It is okay to be a “NO” mom.

Take it from Lucy: don't put anything in your ear but your elbow. My apologies for being a little bit late with this week's parenting mission and vlog. We had a mini health related adventure, which I explain in the video, that threw me off of my … [Continue reading]

The Friday Five: 5 Things About My Life Right Now


Friends, this young year has been a big one for the Fleck family.  There have been changes and challenges and some success stories, too. Most of this has been behind-the-scenes of the blog. I love you internet, but not every story belongs "out … [Continue reading]

The Three Types of Friends that Every Parent Needs


A few years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing Brene Brown's opening keynote speech at a conference I attended.  The entire speech was good, but one thing that she said has really stuck with me over the years and that is  the idea that we all need … [Continue reading]

Monday mission: parenting with a positive attitude {vlog}


Hello!  It is Monday, which means it is time for another Monday Mission. This week I'm talking with you about keeping a positive attitude and smiling, even during the mundane tasks of parenting and adulthood.  It is easier said than done, for … [Continue reading]

Monday mission: connect with your kids on their level.

At the end of 2013 I started giving myself Monday Missions – easy tasks to do and gentle reminders for the week ahead to help make things simpler for me and the kids. It turns out that what helps me also helps some of you, so I dusted off my … [Continue reading]