• Parenting 101: Expectations Aren’t Always A Good Thing

    This post is sponsored by ZERO TO THREE, in collaboration with The Motherhood. Becoming a parent for the first time means you often have expectations on how everything will go. I remember when our eldest was born and how much I thought it was going to get easier with time. It doesn’t, but you do get accustomed to things over time. So Many Expectations We had so many expectations with our eldest when he was born, and we hoped he’d hit so many milestones before he reached a certain age. Little did we know, we were placing stress on ourselves.

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  • #WonderWoman Raised Me

    #WonderWoman Raised Me

    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dr Pepper®. The opinions and text are all mine. Being raised with three brothers meant I had to learn to be tough, but my inner strength comes from my mother. She has always been compassionate, stubborn and opinionated — and I wouldn’t want her any other way. Dr Pepper wants you to appreciate the Wonder Woman in your life and has asked me to share my story. For years, my mother worked day and night to help provide for us. Working around the clock meant we never really got

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  • 5 Honest Mistakes I’ve Made As A New Mom

    Let’s be honest… no mom is perfect.    If I sat here and told you all the things I swore I would never do with my kids you’d probably laugh because by now, with a second child, I’ve pretty much done it. Or at least came pretty close to doing it.   Like swiping something with my shirt instead of going to the sink to rinse it off. Hey, it happens!  But that’s the least of my worries.    I used to think that there was a “perfect mom” standard all the other moms had to abide by. Turns out, we’re

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  • 3 Ways I Embrace The (Mom) Geek In Me

    If someone told me five years ago that I’d be driving a minivan, I wouldn’t have thought they were crazy. Honestly, I learned how to drive in my parents’ minivan and it was the most comfortable vehicle we had growing up. But that’s not the only thing I love about being a mom. In fact, I probably enjoy being a mom way too much. I love doing silly things with our boys and keeping them entertained with just about anything. Yes, there are moments I would rather stay in, and sometimes these are during family gatherings, but I remind myself

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  • How Planning Ahead Makes Me A Better Parent

    How Planning Ahead Makes Me A Better Parent

    Family and friends think I’m crazy for packing a month in advance or even stocking up on soap and towels. I like being prepared for just about anything, so it shouldn’t shock anyone that I don’t like surprises. My parents will be here in less than a week, and you can imagine how much in advance I’ve prepared myself and our home. Although there’s a mountain of unfolded laundry in the guestroom, everything else is ready for their arrival. I even sent them a schedule last month of all the things we’ll be doing to help plan their days. Sadly, the

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