Andrea

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Family is everything, and I can think of no better town to live in with my high school sweetheart and our four young children. Although we've been here for a few years now, we often find that it still feels like vacation. Embracing the natural beauty and slower pace were easy. Learning to love Orange wasn't too hard. However, my mid-western roots shine through in my inability to accessorize my daughters with giant hair bows and my preference for unsweetened tea. Being a mother is more incredible than I ever dreamed, and even though our days are utter chaos riddled with exhaustion, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I blog about anything and everything related to motherhood at Stroller Savvy..

Family Friendly Ways To Teach Gratitude That Double As Holiday Decorations

“There is always, always, always something to be thankful for." Sometimes it’s the simplest quotes that hold the most power. This one has stuck with me because it is just so true. No matter...

Back to School, Back to Fitness Routine

Hopefully by now your family is settling into some semblance of a routine. Whether your kids are in school full time, you have preschool a few days a week, you homeschool, or you are...

Mid-Summer Meltdown

It’s July, which for some of us means that there are four weeks left of summer. As the heat gains sweltering momentum, we are all literally melting, but perhaps we are all facing another...

I Get Bi(ceps) with a Little Help from My Friends

As pool parties are amping up, so too are people's body insecurities. I haven't seen one pool invite without someone commenting on how no one can judge how they look in a swimsuit or...

Body Envy at the Beach

I just can’t stop looking her way. I don’t mean to stare, but I can’t help it. Of every bikini-clad woman that has walked by me on this crowded beach, something about her just...

Yes! Bless! It’s Time for VBS!

 It's hard to believe that summer is right around the corner! As you begin planning summer camps and activities, don't forget about the awesomeness that is VBS! Vacation Bible School has become one of our...

Mom Down: How to Offer and Accept Help in Times of Need

 “Let me know if there is anything I can do.”  “I’m here if you need me.” “Praying for you.”  “I’m so sorry.” “Oh, I had no idea.” These well-intentioned phrases flow from our tongues and fingers so easily, but...

The Year of No

I keep reading about YES days, YES years, saying YES and seeing what happens. But you know what? I’m tired of saying yes. I say yes to too much. Saying yes has gotten me...

What Happened When I Put My Phone Down

Late to the smart phone game, I didn’t have one when my first son was born eight years ago. He got my undivided attention. I didn’t even have a camera on my phone to...

C’mon Mama, FIT It In

It's the busiest time of year. We all have a million things going on. Between October 28 and January 1st, my family celebrates at least 20 special occasions that require preparation and extra effort on...

Mamas Need Rewards Too

Oh, mom guilt. You pop up everywhere. No matter what we do, you find a way to make us feel like we are failing in one way or another. We try. Lord, how we...

Stop Sport Snack Sabotage

The term "snacks" in this article, for all intents and purposes, is synonymous with junk food. “We have our first game next week. But don’t worry, we’ll have snacks, so you’ll be okay”. – My...