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Foster Care Q & A: What to do before your first placement.

I decided to start writing weekly foster care content, because there's some available online but not much is super current when it comes to tangible resources. So, if you're discerning foster care or you're currently a foster parent, check in each week for more answers. I asked for foster care questions in stories, so I'm trying to answer those here. As always, send along your questions and I'll do my best to help connect you with good resources. You can…

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Trolls World Tour Family Movie Night! (Recipes & Free Printables!)

When quarantine started, I kind of stopped sharing my movie night posts because it seemed silly since every hour of every day had become family movie night, HA. BUT.. I have waited since April to watch this movie, I mean my kids have. Not me, a grown adult. However, I couldn't afford the 19.99 price tag at the time with all the cut backs to work and doubling our family size all within a week or two. So, not so…

Some Things I Wish I Had Learned Sooner..

I have really gotten away from sharing these types of posts in the last two years, because even though my passion is for writing and stringing stories together--I'm slowly learning these types of pieces usually perform better in an off line capacity. However, with quarantine in mind, I thought it would be fun to share and see what you guys would tell your younger self. 1) "Your body is a temple." doesn't mean you can't eat dessert or need to…

Fun Mom Hacks From One Enneagram 7 Mama.

I was never much for personality tests, but I heard so much about the enneagram that eventually I did get around to trying it out and okay yeah. So. It’s spot on. I feel like I’ve learned a lot from studying the enneagram too, practical means for self improvement. In my case, I’m always up for fun. I don’t like feeling sad. I’d rather try a new restaurant. So, I have to actively work on making sure I’m experiencing all…

Father’s Day Printables (Banner, Cake Toppers, Pancake Toppers!)

So, this morning my super talented friend texted me and said she made some cute printables and asked if I'd want to stick them on the blog. UMMM yes. Print out this adorable banner and hang it in your house for Sunday morning, let's make things special even while we practice social distancing at home. Also, I plan to do a pancake breakfast with these amazing toppers. They would work well as gift tags or even on top of a…

Acne, Writer’s Block, and twice as many kids.

I haven't sat down just to write in.... well, I couldn't tell you how long. I have wrestled with how to even get on here and talk normally during this very abnormal time. It just hasn't felt right to hop on stories to share my latest Aldi finds or Amazon purchases when so many have lost their jobs. Clearly, I haven't traveled in recent months. And homemaking? Even that looks completely different when you're at home as a family 24/7.…

Book Suggestions For Foster Families!

Ya'll have followed along long enough to know books are a huge part of my life. Representation matters. I can't tell you the times my young sons have asked for a library book with a family like theirs, only to be given something in a different language we can't read or parents that don't look like theirs. I purchased a book ledge from Ikea, strategically placed it in the bedroom for future foster children and filled it with diverse characters.…

Party City Is Simplifying The Virtual Birthday Party!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Party City. All opinions expressed are my own.Alright, summer birthdays look MIGHTY different this year. My birthday strategy is to usually find a pool or a splash pad, some kind of activity to keep the kids busy, a cake, and some cute decor. This year, I find myself planning THREE drive by celebrations. I'm so grateful for Party City and their new virtual birthday party kits. You can decide if you want to host…

Summer 2020: A Resource Guide (with printables!)

I look forward to putting together my summer guide for free and frugal things to do as a family every year for you guys. Our guide for 2020 is going to be filled with wonderful things to do at home together. I want you all to stay safe and healthy, practice social distancing, and make memories this summer. We are approaching the end of our school year, and I'm working to get organized for a productive and fun summer at…

Amazon Favorites: May Edition

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. When you shop using my links, at no extra cost to you, I make a percentage from each sale. Thank you supporting my blog.May is such a special month. Our first foster care awareness month as foster parents! Mother's day occurs in May, a personal favorite. We also love to make Asian Pacific Heritage Month special in our home. We do our best to share some new traditions with friends, but it doesn't look…