How to Plan a Weekend Away from Your Kids

I’m writing this in my underwear from a hotel room in Boston. I slept until 7:30am this morning, which in my house is the kind of luxury usually reserved for my birthday. Yesterday, she and I saw our first movie in a theater since July 2015. We waited two and …

Confessions of a Mom with a Strong-Willed Child

I yell at my kids. I’ve grabbed my son Jack by the arm and literally dragged him to his room. I have slapped his hand, spanked his butt and told him I’m moving to California and never coming back. None of this I’m proud of. It actually haunts me at …

The Best On-The-Go Salad!

A large bowl of nutritious goodness awaits you, and it is only 30 minutes away! This on-the-go salad is perfect for busy families, if you’re looking to eat better or simply because you love eating anything out of a jar (that’s me!). The salad ingredients are perfect examples of how …

How to Appreciate the One You’re With: Take a Step Back

I want to tell you a story. It goes a little something like this: We have a water dispenser on our refrigerator. We live in a rental, a rental that we love, a rental that I am doing everything in my power to manifest in order to buy from two …

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day! If you’re a brand new mama, perhaps this is your first official Mother’s Day…or maybe you’ve experienced 18 of these holidays and your babies have left the nest. No matter what age our children are, they will always be our babies. And every Mother’s Day (actually every …

Dad Talk Spotlight: Alex Holguin

We focus so much on motherhood: leaning into the motherhood, transitioning to motherhood, finding your group of live-or-die friends via motherhood. But what about the dads? When my little twosome expanded into a threesome, my marriage was affected. All of the blissful time my hubby and I had shared – …

The Guide to Happiness Starts Now

Happiness. It can be a loaded word for some… For most of my life, that word seemed just out of reach. When you’re growing up in a Midwest middle-income household with three older sisters and one younger brother, you basically only wear hand-me-downs for your entire childhood. That does not …

Conversations With My Daughter

There are very few things I love about Facebook. Like very few. But one of the things I do love – besides feeling all the love on your birthday – is when parents post random, hilarious, honest conversations with their kids. While I was writing my novel about a five-year-old who …

A Mom, A Moment, A Movement

The seeds for this blog, my first for Joy of Mom, were actually planted several years ago—six to be exact—on a flight to the west coast. Remarkable things were manifesting. I was about to be face-to-face with celebrated authors and luminaries whom I’d admired through their books, beliefs and numerous Oprah …

Life’s a Peach: Darling Magazine Peach Upside-Down Cake

If you aren’t familiar with Darling Magazine, you should be. They are absolutely lovely. There are not many media sources who are portraying women in such a positive, optimistic and thoughtful way. Their goal is to inspire and empower rather than mold and influence. I feel it goes without saying …