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Emily

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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}

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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}

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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}

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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}

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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

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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

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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

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“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...