New Beginnings

Hello, my sweet friends!! If you are reading this, it is most likely because you love me very much, and despite my shortcomings, you have yet to give up on me. And for that, I am eternally gratefully to you. It has been many months since I have posted...

New Year’s Reflections

“New Year, New You!” I’ve seen that phrase so many times already, and it makes me cringe every time. I don’t think it is inherently bad to use the new year as a jumping off point for self improvement, it’s just that it rarely seems to stick. And what’s...

Hold On…

  When I was 14, my mom passed away from brain cancer. My dad did the best he could to help my sister and I deal with our mom’s death. He gave us the option of backing out of camp that year (she passed away 2 weeks before camp...

Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds

I recently read a note that my mom wrote to my stepmom shortly after she had been diagnosed with brain cancer. My stepmom was “just” a friend of the family at the time. It only makes sense that my dad turned to her for comfort after my mom was...

How To Set Healthy Boundaries For Family

Maybe you have the perfect family. Maybe every gathering is wonderful, joyful, and without any drama whatsoever. Maybe your family’s interactions are a beautiful harmonious show of love and affection. Or maybe that’s not the case at all. I’d like to think that most families fall somewhere in the...

Motherhood is tiring…

Sometimes, I just get tired of being a mom. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore my son, and would give my life for him if needed. Motherhood is a precious gift that I do not take for granted. I have plenty of friends who have lost a child,...

15 Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is only a few days away, but it’s not too late to get the perfect gift for your mom, grandma, sister, or other mother in your life! Mother’s Day is kind of a bittersweet holiday for me these days, as my mom passed away when I was...

What Is The Envelope Budgeting System?

We have struggled with budgeting for over a year now. Before that, we didn’t even HAVE a budget! *Gasp!* I know, I know. In the past, people have tried to teach me the importance of a budget, but I just didn’t get it. But then I lost my job,...

The “Never Enough” Gremlins: Stepping Into The Light

Do you know what gremlins are? Have you seen the 1984 movie? Gremlins were these evil little creatures that try to kill people. But according to Brene Brown, [shame] “gremlins are the tricksters who whisper all of those terrible things in our ears that keep us afraid and small.”...