Parenting with a PhD: Separation Anxiety and Your Kindergartener

Your new kindergartener is facing her first year of formal schooling with a mix of excitement and dread. As are you. In fact, he may cycle through the highs and lows 50 times in the span of one minute: looking forward to being in “big boy school,” hoping for a nice teacher, feeling terrified of ... Read More

Think Outside the Gym: Stand Up Paddle Board

By Erin Holtz: As a busy mom I am always on the go. Rushing from place to place and squeezing in a workout whenever I can. As I eat standing up at the kitchen counter while I am feeding my son, the dogs, and my husband I am always trying to think of ways to ... Read More

Back to School Bucket List for Moms

You made it! Summer 2017 is thisclose to being in the books and you’re still standing. The house, might be a different story, but now that their Summer Bucket List is complete, how about a list of things for you now that the little darlings are headed back to school. Brunch! Brunch with your best ... Read More

The Beauty of Basic Invite

If there’s anything my wonderfully southern Grandmother, Mama Lil, taught me, it’s to send a card for every occasion. And if there’s anything any southern lady knows it’s that you’ve got to have the right colors. To quote Shelby in Steel Magnolias “my colors are blush and bashful”. The right shade is important. That’s why, ... Read More

5 Back to School Book Recommendations

From the Children’s Department of the North Shelby Library All of these books are available to checkout at the North Shelby Library! All you need is a Shelby County Library card. A new school year can be exciting and scary for children, help ease some of those back to school jitters with some of these ... Read More

Parenting with a PhD: School Year Routine

Sorry to get all real-world on you but it’s almost time for Back to School. The up-side: your days of having kids run through the house screaming from sun-up to sun-down or coordinating crazy camp drop-off and pick-up schedules that change every week are numbered. The down-side: it’s almost time to start back to a ... Read More

Think Outside the Gym: On the Go Workouts for Moms – The Playground

Most people would consider a playground as a place for kids to run out some of their energy. But why can’t it be a place where adults can fit in a quick workout while watching their kids play? Playgrounds have all kinds of fun equipment to use including monkey bars, benches, ropes, seesaws, slides, and ... Read More

Date Your Kids: 7 Ideas for One on One Time with your Child

I love the idea of dating my kids. Honestly it’s not something I do near enough, but find it to be a special time that allows them some one on one attention, that is so very important and rare in our hectic schedules. My goal is to try and schedule at least 1 one-on-one night/afternoon ... Read More

10 Books That Teach Kids About Their Feelings

We have all heard parents talk about the “terrible twos” or having a “threenager.” Some of the biggest contributors to this phase of toddler life are the emotions that the children feel and the fact that children don’t understand how to express them appropriately. Emotions can be confusing because toddlers don’t have the words they need to ... Read More

Think Outside the Gym: On the Go Workouts for Moms – The Beach

By: Erin Holtz Summer is Here! Everyone will be traveling for vacations to get away and unplug. While on vacation most of us tend to take in a few extra calories from foods and drinks that we normally don’t get in our diet. And our normal workouts get thrown off while we are away from ... Read More