10 Tips to Raise a Confident Daughter with Princess Awesome

Because, the truth is, I don’t care if Little L grows up wanting to dig in the dirt while playing with our dinosaur collection. I won’t mind if she wants to wear the frilliest princess dress while reading story books before bedtime. I just want to be sure to instill in her that these things are not mutually exclusive. … More 10 Tips to Raise a Confident Daughter with Princess Awesome

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To My Children on November 8th, 2016: I Cast My Vote for You

I wasn’t going to share anything here today. Your mind has been made. You have heard what you have wanted to hear. Your vote in this historic election has been cast, (I hope), whether with enthusiasm or dread. And I must believe, though we might strongly disagree, that your heart is in the right place. … More To My Children on November 8th, 2016: I Cast My Vote for You

Ready for Anything with the Britax B-Ready Stroller

When Austin Moms Blog teamed up with Britax, I was thrilled to be invited to try the new 2017 Britax B-Ready Stroller, and eager to see firsthand why Britax is so highly regarded by parents. Though I have always heard fabulous things, I hadn’t ever tried their infant and child gear. It didn’t take long … More Ready for Anything with the Britax B-Ready Stroller

Finding Your Light: An Open Letter to the Mama Lost to Motherhood

I see you, even though you are having a hard time seeing yourself.

You stand before the toothpaste-splattered mirror at the end of the day searching hard for the spirit of the woman who was once housed by this body, only now all you see are the visible signs of exhaustion from the routine. A heart swelling full of love, yet pierced by the fragments of your lingering dreams.

Beneath the dark-circled eyes, the hands wrinkled under the weight of all their giving, the body weary from a life well lived, you wonder, is she there — the girl that I used to be? … More Finding Your Light: An Open Letter to the Mama Lost to Motherhood

Learning To Love My Postpartum Body

All day I had looked right into the signs of my transformation. I had chosen sizes that were actually two sizes too small, an act that solidified in my mind how much heavier I am now. I looked at arms that jiggled and squeezed into things that wouldn’t button. I told myself that when my first baby was four months old, I had looked much better than this. … More Learning To Love My Postpartum Body