Say Yes Parenting

As a stay at home mom of three, I have learned a lot of ways to say No.

Not now.

In a minute.

Let me just do this one thing first.

Maybe later.

Maybe after dinner.

Give me a few minutes.

We’ll see.


We can’t right now.

Sorry, we don’t have time.

Ehh… maybe in a bit.

I wish we could, but we need to leave right now.

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Do You Know Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?

Today I wanted to share a cute little story-time play date idea of reading an adorable book and having a tasty book-themed snack!  The adorable book I’m referring to today is Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont.

The first time we read this book, we borrowed it from the library on a whim.  We liked it so much that we decided to buy a copy for ourselves.  This book is great for beginning readers as well as younger kids.  It has a lot of repetition in rhyme, so when we read it, it comes out sounding like a little song.  Basically, the kangaroo is making cookies, but she realizes her cookie dough is missing.  She asks another animal if he knows who ate all the cookie dough.  That animal directs her to another animal who promptly directs her to another animal.  We find out who eats all the cookie dough at the end under a lift-and-see flap.  Really a cute story! Continue reading “Do You Know Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?”

Menu Mondays are Back!

With all the craziness that came with the month of May, I dropped the ball big time on menu planning!  I tried but failed miserably.  YIKES, I know!  Back at it again this month! Continue reading “Menu Mondays are Back!”


I just finished rocking my two-year-old before putting her down for her afternoon nap.  While rocking her, that sweet little face looked up into mine.  She had a binkie in her mouth, but you could see the joy in her eyes and the crinkle in her nose.  She is my baby, and she knows it.  I love her (and all my girls) more than I could ever say.  Rocking my darling baby girl gives me a happiness and a peace that I cannot describe.

I’d do anything for those little ladies.  But sometimes I get so caught up with doing other things that I forget my reason for doing the other things to begin with.  I lose sight of what I’m working towards, forgetting the end goal.

One of my main streams of happiness is enjoying my children while they are young and relatively untouched by the negatives of the world.  Staying at home with them in order to tap into that happiness is a priority I set for myself years ago.

But instead of happily snuggling them all day, reading books, looking into their loving eyes, and giggling over silly nothings, I often busy myself during the day with many other things that aren’t as high on my priority list.  Today’s moment of rocking my daughter gave me a sense of clarity of what is really important in my life.  It reminded me what makes me happy and what I need more of in my life.

For the blog and for my own personal development goals, I’m focusing on finances this month.  Gushing on about my love for my children and what makes me happy may not seem to be in line with that topic.  However, there is a connection between the two.  It’s about knowing what’s important to us and using these priorities to guide our behavior. Continue reading “Priorities”

I Get So Emotional, Baby…

Emotions.  Everyone deals with them differently.  I can assure you that handling my emotions is not my strong point.  Growing up, I wore my heart on my sleeve, as they say.  I cried whenever someone hurt my feelings.  Wherever I was, whatever I was doing.  It didn’t matter.  If someone said something that upset me, I would cry.  I remember my dad telling me multiple times that he didn’t know how I would survive the real world if everything upset me so much.

He was right in that it was hard.  I remember my first job, waitressing.  One night, another waiter made a comment that really struck me.  I remember crying nonstop while cleaning up that night.  I was completely unable to control my emotions.

It wasn’t just sadness that sent me over the edge.  It was anger too.  I vividly remember putting my hands around another little girl’s neck in anger when I was 6.  I remember the look in her eyes, and I let go, scared of myself.  That incident has stayed with me throughout my life, and I can’t type it without feeling intense shame.  How easy it is to be an animal rather than a caring human being. Continue reading “I Get So Emotional, Baby…”

Valentine’s Day

Valentine candy heartsI remember fondly the days of deciding which Valentine to give to which classmate in grade school.  I vividly remember wanting to give Kevin a store-bought Valentine that explained my secret love for him.  It was a very trying process.  I couldn’t go too casual, and I couldn’t be too forward.  The fine line we toe in life between sharing our true feelings and fearing rejection starts early.

Two of my little girls are giving out cards to their classmates this year.  My middle child is just four. I don’t think she has any inkling of concern as to whether the message on the card is perfect for the intended recipient.  However, I wonder if my first grader will ponder over each message to find the perfect one for her little crush.

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10 Year Anniversary Plans

Just a few years ago, I thought to myself, “Oh, I have a great idea!  My husband and I will go on a fancy vacation for our 10 year anniversary!!!  We’ll leave the children with grandparents for a few days.  It will be like a second honeymoon.  We’ll sleep and eat and do whatever WE want to do on some luxurious island beach. It will be glorious.”

Well, this is the year, folks!  This year marks 10 years of marriage and 15 years of being a couple!  And we booked a trip to occur right smack on our dating anniversary.

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Meal Plan Monday & My Protein Powder

Goooood morning!  Happy Monday!

What a game last night, right?! What did everyone think of Lady Gaga at halftime last night? I loved her!  And the commercials?  My 4 year old was awake for the first few minutes of the game.  She almost never watches regular television with commercials, so she cracked up at all the silly commercials.  Hearing her laugh at everything made my night.  My 6 year old complained about my 2 year old doing something, and the sweet 4 year old immediately chimed in with an “Oh my” like the George Takei commercial.  Hilariously perfect timing.  She is most definitely a middle child.  A funny little goose.

Okay, on to my meal plan for the week and then I’ll share about my favorite protein powder!


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It’s been a month already?!?

First, I want to start off with a huge THANK YOU!!

It’s been just over ONE full month since I started blogging.  THANK YOU for any way you’ve supported me in this blog:

  • Reading my posts
  • Commenting on the blog
  • Following me on social media (Follow me!  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest)
  • Giving me feedback, both face-to-face and through emails

I’ve loved writing to you more than I can express.  It’s been a great outlet for me to do something other than childrearing.  I hope my words are uplifting and positive, especially considering how much negativity the world bombards at us daily.

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