Community, Community Building, Community Development

Little Things We Can All Do to Create a Safe World (aka No More School Shootings)

We all saw the news last week of yet another school shooting.  I have to say that I am fed up that so many children and teenagers in the United States could, one day, be faced with a shooter in their own school.  It shouldn’t happen, and yet it does. I remember going through safety… Read More Little Things We Can All Do to Create a Safe World (aka No More School Shootings)

Beauty, Body Image, Family, Pregnancy

Embracing Your ‘Mom Bod’: Guest Post by The Honest Mom

{ This guest post was written by fellow mom and blogger, The Honest Mom } Motherhood is tough, but what happens to a Mother’s body is even tougher. We go through 10 months (they tell you it’s 9, but it’s all lies! 40 weeks=10 months!) of drastic and intense body changes, internally and externally. While… Read More Embracing Your ‘Mom Bod’: Guest Post by The Honest Mom

Community, Community Building, Community Development

Don’t Blame Math; Blame the Mathematician

There is a lot of blame going around nowadays.  I’m not sure if this is something that has always been a part of our collective discourse—have humans always focused so much of their energy on finding someone to blame for anything they weren’t happy with? As someone who is very religious, I have found myself… Read More Don’t Blame Math; Blame the Mathematician

Community Building, Media, Personal Development

Portrait Photography: Stroking The Ego or Immortalising Memories?

At a recent playdate, the conversation turned towards portrait photography.  Many of the babies at the playdate were turning one within the next few months, and their mothers were eager to capture this milestone by booking a family portrait session with their preferred local photographer. Portrait Photography: Immortalising the Evolution of a Family Who doesn’t… Read More Portrait Photography: Stroking The Ego or Immortalising Memories?

Personal Development, Planners and Planning, Tools

New Year’s Resolutions: Printables for Easier and Less Wasteful Planning

Planner systems are meant to change a lot to adapt to your needs, to follow the changes in your style, and to absorb any changes either internal (new phase of your life) or external (new stuff on the market!)  My personal planning system didn’t involve washi tape until only a few years ago, but has… Read More New Year’s Resolutions: Printables for Easier and Less Wasteful Planning

Personal Development, Tools

Five Techniques To Make a Big Change Less Daunting

{ This guest post was written by fellow joy-seeking blogger, Jennifer. } Last month, my sister Meredith and her husband went through a big change: they moved their 6 and 8-year-old sons across the globe to China, where they will live for the next two years. Her husband was offered a great job, and so… Read More Five Techniques To Make a Big Change Less Daunting

Journals and Notebooks, Office Supplies, Product Review, Product Review, Review

Product Review: Slay Your Goals Planner by It’s All You Boo

As discussed previously many times over the course of the last ten years of blogging, planners are a big part of my life.  I have a wonderful personal system that works really well for me, but am always open to tweaking it.  Because I don’t want to waste paper by buying planner after planner in… Read More Product Review: Slay Your Goals Planner by It’s All You Boo

Beauty Products, Brand, Lancôme, Maybelline, Product Review, Review, Revlon, Rimmel

Mascara Round-Up: 12 Months, 4 Mascaras, 1 Mom

Part of my post-partum journey included adapting my beauty routine and developing hacks to balance out the short amount of time I wanted to dedicate to my routine versus wanting to still take care of myself.  As if they heard of my need to find the perfect mascara, the Influenster and ChickAdvisor programmes sent me… Read More Mascara Round-Up: 12 Months, 4 Mascaras, 1 Mom

Faith, Family, Personal Development, Religion, Virtues

The Powerful Experience of Death: Guest Post by Katie Danner

In the last few years, I have experienced four deaths that were very close to me. It has not been easy, but I have learned so much about this very sensitive yet private and delicate topic. I decided I would write out some of my thoughts about death, and maybe it might even help some… Read More The Powerful Experience of Death: Guest Post by Katie Danner

Family, Parenting

Parenting Is Hard, So Why Would You Do It?

A friend of mine recently asked me a great question that stayed with me for a long time afterwards.  She and I were chit-chatting away while watching over my little one.  As all parents know, I had to keep an eye and an ear on her, and our conversation was sprinkled with side-conversations with my… Read More Parenting Is Hard, So Why Would You Do It?