Gretchen has lived in Colorado since she was 12 and never wants to leave. She has an eleven year old son who is into sports, especially football. Together, they are navigating the tween world of puberty and middle school. She has a wonderful husband, having been surprised and blessed with a second chance at love. Their family enjoys playing board games, watching Avengers movies, and sharing dumb jokes over good food. In her free time, she loves to read, shop for purses, play games, watch football, laugh with her family, cook delicious food and dream of the next home improvement project.

You’re So Old Fashioned: Timeless Teachings for our Kids

I recently came across a list of 40 things that today's kids need to learn. I read through the list and it got me thinking about the stuff I have taught my son or...

Blast from the Past Movies

We’re all staying home a lot more lately, and we’re constantly on the lookout for fun activities to do as a family. Grab the Pop Rocks and Runts to enjoy these classic movies from...

“Mom, I Have a Question…” Talking with Your Kids About Sex

Be available. Make sure that you have time to talk with your kids. If they ask something that needs time, make the time. Schedule a special time to talk, go out to eat or talk a walk together. These conversations matter. If they don't get the information from you, they'll get it somewhere.

Sleep Tips for Anxious Kids

My son has been the worst sleeper since the day he was born. I remember being in the hospital with him. When I laid him in the bassinet, he cried incessantly. He wouldn’t sleep;...

More Than Just a Bike

In April 2019, my excited sixth grader told me about a new club starting at his middle school: a bike club. Every week, the club would gather after school to take a ride around...

My Favorite Two-Player Board Games for Couples

One of our family hobbies is playing board games. But sometimes, it’s fun to play games with just me and my husband. It’s a meaningful way to spend time together doing something we both...

Cutting Carbs: My Best Tips for Getting on the Keto Train

If you’ve been anywhere on the internet in the past couple of years, you’ve most likely heard of the keto diet. Often portrayed as the eat-nothing-but-butter-and-bacon diet, it’s extremely popular with everyone from your...

The Beauty is Found in the Breaking

Have you ever seen a boulder opal? They are found only in Australia, and form in the cracks, hollows and fissures of ironstone. The brownish, dark color of the ironstone contrasts the full opalescence...
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That Co-Parenting Life: Feeling a Bit Like a Spectator

I lead two different lives. So does my son.  I have a life with my son and a life without my son. And my son has a life at my house and a life at...
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All Oiled Up: My New Oil-Based Skincare Routine

I’ve always had very sensitive skin that is prone to irritation and dryness. Living in Colorado's extremely dry climate doesn't help! Facial cleansing products often left my skin red and inflamed, feeling tight and...