Adrienne, Senior Writer

Adrienne is a Colorado native and would not want to live anywhere else! She spends her days juggling the many demands of three sons, and her school-age daughter. When she is not busy deciphering the perplexing young boy brain, or trying to please her diva daughter, you will most likely find her nose in a book, or writing. She loves encouraging her fellow parents in their journey. Recently she has begun a new career as a Real Estate Broker with Colorado Home Finder Realty and is definitely enjoying the roller coaster ride. She also loves finding great happy hour places with her husband, Shawn, and acting young and sometimes crazy with friends! She does not spend enough time outdoors (unless forced to) and comes up with any excuse to put off cleaning her chaotic house. She is very grateful for her completely imperfect life.

Parenthood, Part Two: A Splash of Pink Among the Stink

I was surprised with my first pregnancy in college and gave birth to my son, Keyan, when I was 20 years old. My journey into parenthood was further cemented when I had my son,...

The Holidays Don’t Have to be Perfect to be Memorable

I will look at a frozen pie crust in the store, and think to myself, "Why buy one, when it is so easy to make one?" Yes, it may be easy to make one, but when I am trying to do that and a million other things on a timeline, it's not easy! Experience has taught me that my four children, and my husband, will see that I am busy and will choose that time to ask for things. I will feel stressed and annoyed simply because they are breathing.
Identity as a mom

Hey Kids… I’m a Person Too! Reclaiming Your Identity When You’re a Mom

My mom is and was an awesome mom. She has always gone out of her way to show her support, love, and to make sure we are spoiled on occasion. I have no complaints about the type of mom she is. Except one. My mom was and is so wrapped up in her identity as a mom to myself and my three siblings that she has lost herself.

Weight Loss My Way: Happy Hormones

I wasn't content with the idea that just because my age had expanded, my waistline had to! For months, I thought it would just be a matter of watching what I ate and being more active. Guess what? The scale refused to move.

My Doctor Let Me Down About Weight Loss

 I've struggled with my weight ever since my senior year of high school. For this, I blame working at Burger King. Fresh french fries on demand and creamy milkshakes are not good for anyone's waistline....

A New Perspective: Finding “Purpose” Is Different from Finding “Busy”

I have been here before. At one point, before my daughter came along, all three of my boys were in school at once. I didn't like it. I treasured the disappearance of the sibling WWF rounds and the cries of "I'm bored." Or "I'm starved." But between those bits of relief, I felt empty. Like I had lost my purpose.
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Reflections On My Long Parenting Journey

This year marks an important milestone in my life. It has now been 20 years since I've had the honor and the huge responsibility of being called "mom." As I reflect back on this long...
you do not need to share everything with your spouse

Couples Do Not Need to Share Everything

A couple of weeks ago a group of friends and I were discussing our marriages. We have all been married in spans ranging from 5-17 years. The topic came up as to whether or...

The Art of Faking It (My Favorite Homemaking Hacks)

I have a confession to make. I abhor cleaning my house. I love the smell and the feel of a freshly cleaned house. However, that status is almost impossible to attain. I am scrubbing away...