Amber was born and raised in the beautiful state of Colorado. She grew up in Rockrimmon until she was 9, when her family moved to the eastern plains of Colorado until she was 17. At 17, Amber came back to Colorado Springs and stayed put. She married her favorite guy in 2008 and settled on the east side of Colorado Springs. Amber is mother to two sweet, rambunctious girls. Amber’s two girls share her love of being outdoors, comic books, and Harry Potter. Amber enjoys reading to her girls (and to herself), listening to and telling life stories with friends, and getting outside to enjoy our beautiful state.
Dear Santa

Dear Santa… From a Mom

Dear Santa, This year, could you please not put any of those cute tiny toys in my stocking? They always end up in the trash within three days. I suspect trash trucks have 90...

My Expectations of Being a Stay-at-Home Mom

In June of this year, I did a big thing. I quit my full-time, outside-of-home job. I knew being a stay-at-home mom would be a big change for me, but the changes were definitely...

Why I Now Ignore the Spider

A large black spider slowly crawled across my living room ceiling. He was difficult to ignore not only because of the contracting white ceiling and black body, but also because of his slow, constant movement. This particularly brave arachnid decided it would be best to crawl across the middle of the ceiling, taunting me with his long legs just out of reach. I shouted, “GROSS!” And the spider suddenly stopped moving. He could hear me. That made me feel like he should probably go. I don’t want a spider spy in my house!

Audiobooks for Your Road Trip Needs!

At one point on our drive, I turned off “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” My sweet little six year old shouted from the backseat, “But mom, what happened to Dumbledore's hand?” Say what?! She was listening to the story this entire time?! Sold. Audiobooks all day! Or at least on road trips.

Making Friends for My Kids

You know a question I'm not a fan of? “Can you please text my friend and ask her if she can come over?” When texting first came out, it was the fast way to communicate....

Parenting During Sports Practices

My girl was four years old, and it was her first spring season of soccer. She had been watching her older sister play for a year, and so she was excited to now show...

Who Is This Kid?

I have these kids completely figured out, and then a few days later they do something that throws me completely off. I, of course, suspect it’s because I don’t spend enough time with my children. It’s because I don’t talk to them enough. It’s because I work full-time out of the home. Of course. But really, it’s just because they’re growing. They are learning the things they like and dislike, the things they feel comfortable with or uncomfortable with. Each situation will be just a little bit new until they figure out exactly who they are.

Why Do You Want To Be Cold, Child?!

What’s with these kids hating coats so much? I remember wrestling my tiny crying baby into her a snowsuit in preparation of the cold outdoors. Those little arms went into the arms holes only to...

Balancing the What Ifs: Trying to Push Past Worry

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I were talking with my cousin and his wife. It came up that my cousin wanted to hike to the Everest base camp. My reaction to...
gift giving

Gift Giving Burdens: Changing the Rules

I don’t have to follow this unspoken rule of this Get a Gift, Give a Gift. It’s the sole reason why I don’t like gift giving. It feels forced and unauthentic. Last year, I decided to break the unspoken rule on a test run. It was marvelous.