Creativity at Home · Self Care · Simplified Living

Mama’s Creative Outlet: Photography

When I’m not on maternity leave, I am a full-time working mother. Though I am so grateful to have a job that pays me well and allows me whatever time off I need to be with my family, it’s severely lacking in the creativity department. While I was pregnant with SweetPea, my husband and I decided that it would be great to have a camera on-hand that would leave us with professional-looking photos. He did a lot of research and bought me a second-hand Nikon D80 – which I still have and love to this day…

motherhood

Becoming Mother, Again

Becoming a mother for a second time has definitely been an adventure so far. I’d love to tell you that I’m enjoying every single second of it and have been since I found out I had become pregnant, but I can’t honestly do that. I can’t tell you that I was jumping for joy and immediately running out to buy little clothes and shouting out to the world that I would be birthing another blessing. What I can tell you is the truth…

Family Life · Gentle Parenting

Encouraging Helpful Behavior

I like to plan things. Having a plan makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside, much the same way puppies or babies make some people feel. Plans are my lifeline. I love them. So when my husband and I made a plan for our family, we were very adamant that we needed at least one thing: enough time between the children so that the oldest would be able to help out around the house. There are nearly 4 years between our two kids – so one would think that we had done our planning to a tee…

Gentle Parenting · motherhood

Learning Love

Starting this blog has given me to opportunity for quiet reflection on my children, myself and my roles as a woman, mother and wife. Since being on maternity leave (plus a couple extra work-at-home weeks – more on that in another post), I have had plenty of time to closely observe my daughter and new son in ways that I wouldn’t have otherwise during the rush of wake up-go to work-make dinner-bed time routines…

Gentle Parenting · motherhood

Motherhood in the Morning: Setting Intentions

Let’s start here: Motherhood is hard. Like, really, really hard. But then again, it can be ever-so simple at the same time. There are many days where I wake up and have no idea where to start, no idea how to approach the day as a successful mother, let alone of what I’m going to wear. I know that I’m not alone in this – if you’re here reading a motherhood blog, then you’ve likely felt the same way at some point…or on a daily basis, like moi. I have good news for you though – I have a simple trick that can make your mornings a little less stressful. Though not a magical save-all for those days when you just “can’t even,” this trick can at least give you peace of mind…