Food Is Hard

I have spent most of my life battling food in one manner or another. As a teen, the battle consisted of avoiding foods for the purpose of punishing myself. They say withholding food is an eating disorder and one that is about control. If that's true, then I was trying to control my perception of…

I’m A Mom And…

I have spent countless hours in therapy re-defining myself. Learning that I am not a one dimensional being; that I am not defined by my trauma or individual experiences. That I play many a-roles and have had many an experiences; and that this collection of roles and experiences is what actually define me. PSA: You…

Christmas Shopping Edition: The Aftermath

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here.* I know y'all are anxiously awaiting a recap of how our intentional gift giving extravaganza went this year. SPOILER ALERT: Successful. QUICK RECAP on the highlights: I'm not going to lie, as I was wrapping things up I started getting a wee bit sweaty…

Christmas Shopping Edition: Want

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here. Also, you click pictures for links! Fancy, eh?!* Well here we are; ten days before Santa arrives and the final category of our Christmas gift giving guide for this year. The category my kids are probably most excited for and the one that…

Christmas Shopping Edition: Wear

When it comes to fashion my kids are inventive. When it comes to clothes, they are picky. When it comes to sizing, they are Goldilocks. Everything is either too big or too small. It doesn't fit right or my favorite: "It doesn't feel right." They have never been able to elaborate as to what right…

Christmas Shopping Edition: Read

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here. P.S. click pictures for links!* This year for Christmas we are doing something a little different. We are being intentional with our gift giving. You can read the full scoop here, and again here, but that is basically the jist. It is important…

Christmas Shopping Edition: Need

*Please note: this post contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here.* Tree is up. Elf is out. It is officially the Christmas season! I talked about how we plan to shop for Christmas this year here. In line with intentional shopping, I have been taking notes as to what my children "need".…

‘Til Hygiene Parts Us

My experience with depression is not sadness. In fact I don't feel sad at all. I just don't feel. There may be uncontrollable sobbing, loss of interest in things I once enjoyed, lack of motivation, finding it difficult to get going in the morning, or any time of day really. An inability to sleep through…

Christmas Shopping Edition: Elf

*Please note: this post contains affilitate links. You can read my disclosure policy here.* I am frequently asked how I manage to shop for five kids every Christmas. My husband and I start talking about what we want to get the kids for Christmas around October. He usually tells me, "Let's think about it," or…

The Day the Magic Died

DISCLAIMER: The following blog discusses Santa Claus and the like. Proceed with caution. We have a saying in our house: we don't keep secrets. This rule was established for the obvious, and maybe to some, not so obvious reasons. But, basically when you tell one of our children "don't tell" they know that is a…