• Decluttering the kitchen. A series of pictures depicting a clutter-free and organized kitchen.

    Decluttering the Kitchen

    Decluttering the kitchen was the focus of the first week of my New Year Declutter Plan. If you are just joining the decluttering fun I recommend reading the link above to get your own copy of the New Year Declutter Plan. Declutter the Kitchen The kitchen is often cited as being the heart of the home. The kitchen is where the vast majority of a family’s time is spent. Whether it is preparing a meal, sharing a meal, or simply cleaning up the dishes together, the kitchen is where the people are. Because the kitchen is often the place where so many gather, it easily collects all the things. From…

  • The Well Planned Mama new year declutter plan for a messy house

    The New Year Declutter Plan

    I love a good declutter. It makes my soul so calm to rid our homes of excess stuff! There is just something about heading into a new year that motivates people to find a declutter plan and get their homes in order! If you have ever been near an Ikea in the first months of the year, you know what I mean. An organized home is as sought after as a healthy body when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Now that the cozy holidays are behind us, people all around are ready to roll into the new year with a fresh slate and that includes a decluttered and organized…

  • Climbing out of the chaos

    10 Tips for Finding a New Normal

    If you had asked me three months ago if I felt like I had it together, I would have probably told you that I felt like I did most of the time. My life wasn’t in picture-perfect order, but overall I felt like I created a life with just enough organization that I wasn’t usually blindsided by anything. In fact, I will admit I prided myself on my ability to prepare for situations. Then Things Changed But then things changed. The addition of our newest little babe was wonderful and magical but also unexpectedly difficult. Our sweet little girl came into the world ready and wanting to nurse, but we…

  • VBAC birth story part two

    Birth Story of Baby Amelia Part Two

    Read part one here. Just before 4 am the Hubs and I said farewell to my mom and our sleeping babies and loaded up into the car. We texted my doula and called my doctor and let them know we were on our way to the hospital. For all you mamas that have labored in the car, you can attest to the fact that IT. BLOWS! The 25ish minutes it took to get the hospital were excruciating! Sitting was not comfortable and my contractions were coming every 3-4 minutes. We didn’t have time to remove Ellery’s rear-facing car seat and couldn’t lay the seat back. We arrived at the hospital…

  • VBAC birth story

    My Healing VBAC Baby Birth Story – Part One

    I can hardly believe that the healing VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) birth of our littlest love was over eight weeks ago?! Where, oh where, does time go. The truth is three kiddos has me all sorts of busy! But none the less, we are here and I am excited to share our story. It has been a whirlwind of incredible proportions these last eight weeks. We have been soaking up all that is our newest addition and working to settle into a new routine as a family of five. Wanting Something Different To get a better understanding of what led me to the journey of a VBAC birth, read…

  • Weekly Check-in Plan for busy moms

    How a Weekly Check-in System Can Help a Busy Mom

    As a busy mom, it can be frustrating trying to find time to get everything done. Often times it can feel like hours in the day passes without us even realizing. Before long it can feel like our to-do list is out of control. Forgetting to Get Things Done More than once I have found myself in the following situation: It is the middle of the night, I should be sleeping. Instead, I find myself going over a list of things I meant to do either that day or even a week ago but somehow never got to it. Somethings are important such as checking up on finances while others…

  • Birth trauma and the emotional aftermath

    Birth Trauma and Post-Partum Emotions

    Birth trauma is an area of motherhood that often goes undiscussed and unacknowledged. The old saying has always been “a healthy baby is all that matters”, but is it truly ALL that matters? Today’s post is a bit rawer than you might be used to seeing around here, but none the less, I think it is important to be open about my own birth trauma story. My Own Story of Birth Trauma Our beautiful middle child was born via an urgent c-section. This procedure occurred in order to save her life after she stopped moving for reasons that weren’t apparent until we were into surgery. We learned during surgery, that…

  • Hospital packing list

    Tips for Packing for the Hospital From a Mom of Three

    Preparing for Arrival The time is officially here! It feels like we have been counting down to this little one’s arrival for much longer than 9 months! I am excited to share with you my hospital packing list! We’ve checked almost everything off our Bringing Home Baby Checklist, and now it is time to get our hospital bags ready. Learning from Past Pregnancies Both of my previous babies were born in the hospital and if things go as planned, our newest will be as well. Knowing that you are going to be away from your home and place of comfort can make you feel like you need to pack everything.…

  • 9 months pregnant

    9 Months Pregnant Bumpdate

    We are officially 9 months pregnant and into the home stretch of our little lady’s development. It has not become a waiting game to see what day she will choose for her birthday. Baby Update: Our littlest lady is doing great. She is as active as ever and as of yesterday dropped, letting us know she is getting closer to picking a birthday. Mama Feeling Physically: I must admit that I am ready to have this baby! I am to the point in pregnancy where I uncomfortable more often than not. My feet and hands have started their end of pregnancy swelling and I feel like a giant water balloon.…

  • Bring home baby checklist

    Easy Bringing Home Baby Checklist

    It is hard for me to believe that we are only a few short weeks away from bringing home baby! This summer is very literally flying by! The last time we welcomed a baby into our home was three years ago! And while it might not seem like that long ago, I feel like a new mom all over again. At that time we were living in a one-story ranch home and had a newly two-year-old toddler. So needless to say there wasn’t much of a “shock” with the new baby. We were pretty used to diaper changing and nursing. For this little one though, we are in a position…