Amanda and her husband have three young kids. She is a mostly-stay- at-home- mom, who loves farmhouses, hot cocoa, sprinkles, and Shakespeare. She enjoys reading, writing, baking and creating beautiful cakes (and eating them!), and being outside.

7 Best Picnic Spots in Colorado Springs

In Colorado Springs, we are blessed with some of the most gorgeous scenery in the country and more sunny days than anyone could decently ask for. One of the greatest ways for families with little ones...

Raising Competent and Confident Kids

Our parenting culture is obsessed with instilling confidence in our children and figuring out how to raise confident kids. The effects of this have been much discussed and debated, but I think it comes...

What I Won’t Resolve in 2017

2016 was rough. It dealt me a few unexpected blows and left me a little bruised and battle weary. I'm not the same woman I was when I entered 2016, but I'm not sure that I...

Trying to Do the Best We Can: The Truth about Moms

When I became a mom at 23, I fell madly in love-with my son and with motherhood. It was so exhilarating to have work to do that I adored so much. I loved the...

The Problem with Pretty

My daughter is beautiful. I should know, I am her mother! And as her mom, I want to tell her so, constantly! When I look at her, in all of her unique wonderfulness, I...

The One Thing We Can Do

Mommas, I have a confession to make. I like things to be kind of, well, perfect. And by things, I mean everything. I like everything to be perfect. And I have one more confession to make....

How to Mother a Fancy Nancy

Full disclosure here: I have absolutely no experience in being a mother to a Fancy Nancy. But I have learned a few things from being on the other end of the equation. You see,...
A Lesson In Respect

A Lesson in Respect

Imagine, for a moment, that you are in a public place with your toddler (who has most definitely been taught to be kind and polite) when suddenly he begins to laugh. You look down...