I am mom to two boys, born June 2017 and December 2019. I grew up in the Dayton area before living in Kentucky and recently moved back home. I was in broadcast journalism for a decade before going back to school. I am now a special education teacher. I enjoy reading, running, hiking, camping, and exploring new places with my family.

Celebrating Sweetest Day {The History Behind the Day}

Sweetest Day is always the third Saturday in October. It has a sweet story: a candy maker in Cleveland started the tradition in 1922, taking treats to orphans and others who he felt were...

Buy Nothing {More Than Just Free Stuff}

There are so many groups on Facebook. But there's one that if you haven't joined yet, you're missing out! Have you found your local "Buy Nothing" group yet? A neighbor invited me to join the...

Tired of Cleaning Up Toys? {Try This Trick}

How is it possible to get so many toys? We rarely buy them for our kids, but seem to end up with hundreds. (Slight exaggeration but I know you know what I mean!) If your...

Happy Father’s Day to all the Super Dads

I'm not sure how my husband does it. He works third shift, then he's responsible for our two toddler boys until I get home from school. He can usually squeeze in a couple hours of...

When Letting Go Is Hard to Do

I’m not an overly sentimental person when it comes to things. My husband and I knew from the time I was pregnant with our second child, he would be our last. So as he outgrew...

The Ultimate Birthday Gift: Summer Camp!

Toys are fun for a few days, a week… maybe a month. Then, they’re often forgotten as kids move on to the next thing. But wouldn’t you rather give your child a gift that...

Raising a (Mostly) Screen-Free Toddler

When my husband or I tell other parents we don’t let our 3-year-old watch much TV, we get a lot of weird looks. I don’t blame them. In this world of technology, it’s definitely...

Halloween Parties to Remember {A Neighborhood Tradition}

Growing up in my neighborhood, Halloween was fun. But I have just as many memories of the two hours prior to going door-to-door on Trick-or-Treat. Each year, the neighbor a couple of streets over hosted...

Quarantine: Just Do the Next Right Thing

The country closed. It reopened. Some places are closing again. Schools are re-opening - both in-person and virtually. The governor announces new mandates weekly. On top of everything, moms are still dealing with work,...

Back to School During a Pandemic

So many questions during this back to school time. If you’re sending your child back to school during this pandemic, there’s probably a lot going through your mind. What will school look like? How will...

Quarantine Slowed Down Time

“Time flies. They’re only this young once. Enjoy every moment. Soak it all in.” How many times have you heard these phrases as a mom? Countless, I’m sure. For me, it always seemed like life...