• A Brief Tour of Some Changes

    I mentioned before my break that there would be changes to this blog. I’m delighted that almost all of it has been done, though it was all extremely easy and absolutely makes my life as a blogging mom so much easier. It also gives me more time to read, which is amazingly nice. The Mother’s Corner is Semi-Closed As I mentioned, I’m cutting back on the motherhood posts. The Mother’s Corner is still accessible, but I won’t be posting my Finding Magic in Motherhood series anymore, nor will I be posting quite as many parenting-related posts. As much as I had enjoyed writing about being a mom, I don’t find…

  • How to Pass the Time When You're Stuck Inside - how I'm actually passing the time being stuck inside due to COVID-19 and how I'd rather spend the time

    How to Pass the Time When You’re Stuck Inside

    I find it funny that, when it’s not always socially acceptable, I’d rather stay home, but, when it is socially expected, I’d rather go out. As an introvert who’d rather stick to sliding along the walls to avoid as many people as possible, staying home makes me happy. But now that I’ve been ordered to stay home, well, I don’t like being told what to do. Initially, I was going to write about how to combat isolation when you live in an apartment and have no outdoor space except a small balcony because that’s our life right now. But, other than opening up the door to the balcony and snuggling…

  • Book Review: After the End by Clare Mackintosh

    Book Review: After the End by Clare Mackintosh

    Title: After the End Author: Clare Mackintosh Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Group Putnam Publication Date: June 25, 2019 Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction Summary: When their young son is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, Max and Pip must make an impossible choice: seek further treatment that might extend his life or let him go. As they become further at odds with each other, and the world begins to tune in to their story, a decision is made, but what happens after the end is just the beginning of another journey for this young couple. As a parent, especially that of young children, this book made me cry. I had to stop…

  • Motherhood is Magical: Redefining The Lily Cafe

    Lately, I’ve been struggling with my motherhood posts. I’ve gotten caught in wanting to both fit in with other mom bloggers even though motherhood is only one focus of The Lily Cafe and with trying to talk about the kind of mom I am, which sometimes is at odds with what other mom bloggers write about. I adore reading mom blogs. I’ve found honesty, funny stories, encouragement, and a plethora of ideas. But the more and longer I read them, the more I feel out of place. After trying to fit in last year, I decided to focus on my mom truths and write about how I raise my kids,…