“The One & Only Ivan” Family Movie Night!

My family and I read "The One & Only Ivan" back in April as our nightly read aloud. I actually put a copy in Liam's Easter basket. It was a family favorite read aloud, and we couldn't pre-order our copy of "The One And Only Bob" fast enough. Needless to say, we've been really looking forward to watching this movie in theaters, but this pandemic had other plans. I do feel blessed it'll be on Disney+, because I don't think…

Foster Care Wishlist: What To Add!

I said I'd do a post on this months ago, and I'm sorry to just be getting around to it. A fostering friend suggested to me that before we become foster parents we start a wish list, I'm glad I did! What I learned is that your friends want to help, and this makes things easy on them. Your actual needs/wants are on one page. I also made sure my friends knew we were open to hand me down versions…

Making Your Life Easier Over Here!

Disclosure: This posts contains links to my amazon storefront. I will earn a commission if you shop through my links. Thanks for supporting This Messy Season. I spent some last night updating my storefront after making some storires abotu simplifying your homemaking responsibilities by using Amazon prime to deliver your goods! I've pieced together my favorite things and homemaking products and everyday household items into one place to give you a starting point for setting up things to be delivered…

MY personal experience with Acutane: 12 day check in

Disclosure: I'm not a medical professional, I'm just sharing my experience in case it might help anyone else. Also, I want to see my journey over time too and thought this would be a fun way to document it.So before we start at present day, day 12 of taking generic Acutane or isotretinoin, which is a vitamin A derivative. I'm going to back up to 2015, about three months after I stopped nursing my son when I first started getting…

A book to read with your school age sons! (That don’t suck!)

Disclaimer: I was gifted a copy to read and share if I wanted to. All opinions are my own, I loved it. I'm going to tell you guys something right now, and I want ya'll to hear me. There is a major, major, major, lack of good, quality literature for elementary school age books for boys. In fact, maybe I'll write a series for that age. I thought it would be nice to share a couple suggestions here for you…

SCOOB Family Movie Night: Coming to Redbox 7/21/2020

Can I tell you how much it broke my heart to tell my son (who LOVES Scooby-Doo, btw) that we just couldn't afford the 20.00 price tag to rent this one. Like a lot of people, my work has been super slow and our budget has been tight. So, I'm thrilled to finally watching this with my boys on Tuesday night. They've been so patient and understanding as we've navigated the early days of foster parenting and job loss. So,…

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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…