Raising Princesses 👑 {& WIN tickets to see Beauty & the Beast!! 🌹}

Raising Princesses 👑 {& WIN tickets to see Beauty & the Beast!! 🌹}

*I want to preface this by saying that I understand that not everyone will agree with my parenting & religious views. That’s fine! If you don’t agree, just move along and please refrain from commenting.*  Any parent can tell you that raising daughters in today’s society is downright terrifying. The way that women are portrayed, marketed to, lied to, shamed… it’s hard to find your feet at all, let alone stand tall. Right now, my daughters are little — precious things only 9 and 6 years old. So I definitely don’t have it ‘all figured out’. But I did want to share some of the Read More

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When We Let Kids Do Things {with FREE printable!!}

Do your kids ever say, “That’s not fair! ______ gets to ______!” Then you respond with the typical parent response, “You’ll get to when you’re his age!” But is that really true? Honestly? I don’t know about you, but I have about ten million thoughts in my head at any given time. The last thing I can remember is how old little Johnny was when he lost his first tooth, or got to stay up until 8 p.m., or get his first cell phone. So what did I do to keep track of it all? I bet you can guess. I made a chart. Now, Read More

Encouraging Kids to Eat Healthy (with FREE printable food pyramid!) ~ Our Cozy Den

Encouraging Kids to Eat Healthy (with FREE printable food pyramid!)

I was getting fed up. My kids were asking me for food constantly, and my response was always, “What did you already eat today?” Then they would list foods, while I dissect which food groups they were lacking. Then I would make a few snack suggestions. It got old, and it took up a lot of my time. But I also didn’t want them to have free reign on snacks, because they would choose carbs about 150% of the time. So I decided that we needed individual food pyramids that they could use to track their daily intake. All of the food pyramids I could Read More

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Modesty in a Skinful World

Over the years, my opinions on modesty and clothing appropriateness have evolved. I’ve said it before, but I wasn’t raised in a Christian household. In fact, my morals as a teenager were pretty much nonexistent. From a young age (about 12), I dressed very scantily and I was seeking attention. I loved to feel “sexy”, and I liked the way that people looked at me. It wasn’t until I was about 20 that I realized the correlation between the way I looked and the way people treated me. I was getting attention from boys who wanted too much, because I looked like I was willing Read More

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Adventures in Potty Training

Potty training is my LEAST favorite part of parenting. It is so frustrating, sitting there in the bathroom for 20 or 30 looooong minutes begging your child to just pee. Connor and Lia were both trained right at age 2 1/2. But they continued to have accidents for quite a while afterward. (And I’m not talking months here. Connor still had accidents until age 6 and Lia still pees herself at age 5. It makes me want to scream.) With Sophie, I felt like such a slacker waiting until her 3rd birthday. It was the day after she turned 3 that we put some underwear Read More