Family, Making Memories, Parenting Tips

Minimalist Travel

Minimalist travel: surviving a road trip in a Mini Cooper.

minimalist travel

In February of 2016, our family hit a fun milestone. Our first family vacation! We spent a week and half in sunny Florida with my parents. We visited Daytona Beach and ended the week in Orlando visiting Disney World! It was an amazing time, but it wasn’t without its challenges. You see, we don’t own a van or an SUV. We went to Florida and back in a Mini Cooper. You read that right. A Mini Cooper with 5.7 cubic feet of cargo space plus 2 adults, 2 kids, and 2 booster seats. So as you can imagine, I know a little bit about minimalistic travel 😉 read more

Family, Parenting Tips

5 Positive Parenting Books That Will Change Your Life

No one told you there would be homework when it came to parenting, but with these five positive parenting books, you will feel like an expert in no time!

Positive Parenting Books

They say kids don’t come with instruction manuals, but they kind of do. A simple Amazon search of “parenting books” yields 228,572 results. My local library: 1681 results! The resources for parents are out there. It’s the sorting through them that is daunting and, at times, discouraging. Today I am sharing 5 parenting books I absolutely love and highly recommend. read more

Family, Parenting Tips

6 Word Parenting Hack

Six word parenting hack to help you learn how to stop yelling at your kids!

How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids

I love a good life hack. Whether it’s a million and one uses for binder clips or the markdown schedule at Target, I adore anything that makes my life easier. Parenting is no exception, and there are certain “hacks” I have learned to make our lives as Mom and Dad infinitely easier.

Jo Frost or “Supernanny” helped us emensily with this when our kids were younger. Teaching our kids to freeze the second we yelled STOP was a game changer. It allowed them freedom while we were out and about but we were still able to keep them safe. read more

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10 Christmas Gift Giving Traditions

10 Christmas gift giving ideas that can become yearly traditions.

Christmas shopping for kids is made so much easier by having Christmas gift traditions in place. Click here for 10 Christmas gift giving ideas!

I have a feeling Charlie Brown might be my spirit animal. Sarcastic with a touch of humor and insight. For example: “Don’t you know sarcasm when you hear it?”
“I’ve killed it. Oh! Everything I touch gets ruined.”
“I almost wish there weren’t a holiday season. I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday season to emphasize it?”
But my favorite is probably “It’s not what’s under the tree that matters, it’s who’s around it.” All the presents in the world underneath the tree don’t mean anything if you don’t have people to share the holidays with, which is why it is important to make the gifts you do give count. read more

Family, Parenting Tips

10 Ways for Kids to Help with the Baby

Don’t get overwhelmed with a newborn in the house. Here are 10 ways kids can help with the new baby!

Kids can help with the new baby

This mama is done having babies, but I am proud aunt to twin boys. I had the honor and pleasure of babysitting them for about a month when they were less than 6 months old.

Watching the twins, plus trying to keep my two girls occupied was a challenge. However, my kids love their cousins so much and were eager to help out while I was babysitting. But how do you have older kids help with the baby? read more