What Do You Do When Simplifying Isn’t So Simple?

What Do You Do When Simplifying Isn't So Simple?

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Too many times over the past year my husband and I have looked at each other in exasperation and exclaimed, “TOO MUCH STUFF!” It happens when… …our laundry pile has stopped fitting inside the hamper and has, instead, exploded over the top, down the sides, and all over the floor of our room. …our kids seem to have dumped out every container of toys that they own and then whine and complain when we tell them it’s time to clean […]

Let’s Talk About Birth Control, Shall We?

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By Natalie, Contributing Writer Got your guard up? Hopefully this post will help bring the different sides together a little closer on this subject. I don’t claim to have it all figured out, but since Stephanie asked the contributors on KOTH to write up a post this month on a topic that we don’t have all the answers for, and since I am publishing a book this month (catch the details below!) about women who had lots of babies over the course of three decades, […]

Three Attitude Adjustments During Pregnancy

Three Attitude Adjustments During Pregnancy

                  By Natalie, Contributing Writer Pregnancy is such a mixed bag, don’t you think? On the one hand you have the miracle of LIFE filling your body. On the other hand you also get the garden variety of emotions and physical stresses that come with the complete package. If you’re lucky, that is. If you’re not so lucky, you get worse. That can include anything from bed rest to miscarriage to infant loss. But wait a minute. […]

Fun, Frugal Outdoor Summer Activities

Fun, Frugal Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer One of the aspects we enjoy most about the summer is the warm weather.  As soon as the sun starts peaking out and tendrils of warmth drift through the air, we are ready to go outside! We’re a bit past that now, seeing that it’s the middle of June.  We’ve had our fair share of 80+ degree days and a lot of humidity as well.  While it hasn’t deterred us — yet — it has definitely modified some of our […]

Encouragement for the Weary Work-at-Home Mama

Encouragement for the Weary Work at Home Mama

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It’s 5:00 pm. I’ve been staring at the computer screen for the past hour/hour and a half. My husband sends me a text that he is on his way home from work, 30 minutes away. I look around the house – toys, art supplies, books and the leftovers of a blanket fort are scattered everywhere, evidence of the kids basically having free reign of the house while I worked. I have no idea what we’re going to have for dinner. […]

10 Truths You Need to Hear When You Feel Like a Failure as a Mom

10 Truths You need to Hear When You Feel Like a Failure as a Mom

By Beth, Contributing Writer A few days ago I had one of *those* days. The baby wasn’t sleeping well and had been up half the night, I didn’t get to shower, the house was still a complete disaster because we’d just moved into it a week prior, and I was feeling extra sorry for myself because it was a Saturday and Chris was headed out to work for an extra long day of flying. I figured it was inevitable. The grouchiness, that is. I made […]

5 Practices of Natural Mothering

5 Practices of Natural Mothering

Please note that today’s post is not intended to make any mother feel “unnatural” or that this way of mothering is “better” than or superior to other ways. I am friends with plenty of mothers who do not chose these practices, and many of them are much better mothers than I am! This post is simply to educate moms new to natural living about several aspects of what comprises “natural motherhood.” By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer When I first became a mom nearly five years […]

10 Tips for Transitioning to 2 Kids

Transitioning to 2 Kids

By Mindy, Contributing Writer Although I was beyond happy and excited, I will admit that I was a bit anxious about adding a second child to our household. I had heard from countless people that the hardest transition was going from one child to two. Despite my anxiety, I was still so thrilled when we welcomed our baby girl into the world a few short weeks ago. We were blessed to have an awesome home birth, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. However, […]