His pudgy fingers wrap themselves around my strands of hair, hold on tightly and pull. ...
It began with bad timing. I wasn’t looking for a dinner revolution any more than ...
Over three years ago I wrote a post about non-toy gifts. It was a *hint ...
I am so tired of being Hey girled. I’m tired of my Facebook friends turning ...
Dear Firstborn, I can’t believe in a few weeks you will become a big sibling. ...
I’m laying in bed at 4:30am when a paw scratches across my face. Our eight-month-old ...
My name is Jenna and I’m a self-proclaimed SCRUNCHY MAMA. I’m not crunchy enough to ...
It’s every working mom’s dream. It’s a right of passage. In truth, it’s an occasion ...
One of the first couples I ever had the pleasure of photographing in 2007 were two lovely people named Natalie and Nathan. I was 25 at the time and had been married for three years, so I was young and still in the honeymoon stages of marriage. I still believed that weddings were fairy tales, […]
The week has been long and hectic, and you know it’s going to be a struggle to add one more thing to your plate. It sure seemed like a good idea at the time, RSVP’ing to another birthday party. But then you realized you had to wade through the trenches of hell (aka Toys”R”Us – […]
Summers on the lake are a great way to spend a childhood – or a lifetime. Sailing is a sport that offers everything from relaxing cruises with romantic sunsets, to intensive racing with friendly regatta parties. Our summer youth Sail Camp offers a fun and informal setting for children ages 8-16 to learn how to […]
“Your face is the first thing people see about you. Shouldn’t you take care of it?” This was a post about a skincare regimen one of my Facebook friends was selling. Her products sounded magical: they promised to make skin softer and younger looking, remove dark spots and blemishes, and treat fine lines and wrinkles. […]
“Stop touching your shoelaces.” I say this sentence every morning, like a robot during morning meeting. I see 16 sweet sleepy eyes looking back at me and I know they just want something to fidget with while we sing our morning songs and share our happy thoughts for the day. In kindergarten it’s a daily thing. […]
AICL celebrates the life of the mind, and we’ve seen too many bright, interesting kids who don’t necessarily fit well in a traditional school model. That’s why we don’t limit ourselves to only inviting campers who’ve been classified as gifted. Instead, we call our campers motivated! Our classes offer specialization and individualized instruction unavailable outside […]
If you’ve read my previous post, you’ll know I’m not a fan of smartphones for kids. There is serious danger when we hand kids immediate access to EVERYTHING and it’s been proven that their brains aren’t mature enough to handle that kind of stimulation. But this post won’t go into that. If you are curious […]
Easter is a holiday with so many sweet traditions. There are things my sister and I did as children that I still remember fondly to this day. I remember the egg hunts with freshly dyed eggs that the dog would try to eat before we found them, the pretty new dresses, the Easter brunches and family. […]
“They say life is sweeter, behind the telephoto lens of fame. But ‘round here you get just as much attention cheering at the high school football game…” Seymour, Tennessee in the late 1990s resembled more of an accident caused by Knoxville’s overgrowth than a planned town. When my mom and I moved there to re-join […]
The legendary Frank Zappa once said “So many books, so little time” and I couldn’t agree more. Growing up, my sisters and I could always be found with our nose in a book. Something I miss the most from my “past life” (pre-kids) was spending hours at the pool, on the porch or in the […]
These White Chocolate-Dipped Lucky Charms Treats are the perfect snack to make with help from kids for St. Patrick’s Day and it only takes four ingredients to make them! It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! My family doesn’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but I do like to make themed treats for holidays. My mom always […]
I am exhausted. My son turned five this weekend and we had two birthday parties to attend. I have talked to twenty-two people in two days between the parties we attended. Tomorrow is my son’s actual birthday, which also marks the start of t-ball and conveniently spring break without childcare. (Although I had that […]