Saying yes and pressing pause (4 of 4)

Henry made everything slow down. I know he’s my last baby (for real this time), and I’m trying my hardest to soak up the little moments.

I try to say yes as much as I can.


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Zora got a hair cut and looks like a sweet little puppy now. Be sure to watch the video of her playing with the kids and doing tricks with them!


How to teach kids to help cook in the kitchen. Have special one-on-one time with each kid to do a special cooking project! Great idea for how to teach kids to cook.

Kids can cook real food – but we need to teach them how. Here’s how I’m teaching my kids to cook and giving my kids an arsenal of kitchen skills that will serve them for a lifetime.


Zora's IAMS visible differences challenge - part 1

Zora’s going to embark on a little challenge this month – let’s see what visible differences happen! This is part 1, with a sweet video of her playing in the back yard.


Family travel gear - 8 essentials you won't want to get caught without. www.Joyfulabode.com traveling with kids ideas

Do you have a family vacation or trip coming up? You won’t want to be without these 8 essentials for family travel. What’s on my gear list?


The promises a mother makes to her children.

I’ve made lots of promises to my kids. Big ones and small ones, but the most important one i’m not sure I’ve told them about.


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These couples were challenged to look into each other’s eyes for just 30 seconds, and just that little bit of connection sparked some romance. I try to do something similar with my husband every day, with an extra-long hug at least once a day (when he comes home from work is a good time).


Feb 10 2016
I know this mom... (a heartfelt letter to end judgment between mothers)

I know this mom – a heartfelt letter to end judgment between moms. (You know this mom.)


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Dollar General asked me to try out some baby supplies from Dollar General, and compare their store brand to some national brands. I thought that sounded like a fun challenge, and I was happy to give it a go!


My Minimalist Cloth Diaper Laundry Routine - no fuss, no stress, easy peasy.

We know what has and hasn’t worked with the previous two babies and when to just stick with something that works for the sake of sanity. (And good clean cloth diapers)

So when it comes to washing that precious baby’s diapers, ain’t nobody in this house got time for something complicated. Instead? It goes something likes this…


Stop telling me to "Enjoy every moment." I get it, but I just can't.

every now and then, while perusing my favorite sites, I come across a very specific quote that always hits me like a punch in the gut.
“Enjoy every moment.”


Traveling with toddlers - 7 ways to save your sanity

After over 43 hours and 20,000 miles of flight time, I’ve finally found a system that works for us! Here how we keep a two-year-old happy and occupied on flights, whether they’re one hour or twelve hours long!



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