Stacy Goes to Kindergarten

Stacy Goes to Kindergarten

I have never felt as dumb as I felt when I started teaching Annie Kindergarten. Do you know how many times I use Google per day to answer questions that my 5 year old asks? "Mama, how many eyes does a fly have?"  "Mama, what sound does a camel make?"  "Mama, why do you dance around like that?" Yes, I should know the answer to all of those...but sometimes my mind totally freezes up. And sometimes...I. Don't. Know. My child is in Kindergarten...and so am I. Learning everything ... Continue Reading...



Why We Stopped Funding our Kids’ College Savings

Why We Stopped Funding our Kids’ College Savings

Post by Barry We're huge Dave Ramsey fans used most of his principles to become completely debt free (including our home) a few years ago. One of his baby steps (baby step 5) is to handle college funding for children. When our first child was born, we started her college fund in a 529. With small, but consistent contributions, that fund is up to roughly $5,000 (she's 5 now). When our next was born, we started him a college fund, too. He's 2 now, and he has almost $2,000 in his fund. Along ... Continue Reading...



Would You Read My Diary?

Would You Read My Diary?

Would you pick up someone's diary and read it? Would you want someone to read YOUR diary? Your innermost thoughts? Probably not - but if you've been around my blog long enough or if you follow my personal account on Instagram, you've been reading my diary for years. I don't have an actual diary - I don't write down my thoughts on a normal basis in a book and hide it under my bed. Nope, instead I have my verbal vomit HERE ON THE INTERNET for all the world to see. What kind of raving lunatic ... Continue Reading...



I Have Become THAT Mom – Mommy Confessions

I Have Become THAT Mom – Mommy Confessions

Before you become a parent, you say and think a bunch of really dumb stuff. You have this little picture in your head of exactly how things are going to go - how you're going to act - how you're NOT going to act. I get it, because I was the same way. Barry and I used to have specific conversations about how exactly our house would run - things we would never do - stuff I would never even consider or be caught DEAD wearing. I like to think that when you become a parent, all your brain cells ... Continue Reading...



Mama, Step Away From the Phone: How to Cut Back Your Online Time

Mama, Step Away From the Phone: How to Cut Back Your Online Time

I should have seen it coming. I’m ashamed at myself that I didn’t. I was sitting on the couch, nursing Eli and my phone beeped. Annie (age 5), who was sitting beside me, instinctively reached over and knocked it out of my reach. “Don’t use your phone now, Mama.” One time, I could have chalked it up to a fluke. But a little later my phone beeped again. She hid it under a tissue. “I didn’t want you to see it.” So, I had the conversation with Barry – “do you think we’re using our phones too ... Continue Reading...