Elizabeth Sullivan

Elizabeth’s crazy clan includes Elizabeth Rain (2007), Sophia (2011), Will (2017) and Evie Grace (2019) and husband, Mike. You will read posts ranging from co-parenting, being a stepmom and mom simultaneously to mental health in moms. Please reach out to Elizabeth with any questions or stories of your own as she loves to engage with other moms. By sharing stories and listening to other moms’ happys, crappys, and sappys we better ourselves. Growth comes from having a group of moms that challenge you and empower you to be a better version of yourself each day.
parks in Ames

Our Favorite Parks in Ames

  This summer we embarked on a parks challenge to discover our favorite parks in Ames. Challenges included zipping down a slide, swinging from the monkey bars, or pumping your legs on a swing. All...
teacher appreciation

Teacher Appreciation: Because They Deserve It and Much More

“Please for the love of all recycling, no more coffee mugs!”  I talked with many teachers and moms to see what they like to give and receive for Teacher Appreciation. An overwhelming sentiment was no...
Kids Date Jar

Intentional Time With Our Kids – A Kid’s Date Jar!

Kids Date—now this is a trend I can get on board with! I love my kiddos and date nights. So why not put them together?  I am always trying to find alone time with...
pancake day

Pancake Day and Lent : What Do They Have In Common

It's almost Pancake Day! I did not know the history behind this day until recently. Follow along as I talk about what it is and share some recipes my family is making on Shrove...
mom goals

Mom Goals and Aspirations for 2021

Goals. Resolutions. Timelines. Failures. Successes. These are words we are hearing a lot right now. As 2020 came to an end, I was ready for a fresh start. Time to look towards what...

Blended Family Holidays : A Mom’s Viewpoint

We get excited for the holidays in our house! As a blended family, holidays change each year depending on if it's an even or odd year. One year we have all four kiddos for...
mental health

Mental Health Struggles : My Journey Through Imperfection

Depression. Anxiety. PTSD. Eating Disorder. Suicide. I am a survivor, and I am here to share my story with you. It is a dark and lonely place to be when you are an imperfect...
gluten-free dining

Eating Out : Best Gluten Free Options in Des Moines Area

If you or someone in your family eats a gluten-free diet, you know how hard it can be to find good options when eating out. Here are some Des Moines area restaurants with gluten...

Being a Stepmom Through A Pandemic

Schedules. School. Illness. Siblings. Worry. Unknowns. These are all things that have been talked about throughout the past five months in my home. How do you stepmom through a pandemic? There isn't a manual...
backyard fun

Backyard Adventures: Creating Summer Memories

Think outside the box and turn your backyard into an adventure! Obstacle courses, camping, and water play all use imaginative play in your backyard. This summer, more than ever, backyard adventures are a great...