How the Year of the Pandemic was my Most Focused Ever

I was headed for some exciting entrepreneurial creativity before Covid hit. In 2019, I volunteered at my church’s harvest party as a face painter. I got a lot of positive feedback and the hours flew by. I had a lot of fun, the kids responded with excitement, and I was pumped. I found my calling….

When Kids make Expensive Mistakes

Parenthood is always an adventure. A toilet stopped working, and we figured a kid flushed something. I inquired if anybody flushed a wet-wipe or anything that wasn’t TP/the usual, but made sure to spin the inquiry “that would help mommy and daddy know what we need to do to fix it. Whatever it is, we…

Don’t Wait for the Perfect Moment

Do you keep waiting for “someday” when you’ll “have more time” to pursue your creative goals or life goals in general? When the kids are more independent, or when you aren’t so busy with work? I used to wonder when that day would come. I realized I was losing my creative spark, drying up inside…

For the Moms facing Invisible but Real Challenges

If you’re a mom with anxiety or depression, have kids with anxiety, SPD, OCD, ASD, ADHD or other “invisible” challenge like that…I get you. I normally write about decluttering, and that’s because I’ve found it to be a chip away at this big huge thing called stress in my life. Minimalism helps a bit…but sometimes,…

Adopting an Adult Dog: Not Easy But Worth It

I grew up in a dog-less home as a freckle-faced, kitty-obsessed kid. I love most furry faces indiscriminately, but as an adult, I married a man that is allergic to cats. When I went to adopt my first dog, I preferred smaller breeds. I had small children and didn’t want the kids’ faces to be…

Shoulder or Back Pain? Consider Minimalizing your Purse!

Minimalizing your purse can provide relief from back and shoulder pain, as well as being unable to find your keys, phone, or a pen lost in the abyss of a big bag! Once the diaper bag was retired, however, I still felt the need to keep everything at the ready. In reality, I couldn’t find…

Boot Upcycle Mother’s Day Gift (to Myself. hah!)

I’ve been doing crafts with things “normal” people would throw away for ever since I can remember. Little coffee straws would become Barbie toilet paper rolls (plus tissue strips), our military family’s moving boxes would become multilevel doll houses, and “Aim” toothpaste tubes would morph into bracelets with my nickname on them. That’s why it’s…

When ASD Kidnaps Family Fun

This isn’t a real chipper post. Skip it if you’re down. But I have a feeling I’m not the only parent feeling this way, so I thought I might as well post and perhaps someone will feel seen and know they’re not alone in surviving the emotional storms that parenting a child on the spectrum…

Managing Stress Well during Covid19 : My 5 Best Tips

I have a confession. I don’t naturally handle stress well. Some people seem to be able to roll with the punches, but as a highly sensitive person, I often sense tension and absorb it like a sponge. (And I can create plenty of tension myself through perfectionist black and white thinking–assuming things are “all bad”…

My First Whole Room Interior Design Challenge

I reused items we already had including a college dorm chair, but made it extra comfy and in style with a DIY midnight blue velvet re-cover job. The nesting shelves were from my son’s old nursery (which had been in a box for 6 years because we kept moving and they were a pain to…