4 Surprising Things I Wish I Had Heard From My Daughter Earlier

Nothing brings more joy, happiness and satisfaction than raising a daughter and sharing the most precious experiences of life. At the same time, having a daughter is one of the most difficult tasks a man will be called upon to perform. There’s no magic wand to wave that will make things go smoothly, nor is there a textbook to follow. Still, there are a few things I wish my daughter had talked to me about earlier in this journey—things that had I known sooner, would’ve made me a more … [Read more...]

Happiness is Saying “NO!” – Your Family Will Agree!

I am rushing through the grocery store with two cranky kids in tow. They are tired, hungry and they miss sitting quietly on the floor playing with DUPLO with their mama. Instead, we are flying down the bread aisle in a desperate search for the only honey wheat bread their older brother will eat. Out of the corner of my eye, I see a familiar face approach. Dang it! There is nowhere to hide! The bread aisle is also the wine aisle, and of course, that is where she is headed. (No judgment passed, … [Read more...]

How To Make This Season’s Most Awesome LEGO Wreath

I am wide awake while everyone around me is happily snoring. My mind is racing a million miles an hour. I have a love/ hate relationship with my brain when this happens. There is an idea brewing in my head and it just won’t stop nagging me. I MUST CREATE! I MUST CRAFT! I reach for the notebook I keep by my bed. Hopefully, this chicken-scratch will be legible tomorrow morning, or rather, in a few hours when another day is upon us. I don’t want to forget this idea and all the inspiration that … [Read more...]

50 Awesome Ways To Have Fun This Summer

The late afternoon sun is beating down on my face. I am soaking up the warmth, taking in the sounds all around me. The kids are playing nicely (not quietly) in the backyard, while I am relaxing after a full day of memory-making fun. This is my first summer as a stay-at-home mom. The magnitude of being with my kids for the entire summer vacation isn’t lost on me. It is exciting and slightly frightening (truth be told). I don’t want the days, weeks and months to slip away from us. I want the … [Read more...]

10 Things Every Soccer Mom Must Have on The Sidelines

“Mama, I am hungry…., it’s so hot, I am bored, is the game over yet?” If I had a dime for every time I heard those words last year, I could run away to a private island and have a nice quiet vacation by myself - far away from whining. Thankfully things got better as the months passed, less complaining, more smiles. Over time, us moms learn what is needed to silence the masses and keep everyone happy - regardless of the circumstances. Our first season as a travel soccer family is drawing to … [Read more...]

A Refreshing Danish Salad With The Best Life Has to Offer: Bacon!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreschEats #CollectiveBias It is Tuesday afternoon, which can only mean one thing! I am bound to get stressed out in a matter of mere minutes. Sitting in a car line for over an hour to pick up two kids at different schools, rushing home to meet the reading tutor, making sure homework has been completed, getting one kid ready for select soccer practice ALONG with feeding all the hungry … [Read more...]

5 Awesome Things You Can Do Outside While Baby Wearing

I will never know how many miles we walked. The hours spent on our “project” added up as the days and weeks passed. I wonder if he knew how much he helped me through the teenage years. Our walks became an outlet for me: a safe place to vent my thoughts, feelings and turmoil, and there is a lot of that when you are an awkward teenager. We walked and walked. Our mission was to cover every single street, road, even the narrowest path in our small rural Danish town. We marked our trips on a … [Read more...]

Be Prepared For Family Fun With These 12 Things in Your Car

It is a hot sticky Saturday afternoon in the middle of summer. The humidity here in South Florida makes the air so thick you can cut it with a knife. The kids are hot, sweaty and cranky, even though we are inside chilling in our air conditioned house. The clock on the microwave says 2:13, which means the babies are supposed to be napping, but no such luck. Everyone is overtired and slightly annoyed. There is nothing left to do than to implement plan B, immediately. We quickly bark orders for … [Read more...]

A Letter to the Woman Stuck in a Toxic Relationship

Dear Woman in a Toxic Relationship, I see you! Not in a creepy, stalker way, no you have enough of that going on in your everyday life. But I SEE you - the woman behind the sad eyes, the unkempt hair, the mismatched clothes and the body language that screams “please let me blend in. I don’t want to stick out. I don’t want to offend him. I don’t want him mad at me - again.” I see YOU - the strong woman who has been beaten down by words, hands or worse. The woman who’s confidence has … [Read more...]

How to Create, Play and Have Fun with LEGO DUPLO

I am SURE you have been in this situation several times if your kids love LEGO DUPLO like ours do. Here we are, on the floor of their room, surrounded by a sea of red, blue and yellow LEGO DUPLO bricks. Jansen (4), Jonah (2) and I, in-between incomplete sets, half assembled buildings and wheel-less cars. Now what?! The kids are BEGGING for me to build a zoo with for them. Let me see here, a zoo, that’s just a square with a few windows and doors, right? Oh, judging from the impatient … [Read more...]

20 Ways You Know You Are Rocking Motherhood

We are good moms, right?! As a matter of fact, we are better than that, we are GREAT moms! My kids wear their Sunday best, even on Tuesdays, yours do too, right? When I cook, my kids scarf down the food so fast that I have to remind them to chew every bite at least 17 times. They ask for seconds and thirds, and of course, they decline ALL offers of dessert. Yours do too, right? Or… perhaps the definition of being an awesome mom varies slightly at your house? Truth be told, motherhood in our … [Read more...]

How to DIY a Miniature Dinosaur Garden the Kids Will Love

“But Mama, you cannot have a dinosaur from the Jurassic period living with one from the Cretaceous period - It just can’t be done!” His forehead was wrinkled and his eyes expressed sadness and confusion. Jacob (9) threw his hands in the air with an exasperated sigh. I was about to commit the cardinal sin of letting a Brachiosaurus live with a Tyrannosaurus Rex and I really should have known better. Note to self: brush up on my paleontology studies. (This post may contain affiliate … [Read more...]

Give a Box. Make Great Friendships That Last a Lifetime

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiveABox #CollectiveBias You know the sixth-sense-feeling you get when something isn’t quite right with one of your friends? All of a sudden she is on your mind, and you have this urge to pick up the phone to check in - and to calm your worries. Well, that happened to me recently. My dear friend had her second baby a few months ago. She was still in her “4th trimester” mode, but out of … [Read more...]

50 Things Every Tired New Mom Needs to Hear

The living room was a disaster. There was laundry piled everywhere. Dishes in the sink, patiently waiting to be loaded in the dishwasher. The ones in the dishwasher were also patiently waiting for their turn to be put away. In six short weeks our lives had turned from “domestic bliss” to “I think a tornado just hit, how will we ever be “normal” again.” I called my friend Kara. I was counting on her for encouragement. She had gone through the exact same experience three weeks before we did. … [Read more...]