Hello! My name is Lauren, and I’m a mom of two under two in the Lake Country area. In an effort to continue building community in motherhood & do some of my favorite things like make memories with my kids, explore new places and old favorites with other moms and […]
I, by no means, am an expert or consider my own home to be the super tidy model home that we were referring to above, but my sister does jokingly call my house “the museum” and I do take pride in keeping a mostly clean, tidy, and organized home. Now that I am a mom of an 18-month-old, a furry dog baby named Henry Ford and pregnant with number two, I have learned some tricks to help me stay on top of housekeeping without a huge, concerted effort. I also consulted with other moms whose homes I revere as spotless to see what hacks they leverage to share with you (and to steal personally).
But then the next thing I knew, I was off-balance, stepping backward, and then water was over my head. I had a quick freakout moment that I was in the water and “was I going to be ok?” I truly don’t know exactly what happened when I fell, but now I had the task of trying to collect myself and get back on. I grabbed the paddle, plopped it on the board, and tried to conjure up a plan to get back on.
Making things from scratch, or semi-homemade, teaches a lot of different skills to children as well. You need to read a recipe thoroughly and correctly or take the risk of your hard work not turning out. Measurements need to be pretty precise for baking, and knowing the difference between a teaspoon and tablespoon can make a big difference to your end result. And, of course, getting to spend time together laughing and working is the best part.
Believing you can get there is the first step. If you’re already thinking that’s not something attainable for you, you’re already blocking your brain from figuring out ways to make it a success for you. I have two little kids with another on the way. I want to be able to spend as much time with them as possible. I want to take a maternity leave that I want, not what a job tells me I can do.
I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. Changing your habits can be hard, especially if you don’t really want to.
This year has definitely been different to say the least, and no one knows what our new normal will look like. Going into the colder months, we are going to be spending more time indoors and many holidays may look quite a bit different this year. Halloween is up next […]
Many of us have been homebound during the pandemic and if you are like me, you became a little bored looking at the same view in your home day after day. DIY home improvement projects are skyrocketing and those big box stores are going to have record years. Even in […]
It’s Farmers’ Market season and they are open and ready to share their local products with all of us. I love visiting farmers’ markets and even roadside vegetable stands to pickup some great local faire for my family. So far this year, I have attended the Waukesha Farmers’ Market, and […]
We are all feeling a bit stir crazy by now and knowing that we will be like this for maybe another month may make some moms doubling up on their wine orders. But do not fret, we are all feeling the stress and pressures of the work/life balance, especially when it’s all under one roof.
So, I’m 3 months in to my 3rd postpartum period. Some days it feels like I’m a seasoned veteran, some days like a clueless rookie. I’m blessed (and have been blessed the last 2 times around) with healthy, relatively easy newborns. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few tried and true […]
I’m 40 years old and I still believe in Santa Claus. Okay, maybe not the jolly man in a red suit who flies in a sleigh led by 8 magic reindeer (or is it 9…do we count Rudolph?), but I 100% believe in what Santa Claus represents.
Whether you’re a work-at-home mom, a work out of the home mom, a work at an office mom, a uniformed mom or a somewhere in between mom, you are still Mom first and foremost. Whatever way you choose to support your family, your first job is Mom. We are all bonded in a special way, this motherhood tribe. We need to remember this. Instead of tearing each other down, we need to be lifting each other up. Rejoicing in each other’s triumphs and lending a shoulder when the tears start falling.
I met my now husband, back in 2004. I knew at that time he has an incurable disease that he was born with, and would impact him in different ways. At that time, I had never heard of Sickle Cell Anemia, and truly didn’t even begin to understand the true […]
Sweet, round cheeks. Beautiful skin. Precious red curls. Piercing green eyes. I look at my 10-month old daughter and can’t help, though I am extremely biased, but admire what a beautiful little creature she is. I see glimpses of her dad in her eyes and her smile, and of my […]
I was in the middle of a Christmas party last year when I started having contractions. I was only 30 weeks along and I was terrified. Per the on-call doctor’s directions, my husband and I left my two older children with their grandparents and headed over to the Emergency Department. […]
This past July, my family of four embarked on an epic summer adventure in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole, WY. If a trip to Yellowstone is on your bucket list, I urge you to go for it! Now is the perfect time to book a […]
A Note to Myself on My Daughter’s First Day of Kindergarten // Slow down, Mom. Let her pick out her outfit, even though you can do it faster. Let her do her own hair, even though you can do it faster. Let her pack her lunch, even though you can […]
Did you know that you can enjoy all the fun at Great Wolf Lodge without spending the night?! Neither did I! That is until Great Wolf Lodge reached out to us & invited us to come spend the day there. Families can actually buy day passes & enjoy the indoor […]
An interview with Dr Courtney Lemieux + Dr Alison Nelson at Moreland OB/Gyn Laughing Through Labor: New Pain Management Option Available ONLY at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital Planning for a baby involves a lot – setting up a nursery, whittling down that baby registry, reading a parenting book or two. It […]