s so much work and she is constantly getting in trouble.

I’m not saying that her complaining is 100% correct but I do worry that schools are not finding a happy balance of work and play.

We are constantly hearing in the news that we need to find a happy balance in our lives, that over working can cause a lot of mental and physical problems. That we need to shift our focus from being successful to living our lives and being content with what we have. 

We came out of school knowing how to pass a test, work hard, and follow instructions. What happened to just life in general skills?

If we as adults are noticing that we are being burnt out, over worked, and stressed – why are we starting our children out on the same bad foot? 

Can we find a happy balance for our children in the school system? 

I want to know what you think about it! Leave a comment below. 

Getting A New Look!

2 Sep

I’m in the process of giving my shop pictures a new look!


I’ve been reading up on a lot of photography tips and ideas for etsy sellers and finally decided it was time I put it all together and did some styling of my own.

My goal was to not spend a dime and although I failed – I only spent $1.00. That’s right, one dollar on that lovely wrapping paper at the dollar store as the background.


I did it all with iphone too! I downloaded adobe’s photo app and plugged in my account with them and boom, perfect editing tools.

I grabbed things around the house that I thought would make the pictures more interesting and just did a trial and error feel.


I think I can comfortably say that I have found my “look”! Next step will be revamping all of my previous listings and getting these new ones up and going!

It’s time for fall – time to get my shop in shape!

Make Your Needs Into Wants

16 Aug

It’s amazing what the simplest thing a child can say to change your perspective.

I’ve always been a dreamer. Someone who is looking ahead at her future trying to grasp what other’s deem impossible. Most often than not, those dreams consist of a stress free lifestyle centered around my family. More often than not, the reality is that I am working so hard I have to balance work, life, and family. I feel like this is something that most suffer from.

Make your needs into wants

Emma said to me the other day “You never want to play with me.”

That hit me hard. It’s not that I don’t want to play with her at all but in her mind that’s what she sees. It’s been a great summer but it’s also been the first summer she’s ever had following her first year of school. We spent a majority of the summer entertained by activities and vacation and most of that came to a halt this past month due to preparation for school! This was also the first summer she had to share me with Payton.

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My initial response was, “I want to play with you, but I have to get some work done hun.”

It wasn’t later that I realized to her there aren’t have to’s. If you aren’t playing with me and you are doing something else you are doing it because you want to do that more. It’s clear as day to them in their mind.

If you want to know what we did, you can read my last post:

Putting It Down

I’m not saying everyone can do what we did and just put technology down for a few days. I’m not suggesting that we give everything up for our kids. I do suggest we start doing what we want to do more often that what we feel like we have to do.


It’s amazing how much your perspective can change when you change one simple word. I challenge you all to change all of your “have to’s” to “want to’s” for one day and see how it effects your mood and your decisions.

How many things do you do on a daily basis that you say you have to do that really you just want to do. Do you feel less stressed and overwhelmed when you say want to instead of have to?

Or maybe you really feel like you have to do them but when you change it to want to – you realize that it’s not that important to you after all. Is there a way you can take those have to’s out of your life? Why can’t we all strive to do what we want to do and have success doing it?

Just a random thought for you today. I hope you enjoyed it! If so, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear if anyone successfully implements this in their daily routine.

Putting it down!

14 Aug

This weekend I will be putting it down. The phone, the computer, the iPad, turning off the TV. 

I will be putting it all down for her. She desperately needs more of Brian and I. We are changing our normal routine because she deserves our attention. 

We want to be present in their lives so they know we are here when they need us, they are important, and that we love them.

With all the technology in this world, we have taught ourselves how to not be present. Our children more than ever need us to be present. So this weekend we are putting it down and it won’t be the last time I’m sure.


It’s Time to Change Your Life

11 Aug

If you resonated with the title of this blog post you’ve probably been struggling with who you are. You’ve been fighting with yourself and maybe others to find that balance with who they want you to be and who you want to be. This is something that weighs on my heart specifically because I go through this all the time!

Make The Change

It’s time to make a change, and trust me, it is well worth your TIME investing in this because it’s most likely way overdue. Living your life for what other people, or in this case we’ll say the world, wants you to be can kill you. You might not literally die but everything inside of you will. Each of us has something unique, something amazing, something that is only us inside and each time we do something just to please the world we take that piece of us and step on it like it’s a bug not worth being alive.


You might not realize you are killing your soul, but I bet you can feel that weight that it puts on your heart and your shoulders. It’s that feeling of doubt when you do what you love, that it won’t be good enough, or that it’s not the “right” thing to do. It’s that feeling of emptiness when you can’t seem to find the joy you once had.

It’s time to make a change. This isn’t going to be easy. This isn’t going to be fun. The outcome will be worth more than all the struggle it takes to get there and once you do get there, getting back there is much easier.


Here are a few steps I suggest you take in changing your life. There are only four to get you started but they are enough to make an impact:

Stop comparing yourself to others.

The absolute worst thing we can do is listen to our inner self that’s saying we aren’t good enough or there’s someone who is better at this than I am. Chances are you are right, If you are just now doing what you love – you have not mastered it! It is going to take time, dedication, hard work, and a little elbow grease to become what your inner self deems good enough. So stop looking outward for success, look inward.

Start paying attention to what you do on a daily basis.

What is it that you are doing every day that is crushing your soul? What is it that you do every day that shows signs of bringing you joy? Why aren’t you doing that more? What’s stopping you from doing joyful things? How can you create a positive space for this joy to grow? Ask questions, dig deep, and really think about what brings you joy. Do you need to know the answers to these questions right away? No. But it’s time to start asking them. Get your brain wired to think about your actions before you do them!

Find positive motivators and inspirations in your life.

If you aren’t motivated to change it’s not going to happen. Even though you are miserable there is a comfort in knowing the outcome of your task even if it’s a failure. Find things that create a spark in you to change that comfort into drive for something new. Listen to that podcast that tells you it’s okay to fail – get back up and try again! Look at those pinterest boards full of positive motivational quotes, or turn on some happy music. It’s time to think positive.


Work on what you love.

Work on you. Don’t give up on this process. Don’t give into those negative comments that are happening in your head. There is so much to look forward to in this life and there isn’t enough time to let it waste. Change your life now. Reign that positive energy and motivation into what brings you joy. Spending time focusing on your craft that brings you joy, will change your life in a larger way than you could ever imagine.


There is so much more to changing your life but I hope this little glimpse of how it can be done inspires you to move forward and change your outcome because I don’t wish those guilty, heavy, and painful feelings on even my worst of enemies. Who’s with me on making a change? Let’s all be better versions of ourselves.

Thank you google images for the wonderful pictures above.

Payton Update

6 Jul

This little one is 11 months!!! I can’t believe it. She quickly grasped crawling, cut her first tooth, and decided she doesn’t hate sand but she doesn’t love it yet either!!

She’s still napping like a pro and has a special place in her heart for Emma.

She is babbling things that sound like words!! Like Mama, yes, no, and hi! 

She also loves to shake her head no and clap her hands!  

She is still the happiest baby in the world and we feel so lucky to have her!


Emma timeĀ 

5 Jul

This vacation is giving me so much time to chat with Emma. It’s fun to watch her figure out the world.

There are some days I wonder how you can physically ask that many questions!

Other days I try to put myself in her shoes. There’s so much to learn and so little time!!! 


Crafts and Sand!

4 Jul

While we are enjoying our stay at the beach, I hadn’t on being crafty..

Then we found out this store is within walking distance to our house. Actually it’s right next door lol!  

You can’t be next to a yarn store and not buy anything!!!
  So I came home with these goodies for me and two craft kits for Emma which I’m sure will come with pictures later ;) 

Beach Bums!

3 Jul

This week we are being spoiled by my in-laws who let us tag along to the beach with them! 

We are soaking up every minute of it and excited to announce we haven’t seen or been bitten by any sharks ;) 

We’ve also been plotting how we could all move here!! 

After all, life is better at the beach ;) 

What we’ve been up to!

22 Feb

What’s happening at our house?


Lots of family snuggles to keep warm while we are in almost a foot of snow and ice.


Some play doh playing! Check out that pumpkin! (One proud momma here)


Some cleaning and reorganizing!


Some sisterly bonding time.


Some lovely painting!


And some prepping for a DIY event!


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