• Family,  Health and Wellness,  Parenting

    Brown Bag November Challenge

    For the last few years I have been on a journey toward minimalism. Probably not the “over-the-top-only-own-one-chair-and-a-lamp” type, but I want to keep my earthly possessions to a minimum for sure. I always say “all this stuff could burn up in a fire tomorrow and we would carry on with our lives and be fine.” So, last November I started thinking about how much unnecessary stuff we had accumulated over the year and how Christmas was coming and we were going to get more stuff than we could imagine. 🎄I could feel the walls closing in on me. I don’t want to deprive my children of having nice Christmas memories…

  • Family,  Parenting

    Neighbor Best Friends Forever

    As my daughter approaches the “tween” stage, I have noticed that every glimmer of childlike play has become precious and savored. Every time she plays outside with the neighbor kids could be the last time she is ever interested in doing so. Now, I promise you, I did not squander the moments of her childhood away, but there must have been moments where the mundane act of riding her bike or throwing a ball with a neighbor boy lost lustre in my eyes. Her childhood flew by so. Darn. Fast! My oldest child has taught and is still teaching me so much in my motherhood journey. She helps me be…

  • Family,  Parenting

    A Reader in Bloom

    SuperSnap has come such a long way in her reading. I have a hard time relating because I LOVED to read and tested out of HIGH SCHOOL in reading when I was a first grader. 😳 (no one knows how I even learned, it was a TOTAL mystery) 🤷‍♀️ So, when my brilliant and beautiful daughter proclaimed that she didn’t enjoy reading, I scraped and scrapped every possible avenue to help her enjoy reading. I tried everything. Reading reward charts, incentives, silly stories, reading to dogs…The only thing I couldn’t properly manufacture at home was REAL peer competition, an obvious struggle for a rural homeschooling family. This kid thrives on…

  • Family,  Parenting,  Travel/Vacation

    Flatwoods Park and Wetlands

    This Labor Day we took the chance to spend some family time together having a small picnic and nature walk at Flatwoods Park and Wetlands in Ellettsville IN. There is a nice playground, covered picnic shelters, restroom and guided/paved hiking trail. This was easy to take a stroller along with sleeping baby. The paths are dotted with informational signs explaining the wetlands. Not that my kids cared, they were more into the benches and resting spots. Haha. We found some nice leaves 🍁 Hard to believe they are already starting to turn colors and fall. It’s nice to take the kids away from the screens and noise to spend some…

  • Family,  Parenting,  Travel/Vacation

    Baby Snap is ONE!

    My LAST baby has turned one. I will never again have an infant of my very own, and surprisingly, i’m OK with this. BabySnap was a MAJOR blindside, but she has been a great addition to our family. She is so precious and good natured. I mean, she is always being the picturesque, cute baby. We will often find her sitting quietly, sweetly holding a baby doll or teddy bear. She is so sweet that it’s ridiculous. haha! We had a big family party for her (and her big sis) this past weekend, but today we decided to celebrate her on her physical birthday by taking a trip to the…

  • Family,  Parenting

    Build-A-Bear and CHILL

    So, Build-A-Bear is like, this magical DIY toy store that children of today are blessed with. We didn’t have BAB when I was a kid, not that I would’ve ever been allowed to step foot into their store because we were poor as beans and I was a total spazz who would’ve undoubtedly knocked over a display of teddy bear roller skates while practicing my cartwheels in the store trying to get “discovered” by a talent scout…anywho. Some kids get to go, and that’s a total blast for them. (Hip-Hip-Hooray!) Today, this magical toy store decided to offer a super cool special. They called it “Pay Your Age Day.” This…

  • Family,  Parenting

    Welcome to Momma Snaps Back

    Hello World! I’m starting a blog! Finally, right? Well, Folks (otherwise known as all my friends and family from social media and church) have been telling me for years that my life is so crazy, so beautiful, so hopelessly distressed that I should DEFINITELY write about it. Well, “Folks”, here you go! MommaSnapsBack, is born today! She came into the world kicking and screaming at a whopping 10 lbs and 21 inches long. We all have high hopes for her. 🙂 The “MommaSnapsBack” thing is truly near and dear to my heart for many reasons, which I will now bore you with, but please stick with me. You probably know…