A 2020 Halloween Your Children Will Love


Every year my family would throw a Halloween party; it was seriously my favorite part of Halloween. Sometimes we would invite friends over, sometimes it would just be us, but we ALWAYS loved it! As Halloween gets closer and closer, some parents are still agonizing over letting their children trick or treat or not, some […]

Our Dirty Little Secrets

I had the honor of sitting down and chatting with Dr. Wagman from Lakewood Ranch Medical Group recently during a Facebook Live. Unfortunately, the fantastic conversation we had was interrupted by technical issues. I feel so passionate about what we chatted about and wanted to create an article for anyone to read. Who is Dr. […]

Baby Essentials for The First Three Months


When I was figuring out what I needed to get for my first and only child at the moment, I watched numerous baby essential videos and read numerous blogs. There are so many products out there, and it is overwhelming figuring out what items to get and what is necessary. I try not to overbuy […]

Convinced I Couldn’t Get Pregnant

/* custom css */ .tdi_3_c99{ min-height: 0; } /* custom css */ .tdi_5_e60{ vertical-align: baseline; } My periods growing up were always irregular. Doctors told me if I wanted to be regular, then I should start taking birth control. This advice always bothered me because I wondered what was making my cycle so irregular. I [...]

How We are Working to Beat the Divorce Statistics


The only time I’ve ever really lead a prayer out loud was last year in Mexico. We were at a dinner with about 25 others, and they asked me to lead the room in prayer. I was incredibly nervous! Fast forward to the beginning of 2020. For the first time, I sat down and wanted […]

Children Before Marriage: How to Overcome Judgment and Make it Work


Where do I begin? Google, of course! As I search for inspiration, because my own story is so complicated, I found almost nothing. Society has trained us that marriage always comes first, and it should; however, it didn’t happen that way for us. It is not one of those things that every girl dreams. In […]

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We Are Surrounded By Hope Even When We Feel Hopeless


Some days I need a rainbow. I need assurance that the difficulties we are facing are not permanent. Maybe you can relate. Perhaps, like myself, you have spent much of 2020 feeling a hundred different emotions during the course of a day. It’s like you are walking blindfolded through an obstacle course. Now, what if […]

E-Learning Did NOT Work for This Family


When it was time to decide which schooling option, I felt concerned about the number of COVID-19 cases. Therefore, I decided to continue with e-learning for the first quarter and then reevaluate it in October. On August 17, my 5-year-old began kindergarten online. He seemed to be okay with the pre-recordings. I figured I could […]

Why Doggie Daycare Benefits You AND Your Dog


Doggie Daycare Benefits You AND Your Dog! How many times have you come home to a destroyed pillow or cushion? It can be enough to make you cry after a long day at work and this frustration is one of the top reasons people rehome their dog. Meeting all of your dog’s physical and mental […]

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Since we live in "endless summer," we have created the Splash and Swim Guide to make it easy to find places to take the...