"She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live." -Annie Dillard Reading has always been life-giving to me; a way to adventure through someone else's world for a little while. I was the kid who checked...
WHAT--shopping in a STORE with KIDS in 2020?! How dare I! I know, I know. Moms never generally got excited about making grocery trips with young children--and since the virus-that-may-not-be-named, even quick stops into a store can cause serious anxiety...
So you've done it. You've made the bold and terrifying choice to start a Whole30 journey, and maybe you're freaking out a little. Been there. Done that.  Whole30 is an awesome eating plan. It helps your body reset, lessens your...
If you’re reading this, congratulations…you’ve made it to Level 11 of 2020.  But there’s no telling what trickery Level 12 is going to bring. Santa is cancelled? Carol Baskin’s missing husband is found alive? At this point, if my cat started speaking Spanish...
I was a competitive gymnast for 13 years, a coach of all ages for 6 years, and a high school gymnastics judge for 3 years. If you have a question about cartwheels or pointed toes, I’m your girl. (Just be...
Naptime is a mother's best friend. It's the short vacation that you need to survive, the chance to secretly eat some chocolate, and psych yourself up for the rest of the day. It's the only quiet moment that you...
The COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for seven months now. Yep, you read that right: SEVEN. MONTHS.  And, if you're like me, you've experienced moments of pure joy, extreme sadness, and basically every other emotion in between, sometimes all...
If you give a family COVID, they'll be stuck at home for over two weeks. When they're stuck at home for two weeks with no end in sight, they'll probably lose their minds.  I won't turn this into a witty...
If “staying home” is the new “going out”, why not make it work for your wallet? Being home gives us more opportunities to organize, declutter, and save up – just in time for the holidays. Below are a few...
Every year after the OKC Memorial Marathon I see photos of friends donning their medals, posting adorable photos of their kids and families cheering them on with signs at the finish line and beaming with pride and sweat and...
Hooray for Fall...? Ah, October. The weather changes from unbearable to mostly bearable (it is Oklahoma, after all), coffee shops have started serving pumpkin-themed items, costumes and decorations are everywhere for the upcoming Halloween festivities... except this year is different....
As an adult, I have determined people can still hurt my feelings. Intentional or not, I still find myself wondering how a person could not see how their choice affected me. There are times I find myself in a...

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We're a year into the pandemic and, as much as we parents have had to upend our entire lives, our children have had to...