Thursday, November 20, 2014

Smile or you die!

What is it about scheduling family pictures that makes the Universe want to open up the gates of Hades and explode every horrible thing all in one day?

I have a handful of days in a year where I reserve the right for my family to look put together. On every other day of the year they can wear hole-y jeans, socks that don't match, ratty t-shirts with slogans or video game characters on them that drive me bonkers, the same damn hoodie they wear every day of their life and their hair looking like they actually TRIED to make it look as terrible as possible.

Friday, November 14, 2014

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart. 
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.


Let's face it. Sometimes your kids' sick days mean they're stuck running errands with you. But that also means yummy treats to sip on!

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in the comments. 

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Friday, November 7, 2014

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart. 
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.


Who needs MTV or VH1 when you've got YouTube? Remember dancing along to videos when you were a kid? I do. Now I get to watch my kid do it. #lifeisgood

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment.

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

3 Secrets to a Successful Birth

If I could share with you just 3 secrets that would help you have a successful birth, would you want to know what they are? Of course you would! You're not going to want to miss these labor tips.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Is a Doula like a Midwife?

People ask me all the time, "So, is a doula like a midwife?" The answer is yes and no.

Doulas are LIKE midwives in the sense we both support women in labor and attend births. But there are also some very big differences.

Hands and Knees Position for Advancing Labor

One of the fanciest tricks a doula has in her doula bag, is her knowledge of how different labor positions can help to ease the pain of labor and also advance the process. It's important to keep moving in labor and change positions often for a several reasons:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

How Biases Affect Your Decisions in Birth

Knowing what you want out of childbirth can be harder than some would imagine. Many mothers just want their birth experience to be good and not bad, but they don't necessarily know what that looks like. I dig deep in The Birth Experience trainings to help parents discover

Friday, October 3, 2014

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.


I love witnessing the relationship between my baby, Alec, and his stepdaddy, my husband Marc. It's a mutual love. Alec has someone to teach him to fight, wrestle, play sports, and in turn, Marc has someone to teach and love. Blending families ain't all that bad after all!

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment.

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Relieving Nausea in Pregnancy

For many women, the first sign they have of pregnancy is the dreaded morning sickness. We've seen the scene in the movies a hundred times. Just when she thinks she's coming down with that stomach bug that's going around,

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.


My sweet Aidan. He's been asking for days to go to Starbucks in the morning to get a Pumpkin Spice Latte for his teacher. Bless it.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment. 

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Honeybee Mama Sponsor and Giveaway! {Bright Tot}

I'm pretty excited about this giveaway for a couple of different reasons. First of all, it's from a business run by fellow "Mamapreneurs" like myself. Secondly, those Mamapreneurs are FROM TULSA!!

Friday, September 19, 2014

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.


I met Penny Simkin. THE Penny Simkin. I cried and babbled when I introduced myself and told her how much she means to me and fumbled when I asked if my friends and I could take our picture with her. I am honored to have read her books, purchased her products and actually had the opportunity to learn from her in person at the 2014 Lamaze and DONA Confluence in Kansas City. It is humbling to be a Certified Birth Doula and 7 year member of the global organization she helped found that now serves women in over 50 countries and sets the standard for training and professionalism in my field. More tears come now as I think of all she has done for me and many more women who come before and after.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment. 

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Honeybee Mama Sponsor and Giveaway! {Don't Hate the 918}

You know I love giveaways, and I love my Honeybee Mama Sponsors! This week we have a double whammy!

In honor of 918 day (September 18th) and to coincide with the Celebrate the 918 party at Ida Red Boutique, Steve has donated an ADORABLE "I Heart Tulsa" onesie for the giveaway!

Texas Roll Position for Advancing Labor

One of the most important things to focus on when in labor, or when supporting a woman in labor, is encouraging the process of Normal Birth to take place. Now, I'm not just in love with the idea of labeling birth as normal or abnormal, but what we're getting at is

Friday, September 12, 2014

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.


If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comments.

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

{haiku wednesday}

coffee is so good
i long for cool mornings on
my porch with it

{please share yours}

Friday, August 29, 2014

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart. 
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.


I am so blessed to know these kids, let alone count them as family.
Life is good, y'all!

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comments.

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Friday, August 15, 2014

{my moment}

 A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.


"Roads? Where we're going, we don't NEED roads." - Doc Brown

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment.

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tips for Taking Your Kids Anywhere

I learned a long time ago that if I wanted to continue to live my life of adventure the way I did before motherhood, that I was going to have to figure out a way to incorporate my kids into the things I love. To quote a post from 2011, "Swim Lessons: Adventures in Art and Motherhood," "I started becoming

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tips for a Good Sleep Start - {Guest Post}

Today's guest post is from my newest Honeybee Mama Sponsor, Tara Hess, owner of Tulsa Pediatric Sleep Consulting. I'll allow Tara to introduce herself: 

Friday, August 8, 2014

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart. 
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.


That, my friends, is a hug sandwich!

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in the comments.

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Monday, August 4, 2014

What to do when it's just. too. hot.

It's that time again. What time? Summer in Oklahoma time. Now, don't get me wrong, we've actually been incredibly fortunate to have an inordinately LOW number of days in the triple digits, but it's officially August and we know our luck is waning.

Friday, August 1, 2014

{my moment}

 A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.


It just blows my mind that a few weeks ago this was a seed. I'm completely in love with growing things from seeds. I check on my garden morning and night, seeing if new things have sprouted, grown, bloomed. It's such a delight to my heart and I can't wait to harvest!

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment. 

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Friday, July 25, 2014

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart. 
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.


Welcome Earthside, sweet Honeybee Baby #38! Your momma worked so hard for her VBAC, your daddy was an amazing birth partner for her, and your big brother thinks you are so cute and is fully prepared to help take very good care of you!

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comments. 

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Honeybee Mama Sponsor and Giveaway! {Shop Good: Purveyors of Generosity}

It's time for another Honeybee Mama Sponsor and Giveaway!

I'm pleased to announce this week's newest Honeybee Mama Sponsor, Shop Good: Purveyors of Generosity. I have known the owners since college and they are dear friends and all around AMAZING people. Here's more about their story:

Friday, July 18, 2014

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.


That's what a child's Summer should look like, if you ask me. 
Happy 7th Birthday, sweet Alec Michael!

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comments!

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Honeybee Mama Sponsor and GIVEAWAY! {cr2f}

Meet my newest Honeybee Mama Sponsor: cr2f!

cr2f is owned by Carrie Richardson Fry, a dear friend I've known since high school. Born and raised in Tulsa, Carrie now lives with her husband, Matt, and beautiful daughter, Cleona. Here's what she says about her business: 

it all started because I needed art on my walls.

I am a sucker for fun colors. I have collected little pieces of art from all over the place, I create paintings from pictures I take and have even been known to frame something not typically framed (like the side of a six pack holder or a postcard advertisement). As I began decorating my home I just keep seeing opportunities to commemorate things that were important to me--my home state of Oklahoma, my husband's home state of Georgia and my daughter's home state of North Carolina. Next came our Italy trip and Italian phrases that will always hold special meaning for us (one is "allora"). I wanted art for my daughter's room, gifts for my friends....and cr2f was made.

I'm happy to custom make a piece for you! I want the artwork in your home to be meaningful and important AND beautiful!

Here are some of her gorgeous creations:





Giveaway! 

Carrie is giving away one 8.5x11 print from either the State Art, Nursery/Kids or Words section of her etsy shop. When the winner is announced, you'll be able to choose which one you want! Also, when you enter the giveaway you'll be given a special discount code to use for FREE SHIPPING from now until August first!

See below to enter the giveaway and GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Cocktails and Mocktails

Everybody loves a cocktail. In the Summer, I love something cold, light and refreshing and so do my kids! If you're pregnant or a kid or are avoiding alcohol for any other reason, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on a special treat. Today, I've got three Summer Spritzers that can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic

Friday, July 4, 2014

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.


Morning meeting. One in a robe, one sitting next to Dad's Pabst from last night, and the other filling a water balloon...at about 7:15 AM.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment.

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer in T-Town

It has been a whirlwind of a Summer. Since we are a blended family, our kids have been gone at the other parents' houses for a good chunk of it, but we've still been able to squeeze in a lot of fun.

What would Summer be without running through the sprinkler?



We've been hitting up Story Time and Food Trucks at Guthrie Green



My kids love photobombing and bunny ears, what can I say?


We've rocked out with Tulsa Music Festival.


We love the FREE Summer Movies!


And we even have had some amazing festivals in Broken Arrow like Summer Solstice!





Are you surviving Summer in Oklahoma? What have you been up to?

Friday, June 27, 2014

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.

An eight-year-old's garage sale. Sweet boy.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment.

Happy Weekend, Lovies.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My Favorite Summer Road Trip Ever

I love going on Adventure with my kids. It's important to me that they are dreamers and brave and willing to try new things, even if it means getting lost, failing or realizing that things don't always turn out like you plan.

An adventure I've been wanting to have with them for a while is cruisin' the Mother Road by exploring Historic Rt. 66. Some things we have done are visit the Blue Whale, and Totem Pole Park, but have never just gotten in the car and started driving. Yesterday, after picking up my littles from a two and a half week stay with their dad (my heart broke a million times) I decided to get off the turnpike and cruise Rt. 66.

We started with some good old McD's breakfast (shhh, don't tell the real food police) and some silly selfies.


Then we headed west on I-44 a few miles, and exited onto Rt. 66. It wasn't hard to find!


The cool thing about traveling the historic highway is that you don't have to rely on phone navigation or GPS at all. I knew there were a couple of places I wanted to hit specifically, but I knew they were literally right on Rt. 66, so I didn't need directions. All I had to do was set my car on cruise and enjoy the scenery. I knew I'd get where I was going eventually!

It was amazing what happened as soon as we got off the interstate. Everything became instantly interesting. The curvy road, the closeness to the farms, houses and businesses on the side of the road, the greenery and the scenery were unmistakable!


One of our favorite finds was the oldest known filling station left still standing.


The sign posted in front explained we don't know when the building was first erected or much about the original owners, except that they likely would have lived in the one room building that also operated as a roadside business. At the time it was in operation, there would have been no running water or electricity!


It was fun to explore. My eight year old, Aidan, said he wanted to stop at everything we saw on the side of the road. He didn't want to miss a thing! That's my kid!


We may or may not have left our mark as many before us have, but you can't prove anything...



That's the best part about just getting in the car and going. If you don't have any time constraints, you can just explore, take your time and stop anywhere and everywhere. Believe me there are plenty of interesting buildings, businesses, cafes, antique stores and so much more to keep you busy along Rt. 66!

One thing on my list was seeing the Arcadia Round Barn. This is such an interesting piece of architecture. Similar to the Totem Pole we visited in Foyil a couple of years ago, the Round Barn was built by a determined visionary. People told William Odor it was impossible to build a round barn, yet he proved them all wrong. He had to build his own sawmill, and individually soak the oak boards cut from his own land and mold them into the curved pieces he would use to build his barn. It was originally built in 1898, and restored after years of neglect and disrepair in the late 1980s by Luke Robinson and his friends, the "Over-the-Hill Gang."


The bottom level of the barn actually houses livestock, but there was a loft built where the community held gatherings and dances. There are accounts of square dances happening while the cows and horses beneath were neighing and mooing! The loft of the barn can now be rented out for weddings and other special occasions. It's an absolutely beautiful space!


Looking up at the ceiling, I was mesmerized. I've never seen anything like it!


The lower level is now a gift shop with a variety of antiques, souvenirs and various garage sale type items. Yep, those are cassette tapes. I can assure you my kids have no idea what they are!


In the gardens outside there are several vintage tractors and even an old outhouse, which truly fascinated my little boys!


Arcadia is just a few miles from Edmond, on the north side of Oklahoma City. Since we still had some time before lunch, we decided to find a park to run off some energy first. If you follow Rt. 66 right into Edmond, you'll eventually come to a stoplight at Bryant. Take a left and you'll soon be at Hafer Park.
There are three different playgrounds,



a rock climbing wall,


and a pond with a jogging trail surrounding it.


My kids got creative. Aidan made a "fishing pole" out of garbage he found.


Alec dug a huge stick out of the pond! I love boys!


Once we worked up an appetite, we got back in the car and headed back east on Rt. 66 to hit up Pops Soda Ranch. I was only able to get a couple pictures of us in front of the huge soda bottle in front before my camera died!



You can see more pictures of the interior of the restaurant and more here. Pops is a gas station, and also a super fun restaurant. Along with delicious burgers, chicken fried steak and milkshakes, they have over 600 different flavors of soda from around the world! You can even get an empty six-pack carton to fill up with all different kinds of sodas to take home and try. The littles had fun picking out sodas for Marc, Carter and Corrinne to try since they weren't with us on our adventure.

Our little trip took us about a half day, but there's so much more we could have explored had we continued west. For ideas to plan your Rt. 66 adventure, check out the Historic 66 website for turn by turn information and planning tools!

What are your favorite spots on Rt. 66?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cheap and Free Summer Fun!

Summer can be fun for kids but a stress on Mommy. Filling all that time in their schedule can feel like anything but a lazy Summer. Good thing there are a lot of FREE and CHEAP things to do in Tulsa!

First off, I highly suggesting stocking up on all the inexpensive and easy go-to toys for the backyard like frisbees, sprinklers, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, water balloons and yard games:






And DON'T forget the popsicles, because really, what is Summer without the popsicles?!


Next, be sure you know about ALL the Cheap and Free stuff going on in Tulsa constantly!

Here's a list to get you started
For more great free and cheap ideas, check out Anna's Annual List of Cheap or Free Family Fun in Tulsa.

Also, TulsaKids Magazine has a great article about Cheap or Free Summer Fun in Tulsa

What are your tips for surviving Summer with your kids?
 

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