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I grew up in a VERY angry household. It seemed as if anger was ever-present as we kids were never good enough and things were never done "just right.” Hypervigilance in this environment was the key to survival. I...

Choosing to Trust

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To me, marriage is choosing every day that your partner is enough for you. That commitment is a choice day-in and day-out to stay through sickness and health, richer or poorer, forever.  The few serious relationships in my adult life...
If you have young (or old) children, you probably know the influence of Disney movie magic. Whether it be watching a classic together as a family or going to see their new films in the theater with your little...

Snail Mail Fail

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Looking back as far as elementary school, I can remember always having an appreciation for fancy pens, stickers, and any kind of stationary or cards that I could get my hands on. I sent cards to thank people for...
They say that distance makes the heart grow fonder. I don’t know about that, but I do know that it made my heart more patient. For the past year, my husband has been working out-of-town five days a week. It...
My kids are well into the double digits now. One is even on the verge of driving and looking at colleges. At this stage, I often find myself reflecting on the things I could have done differently - better...
The midwest is known for being warm, friendly, and down to earth. At least I thought it was, and that was one of the reasons I was looking forward to moving to Cincinnati. I’ve lived a few other places...
Something that happens in motherhood that can drop kick a mama is how when hardship occurs life does not stop screaming out for MORE of you. The needs can quickly become an overwhelming place when not given spaces to...
About a year ago, I read the article Stop Gaslighting Your Kids. I wanted to like it because I agreed with the author's general idea - validate your kid's feelings. But I couldn't. Knowing no good was coming out of my response,...
My husband and I have been together for ten years. We met in college; two sort-of adults and our relationship blossomed as our adulthood grew. We left school, got jobs, and eventually married. Through that process, we became more...

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Cincinnati & NKY Guide to Kids Activities

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Local Mom Tips to Consider when Choosing the Best Kids Activities What time commitment are you seeking and/or able to accommodate? Extra-curriculars are often worth...