Aug 28 2016

What I learned from my kids’ playing, and from their discussion of what was going on in their minds as they played. What’s the Zen of Play? Read all about it.


As the family sang to him, and I brought his cupcake to the table (chocolate zucchini bread with ganache-cream-cheese icing and sprinkles), his face lit up. A second later, I had to hold both of his hands, because he wanted to grab the flame on the candle. Fire is pretty amazing stuff, especially when you’re one…


They’ve been together their entire lives. And now, with Anneliese moving into elementary school, they’re growing apart… I’m so excited for both of them, and here’s why.


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.


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?


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.)


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!


Cloth Diapering - My Minimalist System

Oh man. It’s simple. It’s basic. It’s cheap. Most importantly, it works really well for us!

So how do we cloth diaper?

I’m so glad you asked friend!


Our Emergency Laundry Catch-Up Game

Suddenly, laundry catch-up inspiration hit.

What if, instead of asking or forcing my kids to help me, I wasn’t the person telling us to get the job done?

What if I invited them to play a game with me and we used a timer instead? And what if the prize for BEATING the timer was exciting enough to make it fun??


How to make a woven wrap hammock - table hammock for kids - and win best mom ever status.

It’s so fun to make hammocks and swings with babywearing woven wraps! It’s a great way to break them in with some extra use, and kids LOVE to play in them. Making a hammock with a table and a wrap is a great safe way to make a rainy-day reading nook or just an area



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