Holiday Travels: Surviving 2,500 Miles on the Road with Kids

As I mentioned in my last post, my little family and I are in the midst of our epic road trip. Decreasing temperatures, gloomy skies, and icy roads drove us south for the holidays. I'm beginning to think all this will be more than worth it after looking at the forecast for Christmas day. Our home in St. Paul, MN is predicted to have a Christmas low of -7 F and a high of 2 F. Melrose, Florida, where we'll be spending Christmas day, is expected to have a high of 63 and a low of 43. I'll let you decide which location will be more enjoyable. When we decided to drive from Minnesota to Florida, my husband and I looked at it as an opportunity to spend quality time with the kids and each other while showing them some of this great country we live in. As our departure date approached, I began to worry about driving clear across the country with three small children. I imagined myself curled up in the corner of a hotel room rocking back and forth, crying and muttering to myself "almost there, Keep Reading

Perfect Books for the Holiday Season

Well, I feel that I have been officially inducted into life in the Midwest. It snowed earlier this week and then the temperature plummeted. Low temps turned the roads into a sheet of ice. Back in North Carolina or Georgia, this would shut everything down. No school. No work. Nothing. Here in Minnesota, it's life as usual. No one seems to notice. I, however, am freaking out as my car fishtails and careens all over the road anytime I attempt to stop or slow down. Fun times. My kids might have learned a few new words as I yelled at the 4th person to honk at me for going too slow. What is wrong with people!? Driving on solid ice is NOT normal! Besides taking my kids to school and stopping by the gym, I'm trying to stay home as much as possible. What to do when cold, snowy December weather keeps you inside? Pour yourself a hot cup of tea and read a holiday book, of course! There's nothing better than a holiday-themed book to warm your soul when wintry weather abounds. I have my favorites Keep Reading

What I Learned This Fall

The Christmas lights are twinkling and Santa is scaring small children at every mall in America, but the winter solstice is still more than two weeks away. I have found myself stressed out for no particular reason more and more frequently, so I've decided to pause and think about things that make me happy and things I've learned this fall. I'm linking up with Emily P. Freeman to pause, reflect, and share what I've learned this fall. Here are 6 things I've learned this fall... What Miso Looks Like  I recently found a delicious looking recipe for Miso Chicken Soup in a magazine and thought I could replicate it. The recipe called for several tablespoons of miso. As I made out my grocery list, I realized I had never seen miso before. What did miso look like? I knew I had eaten miso in soups before, but I had no idea what it looked like. Was it a liquid? Was it a solid? I didn't know. Luckily, it wasn't too hard to find in the refrigerated section at the grocery store. It's actually Keep Reading

Children’s Literature is the Best Kind of Gift

If you haven't guessed already, I love to give my kids books as gifts. I'm pretty sure I get more joy out of picking out the perfect book, smelling the deliciously new pages, and watching their faces light up in fake excitement as they open it up than my kids do from getting them. Both of my bigger kids love to read and enjoy getting new books they don't have to return to the library. Christmas is not the only time I go book shopping for my kids. Birthdays, Halloween, Easter, Valentine's Day, even Arbor Day all require trips to the book store. Around here, I just finished shopping for my almost-5-year-old. My sweet little boy suddenly grew up before my eyes. I have no idea how that happened. His birthday is in a couple of days and you better believe I wrapped up some brand new books in Paw Patrol wrapping paper for his upcoming birthday celebration. My son is still in the picture book phase. I feel some pressure to get him to start reading, but then I remember that he'll be ready when Keep Reading