When I say we live a busy lifestyle I truly mean it. At the moment I am writing a blog post while simultaneously watching my tween kill it at soccer practice. We spend four evenings a week at practices and one morning at games. Soon Alleigh will also be starting swimming lessons and giving basketball a try for the first time. Each day when I pick my tween up from school we head home, complete homework, and then head out to extracurricular activities. I had been struggling to find a healthy snack that she enjoys and will also fill her up to give … …..
The overwhelming feeling of responsibility I felt when my first daughter was placed in my arms after her birth was a tad terrifying. This cuddly little screaming bundle of joy that we were already so in love with would depend on us for everything. And we didn’t have a clue what we were doing. I remember coming home from the hospital, setting the infant carrier on the floor in the living room, and then thinking “now what?” Fast forward eight years and I now have a third grader along with her three younger siblings. That overwhelming feeling of responsibility? It’s … …..
My little Lilah Rose is going to be celebrating her second birthday in just a few months and I suspect shortly after that we have the possibility of being a diaper free household. Well at least with my girls that is. Three to four days a week I have the pleasure of snuggling with my precious nephew while his mama and daddy are at work. He’s almost five months old which means I’ve got lots more diaper changes coming my way. One things for sure with the motherhood experience of four kiddos of my own I have definitely figured out … …..
When the girls and I visited Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on a media trip recently I was absolutely amazed at how much the city had to offer families. During the few days we had to explore the city we checked out quite a few different attractions that were an absolute blast and today I am excited to share those with you. Many of these attractions you could spend an entire day at and I could also write pages and pages about them as well. Instead I am going to give you a little snippet about each attraction and perhaps you will be … …..
I don’t know about you, but I love saving money. I’m always looking to see how many different ways I can save money when I make any purchase whether it be big or small. The more money I can save the bigger rush I get. I suppose this is one of those times you could say “you know you’re a grown up when…” hehe. In addition to my money saving apps and coupons I have another trick up my sleeve that helps me fill up my gas tank at a steep discount and occasionally for free! Instead of using cash … …..
School is back in full swing again, and a sense of routine is beginning. My maternity leave has also ended, and I’m getting in the groove of working again, just with another little person at home waiting for me! With all of the routines comes homework each night, running kids to school, and sports practices. It also seems to come with a healthy dose of back-to-school grouchiness in the evenings. We’ve tried a few strategies this year to combat new routine stress like spending evenings outdoors, going for walks, and playing some games. While we all love games, it’s sometimes … …..
Life has been rather crazy around the Harper household. We just got back from our family vacation to Destin, Florida. Alleigh and Kaelyn had their first day back to school. And soccer season started again. I’ve been running here and there and everywhere while working up a sweat in this hot humid weather. And I’m not just talking about my pits. Before I go any further I’m just going to throw out a friendly public service announcement that this post is for the ladies. And so if you don’t have a V then you might want to click over to … …..
Our family has always been a fan of competition and team building. From the time my husband and I first met each other, we’ve always been a bit more than slightly competitive. From church camp sports teams as kids to paintball as teens and now tabletop board games as a family, we love to compete and challenge each other. Our boys have definitely followed in our footsteps as they have entered the world of sports, and have taken full advantage of our big yard this summer to try out different games. Recently, we were able to invite other families and … …..
This #BackToSchoolSImple shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Only 18 more days until my two oldest daughters head back to school. It’s hard to believe I will be driving a third grader and first grader to school this year. A few days ago I took them to get all of their school supplies and while we were at it decided to make a trip through Giant Eagle to get some ideas for school lunches. I really prefer to do my grocery shopping at Giant Eagle because they have a great selection … …..
A few weeks ago my sister, the girls, and I had the pleasure of attending a media trip to explore Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan I have visited the city a few times to cheer on my team during games. From those visits I knew that Pittsburgh is an absolutely gorgeous city. The rivers that surround the city and bridges that span over the water are simply breathtaking. I could spend an entire day just driving around and taking in the gorgeous architecture. And even in the middle of a huge bustling city you will still find … …..