I never really thought about "secrets" or the way I framed surprises in our house. I am sure that at some point I have said: "Hey guys we have a surprise for dad, let's keep it a secret!" Or when one...
Ever since my daughter was a baby, we decided to make most of our house a YES space. A YES space is a room in the house that a baby or toddler can explore independently without you ever having...
Hey y’all! I do not know if you have noticed but people but people are heading back to the movies! I had been to the movies in over a year and for me that was torture. Torture! (Dramatic voice...

15-Minute Room Reset

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I do not know if your kids are like mine, but when they have a GREAT day of playing that normally means their rooms look like a GIANT tornado has hit them at the end of the day. Or if...
10 Books To Read This Summer Oh, How I love Summer! I especially get excited to read during summer vacation, when the days are longer and time stretches on. And I am entering a sweet spot as a parent that...
I recently made an unconscious decision to downsize. But I won't actually be losing space or moving anywhere. Instead of downsizing the size of our home, I want to downsize the number of things we have filling the space...
Often it is assumed that partners are splitting the chores in the household 50/50. I disagree. As a two-female household people are often curious who does the ‘womens’ chores (aka dishes and laundry) and who does the ‘mens’...
When Your House isn't "Picture" Perfect A Coastal Bend Mom Collective House Tour We've all seen those picture perfect home photos on our Instagram feed. Those ones with the empty and super clean sinks, no loaves of bread on the counter....
If you just moved or are about to move, you might be wondering how you can establish normalcy in your new city. As a military spouse who has moved three times in the last five years (including one international...
It's official : we are about to have our entire winter season all in the span of one weekend. It is hard to believe that yesterday we were in shorts and flip-flops and today we are back in our...
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Traditional Swim Lessons to Infant Self-Rescue (ISR)

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Krystal and I always knew that water safety was important to us. Although we don’t have a pool at home, living in the Coastal...