7 Reasons We No Longer Embrace The ‘No-Gifts Birthday Party’

Guest Post By Colorado Wedding Photographer, Chris Loring Our son will be 6 in September. For his birthday parties, we have always told guests that their presence in his life was a gift, and that showering him with toys was simply not necessary, nor was it expected.  We encouraged guests to simply come and enjoy themselves and for the most part his birthday parties have been free of colorful wrappings and bows and bags. To be honest, we felt great about this. In theory, it’s a noble principle: make children's birthday parties about friends and family, not about gifts or acquiring new things. In some way, we also believed that it was a play against commercialism and the acquisition of piles of meaningless, quickly-forgotten things. I’ve read so many well-meaning articles on this topic; my gut reaction [...]

By | July 30th, 2017|Family, Home Life, Kids|

How Being A Germaphobe Is Making Your Family Sick (Guest Post By The Hippie Dippie Mom)

Hand sanitizer hooked on the diaper bag. Spare hand sanitizer inside the purse or car. Wipes for the hands, wipes for the nose, wipes for the pacifier. Antibacterial soap in every bathroom. "Don't pick that up off the floor!" "Don't get dirty!" Raise your hand if this is you! That was definitely me when I was a new mom! So many moms I know are total germaphobes. Being a Registered Nurse, I was one too. There's a policy at the hospital I work at that states I have to carry the approved brand of hand sanitizer on me at all times while I'm clocked in. We've been taught that being germ free is key to not getting sick. Then, I learned that being too clean can be harmful to health. People actually have more bacterial cells than [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|Family, Health, Kids|

My Journey To Becoming A #MOMBOSS Entrepreneur (Podcast)

Listen to this podcast to hear about my journey to becoming a mom entrepreneur. It was a CRAZY journey, and something that I felt called to throughout my life. It first started for me as child of small business owners, developed during college and then became a reality when I was FIRED from my first real world job. Hear about it all in the podcast. I hope you can connect and can relate to my story, because few people know exactly what they want to do with their lives. It's a process, a journey and a calling.

By | May 10th, 2017|Emotional Struggle, Work Life, Work-Life Balance|

6 Ways To Deal With Anger While Parenting

Some days I just snap. I don't know what it is that officially puts me over the limit, but I have a hard time dealing with anger as a parent sometimes. I can't tell if it's a mix of frustration, exhaustion, busyness, depression or what, but some days are not very pleasant in our house. I would imagine juggling trying to work and parent adds to the intensity of the stress level. I am also feisty too, so I am sure that doesn't help. I didn't officially come from an Italian family but I sure feel Italian sometimes. As a mom, I wonder why I often get pushed to my limits when I love my kids so much. I feel like I'm pretty patient most of the time, but when something gets me fired up it's hard to take [...]

By | April 27th, 2017|Emotional Struggle, Family, Home Life, Kids|

Love/Hate Relationship With Being A Working Mom

There are days I thank my lucky stars I’m a working mom. Like those days when my kids wake up on the wrong side of the bed and I hand them over to grandma and say "good luck" as I dash back to my car, running late for my first meeting. But then that same day, I may get a text from grandma with my daughter’s face full of spaghetti and I think about all those sweet moments I’m missing and my heart breaks a little. This is the life of a working mom. It’s up and down, a constant emotional roller coaster. I ride the high of being able to talk to an adult every single day, a luxury many stay at home moms don’t have. I can also eat lunch at my own pace [...]

By | April 20th, 2017|Emotional Struggle, Family, Kids, Work Life, Work-Life Balance|

Why You Need A Laundry Fairy

Part of becoming a successful entrepreneur is knowing what your skills are and what they aren't. I remember hearing a statistic a long time ago, that you should spend 80% of your time on the things you are good at, and 20% of your time on the things that are challenging for you. This can translate into your personal or professional life so easily! You most likely won't start a company doing something that you hate, or stay in a job long doing things that are unnatural for you. Having awareness that something might not be a good fit is so key in life so you are not constantly spinning your wheels trying to be someone you're not or do something that you will never be talented at doing. Of course there are things that we [...]

By | April 13th, 2017|Family, Home Life, Household Chores, Work-Life Balance|

Meet Erica Uzpen // Director of Nursing At The Larimer County Jail

Name: Erica Uzpen Occupation: Director of Nursing at the Larimer County Jail Duty Description: The director of nursing assists with day to day operations of the jail medical department. The Larimer County Jail holds 500-600 inmates and we provide 24 hour, around the clock nursing care. I supervise approximately 24 medical staff members. I am also the CPR trainer for the medical department, having recently obtained my CPR instructor certification thru the American Red Cross. How long have you been there: I have worked at the Larimer County Jail since September 2010. I have been the director of nursing since October 30th, 2016. Tell us about your family and kids: I am a mom to three spirited kids. Ashlynn is 15 years old and a freshman in high school. She participates in choir and is working on dog [...]

6 STEPS TO CREATE BANGIN’ TO-DO LISTS (Free Template Included)

When it comes to actually getting work done, my focus can be rather sporadic sometimes. That's why I really need to create simple to-do lists often. I attribute it to #mombrain, because I have about 1/8 of my brain with two children compared to when I was a young single living the dream with little to no responsibility. I will often start answering emails, and then something else I need to do pops into my head and I completely lose focus and jump to another task (that’s how this blog post was made!). When I am about half way through that new task, a completely new to-do pops in my head. It’s really hard not to stray and just start doing something else. It’s like that movie “Up,” where the dog is talking the old man and [...]

5 Steps For Taking Self-Portraits With Your DSLR (VIDEO Included)

One of the saddest parts about being a mom is that I rarely make it into my family photos. Even worse, I'm a photographer so I should have more pictures of myself because I have access to a camera and a lot of photographer friends, but there is always an excuse. I always feel too chubby (especially 3 months after having a 2nd baby!), my hair never does what I want, I can never find the right clothes; there is always SOMETHING. You would think us moms were extinct? Am I right here? Well you know what, there actually is something we CAN and SHOULD do about this. Just get in those pictures moms! Push past how uncomfortable you feel. Your kids want to remember you when they're older, so just let [...]

By | April 6th, 2017|DIY Stuff, Family, Home Life, Kids, Marketing, Photography, Work Life|

Meet Nicole Ketchum // Owner Of Chandelier By NK // A Party + Home Decor Company

Name: Nicole Ketchum Business Name: Chandelier By NK Business Description: I run an acrylic party and home decor company. How long have owned your business: Since 2014 How many kids do you have: 1 girl, 2.5 yr old, Talulah "Lulu." She's in the photo with the yellow octopus! What’s your daily schedule typically like: I get up at 5:45 am, shower and drink coffee and get ready for the morning. Lulu is up at 7, and we have breakfast and then I do emails and work from 8-9. Then from 9 to 1:30, it's all Lulu until her nap. I do the naptime hustle and work from 1:30-3:30. Then I make dinner, work again from 5:30-7, eat dinner with my husband at 7:30 and either work more, or relax. Phew! I do get the gym in, and [...]

By | April 4th, 2017|Creative, Featured Mommies, Home Life, Retail, Work Life|
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