Five goals I want to achieve in 2021

As an Enneagram 3, I thrive off of making New Year’s resolutions, vision boards, goal setting… whatever you want to call it. I love setting goals and working throughout the year to achieve them. And man, when I do achieve a goal or a dream, it feels amazing. (Read more about my highlights from 2020 […]

Family

If there is a theme that unites us most in 2020, one message that everyone has mumbled under their breath while staring at empty shelves or while logging on to another Zoom call, it’s this: 2020 is the worst year ever. And I get it. I’ve had my moments for SURE… like having to teach […]

Clean Living, Family, Special Needs

Best 2020 Moments

If there is a theme that unites us most in 2020, one message that everyone has mumbled under their breath while staring at empty shelves or while logging on to another Zoom call, it’s this: 2020 is the worst year ever. And I get it. I’ve had my moments for SURE… like having to teach […]

Clean Living, Family, Special Needs

Best 2020 Moments

5 simple ways for busy moms to not go insane

I was supposed to have an office.  Yep, when we moved into our house, I was going to have this gorgeous boho-themed office where I was going to move mountains and handle client work for hours, and then shimmy back into the living room to play with the girls and get dinner prepped. Ahhhh, wouldn’t […]

Family, Special Needs

Emily Barton Busy Mom Tips

I don’t know about you but these days I really need to FEEL & SEE that I am making a difference. I need all the mood-boosting endorphins to pick me up and put a smile on my face and remind me I can be the light in someone’s day.  This is the magic of the […]

Family

12 Days of Giving

I don’t know about you but these days I really need to FEEL & SEE that I am making a difference. I need all the mood-boosting endorphins to pick me up and put a smile on my face and remind me I can be the light in someone’s day.  This is the magic of the […]

Family

12 Days of Giving

Five simple ways to celebrate the holiday season

Don’t you love it when Facebook or your iPhone Photos app reminds you of pictures from the past? Because it’s the holiday season, I’m seeing all these pictures pop up of Jax with Santa, or Braedy opening gifts for the first time. When I am getting ready to sleep at night, I can’t help but […]

Family

This weekend our friends and I had a Friendsgiving and let me tell you— it gave me SO much life. I got to prepare a homemade cranberry sauce, coordinate my outfit and new boots, and spend some time in the mirror getting myself ready. Yep, I actually got to put on makeup in front of […]

Clean Beauty, Family

How to level up your makeup for holiday gatherings

This weekend our friends and I had a Friendsgiving and let me tell you— it gave me SO much life. I got to prepare a homemade cranberry sauce, coordinate my outfit and new boots, and spend some time in the mirror getting myself ready. Yep, I actually got to put on makeup in front of […]

Clean Beauty, Family

How to level up your makeup for holiday gatherings

Our growing family!

Jonny and I both grew up in big families. So when we first got married and dreamed of what our family would look like, we wanted that big family feel– lots of kids at the dinner table and siblings to both get annoyed with and be protective over.  After Jaxlee was born, there was a […]

Family, Special Needs

*This blog post is a follow up to last week’s blog on Jaxlee’s journey to communicate with us. If you haven’t read it, start here! Most of my readers know this but in case you are new here, let me introduce you to my girl Jax. She is our amazing firstborn daughter. She’s beautiful and […]

Family, Special Needs

How my daughter speaks: tips for SLPs supporting parents

*This blog post is a follow up to last week’s blog on Jaxlee’s journey to communicate with us. If you haven’t read it, start here! Most of my readers know this but in case you are new here, let me introduce you to my girl Jax. She is our amazing firstborn daughter. She’s beautiful and […]

Family, Special Needs

How my daughter speaks: tips for SLPs supporting parents

How my daughter speaks: the story of how my nonverbal child learned to communicate

As a mom to a child who is nonverbal, I’ve felt so heavy for what life was supposed to be like. When I pictured having a baby, I pictured a typical developing child. I anticipated hearing “mama” as her first word and melting at the sound of her sweet little voice. This wasn’t the case […]

Family, Special Needs

Jaxlee and AAC Tablet