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This morning, my three year old daughter said, “We are a community and we communicate.” After being blown away by her intelligence and introspection, I realized how right she was.

We are a community of moms, dads, kids, grandparents, friends, co-workers, supporters, leaders, professionals, drinking buddies, and party throwers!

We most certainly communicate quite a lot about everything from toddler tantrums to school supplies to the best place to get sushi. And more than anything, we’ve got each others’ backs.

That was very clear yesterday when I asked for prayers on our community Facebook page and received close to 50 responses right away. Some were from people I don’t even know. And many asked me how I was doing today. The prayers worked.

There’s nothing like having a large group of people in your corner. You may not know all of them well, but if you need them, there is no question. The circle will close around you.

When the circles closes around me, I know I am home.



Ergobaby Original Baby Carrier Giveaway


Sponsored by Babies”R”Us & What to Expect.com

Hosted by Amy & Aron’s Real Life Reviews

Co-hosted by Stellar Manic Mommy and Momma Without a Clue

Babies”R”Us’s annual Love-It list, in partnership with go-to baby resource, What to Expect.com, is an annual guide for parents to simplify their baby registry needs. Winner of a “Moms Love-It” Award, the  Ergobaby Original Baby Carrier is a must-have for all babies!

These innovative baby carriers include mom-approved safety and security features, with adjustable padded shoulder straps and waist belt, a large zippered storage pocket, and an adjustable hood that keeps baby shielded at all times.



  • Cradles baby in an ergonomic, natural sitting position
  • Designed to distribute baby’s weight between your hips and shoulders
  • Offers three carry positions: front, back and hip
  • 100% cotton shell and lining with reinforced stitching at the fabric intersections for durability
  • Shoulder strap is padded with 1″ thick, high-density PU foam for comfort
  • Adjustable hood helps shield your child from the elements
  • Large, zippered storage pocket helps keep essential items handy
  • Machine washable
  • Waist belt circumference range: 26″ – 55″
  • Shoulder strap length range: 24″ – 44″
  • Baby weight range: 7* – 45 lbs. (*Newborn with infant insert, sold separately)

The Ergobaby baby carrier is a staple with respected celeb parents globally, including Gwen Stefani, Orlando Bloom and Natalie Portman, to name a few. For more information on the Ergobaby Original Baby Carrier, check this out.

For your chance to win your own Ergobaby Original Baby Carrier, check out this awesome giveaway!

Disclosure: Amy & Aron’s Real Life Reviews, Stellar Manic Mommy, Momma Without a Clue, nor any other participating bloggers received compensation for sharing this giveaway. 


Busy Bags and Marvelous Moms



What fun we had today! I hosted a ‘Busy Bags’ event at my house and as much as I procrastinated and cussed at myself for not really putting my best foot forward, I am so thankful to have been a part of this.

For those of you not in the mommy, play date, toddler phase of life, here’s what we did. We each found an 
activity, most likely from Pinterest or a mommy blog. We created and assembled the parts for said activity in 10 sets. We announced our choice of activity to avoid duplicates. Then we came together with our kids and shared our creations. These activities are designed to keep the child ‘busy’ learning about colors, numbers, etc. and using fine motor skills. BRILLIANT!

My immediate thought after receiving nine awesome busy bags: If we kept this up on a regular basis, we might never have to go to a toy store again! The problem with that is the time consumption. It does take time to decide on your activity, buy the materials, assemble the materials, and make 10 sets.

But my overall feeling about this type of event brings to mind the African proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ How cool is it that we all took the time, money, energy, and creative thinking to do this for each other’s kids? I, for one, feel honored and proud.

I think these pictures of my daughter after the ‘party’ say it all. She had to be so patient to wait until all the kids left to try her new games. But she was amazing. I loved watching her discover, learn, play, and celebrate.

Thanks village mamas! Let’s do it again sometime.




girl in field

“Mommy, get the ants off me!”

My daughter was bitten by fire ants.She stood still in the middle of the ant hill and yelled “Mommy, get the ants off me!”. Luckily, she didn’t have a horrible reaction. We acted fast and treated it quickly. And when I say ‘we’, it means the other mothers who came to her rescue. And then there was me. I distinctly remember saying, “What do I do?”

Immediately, my first thought was that I do not know any professionals like these Louisiana exterminators who could check my house for an infestation. I mean I’ve seen fire ants in my home in the past too, and I’m a bit concerned that this could turn into a full-blown infestation if I’m not proactive about the situation. If I cannot find exterminators I might check out the pest guide or the ant guides to see what the recommended course of action is before it’s too late. I don’t want an incident like this to happen again. Worst case, I’ll hire someone like www.pestscontroledinburgh.co.uk to take care of them.

Mothers who are 10-20 years younger constantly humble me, and have been mothers longer than me. They know what they’re talking about and they teach me so much. It was never my intention to wait until the age of 44 to have a baby, but that’s what happened. God had a plan and now I get it.

Age doesn’t tell the whole story in a lot of ways. Wisdom has many faces. Common sense comes from many places. Kindness is innate. And a mother’s instinct is priceless.

Thanks, smart moms. You are my teachers.