Happy Halloween + Our DIY Turbo The Snail Costume


I found this dress online and thought it was so cute but it was sold out. So I did what any crafty person would do. I ordered the fabric and then asked my friend Tracie if she would make it for me. I can not sew things, y'all. But didn't it turn out so cute? I realize that you can't totally tell on account of how I am still trying to figure out how not to get a blurry photo when shooting an always moving toddler on manual. Scarlette wanted to be Turbo this year for Halloween. Do you know what Turbo is? It's a snail. With racing gear. And I was all "Sure you can be Turbo!" because I made a cardinal parenting mistake of assuming that … [Read more...]

How To Help Your Kids Not Be Afraid Of The Dark: God Made Light

How To Teach Your Kids Not To Be Afraid Of The Dark - A FANTASTIC children's book called God Made Light

A few months ago Scarlette started telling us that she was afraid of the dark. That is what she said "I am just a wittle bit afwaid of da dark." She asked us to leave the door to her room cracked each night. We got her a nightlight but she still wanted us to leave the door open. "Like a twiangle" she said, showing me with her hands exactly how much she wanted the door to be left open. This past spring I was having lunch with my friend Jess when she said "Do you want to see the children's book Matthew wrote?" Matthew is her husband and I've read and loved a lot of his books but none of them have been for children so I was … [Read more...]

Why It’s Important To Tell Your Story


I'm burying my story in the dirt right now. Hands in the soil and knees sinking in the mud I'm digging deep with this shovel to cover over a legacy. You have to plant the thing for it to bloom.  We traveled to Tennessee, straight through to the end of it where the flat edges meet the river and ground is white with cotton fields. We sat there in my grandmother's garden and the flowers were family, carried from one plot of the land to the next, from my great-great grandmother on. We dug up our story by the roots and drove it some eight hours south in the back of a white Toyota. I gave my daughter a toddler-sized shovel, miniature … [Read more...]

Childhood Conversations and Charlie Brown


Scarlette is still in that innocent phase of childhood where she thinks that everyone is her friend. Sometimes when the windows are open and she hears the neighborhood kids talking, she will run to the window, press her face against the screen and yell "WHAT? I CAN'T HEAR YOU! I'M UP HERE!" And when I try to explain to her that they aren't actually talking TO her, they are just talking and we can hear them she says to me "Yes dey are talking to me. Dey my friends!" The other day they came to up to the house to see if she could play so we went outside. I love listening to Scarlette's conversations with the other kids.   The … [Read more...]

Autumn Travels and Being Bold


I have never been a very bold person. I know this comes a surprise to you on account of how I used to rock this look. But for the most part, I'm not a big risk-taker. I am more like "Let's analyze all of the risks and then deem this too risky and not do it at all ever, actually" sort of person. Basically, I am the most fun person at an amusement park ever. I mean, everyone likes to take that one friend who just stands at the bottom of all the roller coaster rides and holds their stuff for them. I am very good at that role. Mostly because I am not particularly fond of heights or the idea of going up really high in the air and then … [Read more...]

Because Girls Like LEGO®s and Pirates, Too

Jake and the Neverland Pirates LEGO® DUPLO® adventures

When Disney Junior offered to send us a Jake and the Neverland Pirates LEGO® DUPLO® set I said yes because Scarlette loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates and can often be found wearing an eye patch and growling at us. So I knew that both her and my husband, who kind of digs anything LEGO®, would be excited about it. I, however, had no idea that she was going to be THIS excited: I mean, y'all. Is Christmas going to be the cutest thing ever at my house this year or what? One of the areas where Scarlette is a little bit delayed as a result of a prematurity is in her fine motor skills. We did a lot of occupational therapy with her … [Read more...]

Christmas Catalogs? I Just Solved All Your Gift Giving Problems.


Every year around this time my mailbox starts to fill up with catalogs full of gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season. Some of them are totally legit ideas for gift giving. And some of them are full of some of the most random assortment of items I have ever seen. And every year the exact same thing happens: I open one of these catalogs and I am immediately hypnotized by the glossy sheen of the pages featuring nonsensical items. I don't even know what comes over me. The first few pages I am scoffing at popcorn makers shaped like the Stanley Cup and five hundred dollar robot tea pots. The next thing I know I am dog-earing corners of … [Read more...]

What’s In My Bag : Autumn Edition

What's In My Bag : Autumn Edition

“Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Puffs through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Puffs, all opinions are my own.” Autumn is the start of cold and flu season. I mean, it's full of other fun things like pumpkin spice lattes and apple picking and knee high boots. But when you have a three year old you basically just equate fall with runny noses. Puffs sent me their new SoftPack tissues to try out. They are basically full sized boxes of tissues only they are packaged in the flexible soft packaging, much like the mini-packagages of tissues that you can throw in your purse. The … [Read more...]

Two Awkward Moments Involving My Questionable Clothing Choices


That time I found a really cute, pink, striped, boatneck long sleeve shirt from Ann Taylor Loft on ThredUp for just five dollars. And then later put it on only to  have Scarlette come running in my room holding out a shirt that I had purchased for her from Carter's a couple of months ago and saying "Mommy I wear my pink shirt too!" Once she discovered that we owned matching tops it was all over and she also wanted to wear matching pants and shoes. Not only did I inadverntantly purchase a top that is completely identical to one that I had bought for my three year old, I then had to run errands while dressed like twins. It's a good … [Read more...]