Dad Life

Today is a guest interview with one of the most fun couples I know: Crystal and AJ Martin! From navigating time changes with littles, to puddle jumping, to marking special milestones and throwing parties, these guys know how to infuse fun into family life. But why does this matter? Think about the last time you had a good laugh. What did it do to you? When was the last time you had a good belly laugh. Ever laughed so hard that you cried? Fun does...

    Today is a guest interview with the lovely Melanie Faris! Melanie is a young mom with two babies at home under the age of 3. She's passionate about creating a healthy home, putting healthy food on the table, and building healthy habits into regular life that are actually do-able during this wild phase of parenting. But... it can be incredibly challenging to "do everything" we find on Pinterest from mom-blogger-extraordinaire types. And while it would be wonderful to have access to all the...

How are your New Years Resolutions going? It's almost the end of February. Maybe you're on track - maybe you're off track. Maybe they never got clear enough to set, or maybe you intentionally decided not to set any at all. Whatever your case, odds are you at least thought about 2018 and how you wanted it to be different than 2017. I have a tradition. Every year, in the quiet week after Christmas but before New Years Eve, I take some space and think. I sit in...

We're pregnant! 17 weeks to be exact. We're thrilled! And nervous. And thankful. And exhausted! They say first trimester can be tough... With our first, I was tired, but didn't experience the spectrum of symptoms that can plague the first trimester. Thankfully! But the last few months of this year were some of the toughest. Although I'm thankful I wasn't throwing up, queazy waves would hit. It was a struggle just to hold my head up off the table almost every day. I wanted to go to bed...

When are you having a baby? When is the next one coming along? This question has me fired up these days. Because this question causes too much pain for too many people I love and care about. And I get asked this ALL the time. By well-meaning, curious people that I genuinely like. It's often just "casual conversation." But you need to know - this topic is NOT casual conversation. In one question, you are asking a woman about: Her relationship with...

This recipe is tried and true - it's perfect. I've made hundreds of apple pies (no - seriously. I swear.) because for some crazy reason I find it relaxing. Therapeutic almost. Maybe you will too! So – I'm sharing these steps with you just in time for thanksgiving! I learned these simple steps to the PERFECT apple pie from my mother. And now – lucky you – you can too! Homemade. No Preservatives. All natural. It's almost HEALTHY! Haha. Almost. With no further adieu, I wish you the love of apple pie...

Six Tools

Ever felt like you've just got WAY too much going on? Like you just need to get away and hide? Like the house of cards you've built in your busy-ness is about to collapse? And you just can't handle it? I have. And it's no joke. One time, I was in a particularly difficult season of life. The pace was high, and I was on the edge. I was in a meeting - a normal mundane meeting - and for no reason at all, I almost burst into tears. Stress had escaped the carefully crafted bounds...

Expecting? Know someone who is? Pass this on... I hope it delivers encouragement and strength. We found out we were pregnant on our 1st anniversary. I thought so, but I was waiting to take a test until our anniversary because – how fun is that? That morning, I could hardly wait to get up and pee on a stick. Sure enough, I returned with a grin on my face and a plus sign in my hand to say "happy anniversary!" A moment I will never take for granted....

Don't hate me. Childbirth was easier than I expected. I had heard a lot of things. A lot of dramatic stories. I was hoping for the best but preparing for the toughest. This is a positive birth story. Although there were a couple serious surprises, my labour and delivery of Isaac was one of the most beautiful, powerful and memorable experiences of my life!! Every childbirth story is different and there are so many factors at play. Given how many "horror stories" are shared (loud and proud) that perpetuate...

RThe Hidden Fear Of Going Home

Dads, let's be honest - have you ever faced a secret, shameful fear of going home at the end of the day? A quiet, back of your mind resistance to the drive home from the office? I've been there, and sometimes I'm still there. But it never used to be that way. I used to love the drive home. I'd put in a long, focused day at work. Often I'd be a little bagged. I'd have about 20 peaceful minutes before arriving at a quiet house. Sarah and...