I am a stay-at-home mom to my 2 year old daughter and soon to be, newborn son this September. My husband and I met in college and immediately moved to Colorado Springs because of new jobs. We have lived here for 5 years and love the area. It is home. I grew up in Idaho in a small town on a farm, so everything country runs in my veins. I love to read, write, sew, craft, bake, ski, and swim.
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Travel Colorado: Durango

Just before our second anniversary, my husband and I decided to go on a 10-day road trip to New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Our goal was to see as many national parks as...
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Camping Tips for the Wanna-Be Camper

Going camping is something I've done since I was too young to remember. My parents started taking us camping when my siblings and I were still in diapers. Camping in the great outdoors of...
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Don’t Have Time for Pinterest? 5 Ways to Make Birthdays Simple, Yet Special

Oh, Pinterest. I have a love/hate relationship with you. You make me so excited to try the so many recipes, crafts, and party ideas. But at the same time, you remind me that I...

Embracing Slow in a Lost Art: What Hand Embroidery Has Taught Me About Motherhood

I am a TOTAL Jane Austen fan. I have read most of her books and seen all of the movies multiple times and I love British history and literature. Often when I picture the...

Christmas in Crisis: When Mom is Having a Blue Christmas

Let's all admit to one fact right away: The holidays are CRAZY. Moms and kids are completely out of routine amidst all the parties, Christmas parades, school programs, shopping, and cooking. If we don't...

Traveling with Toddlers: For the Love of Routine

"Naptime is sacred." "I can meet before or after this time. It's my kid's naptime." "My daughter didn’t get a nap today, and she is a mess.” “We just got home from visiting grandparents, and we are...

Life as a “Both” Mom: The Joys and Challenges of Raising Both Boys and...

It wasn't until I started having kids that I noticed those t-shirts that say, "Boy Mom" and "Girl Mom." To this day, I think they are super cute. Those moms have embraced the fact...

Top 5 Live Music Venues in Colorado Springs

I had the pleasure of taking my three-year-old daughter to the Ent Center to see "Singing in the Rain, Jr." performed by a local youth theatre group. It was wonderful. The show was fun, the music was great, and the venue is eclectic. The design of the building is fascinating. Everything, including the bathrooms, have a modern vibe. The building contains four separate music venues and a visual arts gallery. There are a couple of small cafes to buy food during the intermission of the programs.

We Filter Our Pictures. Why Not Our Words?

They not only mistakenly thought I was pregnant, but they insulted my body shape right after to try to cover themselves. I ran out of the room in tears, wishing that I was in a different body than my own. I was mortified, embarrassed, and depressed for a few days after that. And I have prayed ever since that I never make someone else feel that way.

Gardening: Therapy for Mamas and Fun for Kids

I have learned to plant things that grow well in our climate. Colorado’s weather is dry and mostly sunny. Plants that need a lot of humidity don’t grow well here. I have found great success with lettuce, zucchini, tomatoes, and green beans. But melons, peppers, and cauliflower have not done well. So I don’t plant them. I grow more of the vegetables that grow well.