Of Boys, Bunk Beds and Elusive Bedtimes

Upward view of a bunk bed ladder

“Stop it, mom said it was my turn!” “You already watched something, I’m turning it off!” We are deep into the summer break and we’ve done all the things. Swimming, watermelon, ice cream, fireworks, water balloons, water guns, cousins and bare feet in the yard and the treehouse. “You’re a doody-face!” “You’re a BUTT!” Ridiculous … Read more

Mom’s Summer Vocabulary

Long summer days on school break bring back Mom's Summer Vocabulary, aka parenting snacks, kids, I'm bored and kids who are always hungry.

I love to foster an environment of boredom for the kids over the summer. I develop a lot of anxiety if I have to rush around from activity to activity and the kids play best when they’re bored, they really do. It also saves a bit of coin when we are blissfully unscheduled. We did … Read more

Making Memories When You Can’t Afford a Big Vacation

Big theme park vacations are not the norm for us, so visiting Legoland and Disney World this year is something we’ll always remember. I do recommend making memories on a big splurge at least once in a lifetime if you can. But the fact of the matter is, big vacations are not always possible. Spring … Read more

Kids These Days…

Ellie's 10th birthday party at the nursing home to celebrate with her grandmother

For every negative article out there that talks about “kids these days” there should be an equal and opposite article that highlights how awesome they are. There will always be generational growing pains, and there will also always be a whole slew of kids out there doing something good. We should highlight more of that. … Read more

Why I Was Never Really Much of a Disney Fan as a Kid

cousins

I was never really much of a Disney fan as a kid. That may widen some eyeballs and spurn a few gasps, but I really wasn’t. I know I enjoyed more than my fair share of Disney Movies on VHS growing up. But a Disney vacation was something that just wasn’t within the reach of … Read more

Explore Indoors with National Geographic Kids

Tyrannosaurus Rex encounter in the viewmaster virtual reality headset viewer

I love partnering with organizations that encourage learning and exploration. This is a sponsored post with National Geographic Kids and may contain affiliate links.    Of course we want to encourage you to get outside as much as humanly possible and explore the great outdoors together as a family. But the weather doesn’t always allow … Read more

When Their Baby Words Are Almost Gone

When kids grow up and their baby words start to disappear

It really is a moment when your kids start to grow up out of toddlerhood and start pronouncing words correctly, isn’t it? We get so used to them and their little quirks and we adopt their words into our own vocabulary. Sometimes a family has its own language, you know what I mean? When cereal … Read more

I Have Good News and I Have Bad News…

Explore Indoors with National Geographic Kids, RealHonestMom blog

Okay, so I have good news and I have bad news. Do you want the bad news first? Okay, the bad news is that moms in minivans making 3-point maneuvers in the driveway do not mix with toddler pedal cars. It was left out close to the driveway where it wasn’t supposed to be and … Read more

Adventures in Pokemon Go

I tried high and low to get the Pokemon Go app to work in my small hometown in Kansas during our road trip, but I kept getting an error about too many trainer accounts and the GPS wouldn’t connect. I knew this might happen after reading the reviews from people that lived in smaller towns. So we … Read more

If You Give a Boy a Bag of Chips…

  If you give a boy a bag of chips, he will slam it into every possible object on the way to the potluck at the park. And when you get to the park, he’ll want to give the bag one final slam onto the concrete slab under the shelter before running off to play … Read more

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