The Daycare Dilemma: How We Wound Up In 4 Different Care Centers in 4 Years

My child turned 4 years old just a few short months ago, yet we’ve already gone through 4 daycare transitions. And no, we haven’t moved. I’ve lived at the same residence with my husband for the past 13 years.

Searching for affordable and reliable childcare in the area is a challenge many of us face as new parents. I mean, how do you find someone you can trust with your most precious child? A stranger at that.

Continue reading “The Daycare Dilemma: How We Wound Up In 4 Different Care Centers in 4 Years”

Why You Should Take the Family to Bay Beach

A few weeks ago, my husband and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. We dropped the kiddo off with his grandparents up north and then hit the road to Door County. The two of us spent Saturday and Sunday in Door County and went back to his folks house Sunday night.

Both my husband and I took the day off on Monday, our official anniversary. We planned to spend that day with our son. Since it was such a beautiful day, we decided to hit Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay on our way home.

Continue reading “Why You Should Take the Family to Bay Beach”

The Reality of #MomLife

It’s hard out there for a mommy blogger.

I feel like everywhere I look, I see these highly styled, polished and professional photos that make it look like moms everywhere are absolutely crushing it. And I’m over here like “how in the world…?”

Social media paints an unrealistic picture of what life as a mom is really like, in my opinion. Just like print media, TV and movies, it creates incredibly high standards that we think we need to meet in order to look like we’ve got it together.

Continue reading “The Reality of #MomLife”

5 Board Games You Can Play With Your Preschooler

We’ve been playing a lot of board games in our house these days…I’m a big fan because they give me something tangible to play with my preschooler.

Read more about our current favorites in my latest contribution to Madison Moms Blog.

I’m always on the lookout for more though! Feel free to share your favs in the comments as well.

Road Trip! Your Madison to Nashville Travel Guide

I’ve never been a fan of road trips. At least I don’t think I have. In my mind, I make up stories about how crazy long and boring the drive will be.  Envisioning the sheer horror of a road trip until I convince myself that flying is for sure the better option, regardless of price. Continue reading “Road Trip! Your Madison to Nashville Travel Guide”

Bingo! Three Places to Play this Old School Classic

I never thought I would say this, because I’m not 80…but I LOVE Bingo!

The classic game is having a moment here in Madison. And I’ve been partaking in those moments on a regular basis.

There are several places to play Bingo in the area. Along with many different ways to play. And prizes to be won.

I love winning stuff even more than I love Bingo.

Here are my three favorite places to play this old standard that has suddenly become cool again. And what you need to know before you go: Continue reading “Bingo! Three Places to Play this Old School Classic”

5 Reasons Why Aldi Is My New Jam

As someone who loves a good deal and is not partial to any one grocery store, I gave Aldi a try a few years ago, per my husband’s suggestion.  To say I was underwhelmed would be an understatement. I just didn’t get it.

In addition to there being zero aesthetic appeal, I also didn’t understand the layout. Add that to the fact that almost everything they carry is brands exclusive to Aldi. So I also wasn’t really familiar with any of their products.

I didn’t love how everything was displayed in the bulk shipment boxes that they came in. And every aisle seemed like a random hodge podge of items I’d never tried before.

After that visit, I turned my nose up to Aldi and decided there was no reason I’d ever need to shop there again. Continue reading “5 Reasons Why Aldi Is My New Jam”