Shay Scholtes

Shay is the wife to a self proclaimed IT nerd, mama to two daughters, Sophia-5 and Saidey-2. By day she is an addiction/mental health therapist and by night she is a blogger/writer at Three Gals and a Guy, reader, and binger of Netflix and reality TV. LIfe can get crazy busy, but she wouldn't have it any other way!
Building Resiliency: Tips from a Mom and Therapist

Tips from A Mom and Therapist: Building Resiliency

Resiliency: "Our ability to bounce back, or our ability to overcome challenges. Resiliency is a powerful buffer to life stressors, mental health problems, and crises." But how does one build resiliency? Are you just born with...
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My Daughter Loves Princesses (And That’s OK)

My oldest daughter, Sophia, went through a MAJOR princess phase from about 2-5 years old. And still, at 7, some of her favorite books feature princesses, unicorns, or some other magical, stereotypical figures. We tried...

Setting the Tone

It’s 7 a.m. and I can hear the pitter patter of little feet running down the hall. Sigh. The day is beginning. From battles about how we’re wearing our hair, to running after a four...
I have a clean house. Don't hate me! | Des Moines Moms Blog

Don’t Hate Me, I Have a Clean House!

Hear me out before you virtually start throwing daggers and other objects my way! As the title suggests, I have a clean house. You may have seen the articles floating around the Interweb about embracing...
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Mental Health Tips for Surviving the Holidays

For some of us, the holidays aren’t full of good cheer. For some, holidays bring feelings of depression, a sense of loss, loneliness and isolation, and tension. If you feel like you are just...
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The Kids Are Alright (And so are you, Mama!)

Looking back at my earlier parenting years, I can (sort of) laugh about all the nights spent awake, asking trusted Google questions like “ How can I get my baby to sleep through the...

Home Tour: Fall Decorating

Fall is F I N A L L Y here!! And all the fall-lovin' mamas said "Amen!" There are many quotes that perfectly sum up my adoration for all things fall, but this one...
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I’m Sorry Mom: Things I’ve Learned Since Having Kids

Since becoming a mom, I have had several “A HA” moments that have made me gain sheer respect and all the praise hands for my own mom. It sounds so cliché, but understanding the...
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Breastfeeding: A Mom’s Journey

It’s been about 2 years since I last breastfed my youngest daughter, who is now 4. Our breastfeeding journey was completely different than the one I had with my oldest daughter, who is now...
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Embracing the Slow: Choosing Less for my Kids

The possibilities are endless when it comes to extra activities for kids. From sports to gymnastics and dance to Lego Club and Girl/Boy Scouts, the list goes on and on. Some of these activities...