Lisa is a Lifestyle, Family and Travel Writer who has a love of all things travel, all things food, and all things living life. She gives family travel tips, the inspiration to dream, and the real deal of family life. It is not always roses and daisies, but that's life!
Must-Have Dog Essentials
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Must-Have Dog Essentials

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx. As a new puppy owner, I have some Must-Have Dog Essentials that

pupford review
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Pupford Review

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pupford. All opinions are 100% mine. Adding a

Tortellini Antipasto Salad

Tortellini Antipasto Salad

There are many ways to prepare this classic Italian salad. This Tortellini Antipasto Salad is definitely one of

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

These Chocolate-Covered Strawberries are a great end of summer dessert. Taking advantage of every last bit of sweet

healthy snack foods on the go

Healthy Snack Foods On The Go

There are so many Healthy Snack Foods On The Go to choose from. Let’s explore some of them!

cream cheese apple cake

Cream Cheese Apple Cake

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Kraft Heinz. This quick Cream Cheese Apple Cake is absolutely perfect for

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Make these Baked Apple Cider Donuts right in your own kitchen. They are super easy to make and


Quick and Easy French Bread Pizza

This post has been sponsored by McCormick®. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This Quick and Easy


How To Meal Plan Like a Boss!

It’s that dreaded time of day again. It’s the What’s For Dinner time of day. I think my


Watermelon Mint Lemonade

This refreshing Watermelon Mint Lemonade is super quick and easy to prepare. This is one of those recipes

creamy instant pot rice pudding

Creamy Instant Pot Rice Pudding

This Creamy Instant Pot Rice Pudding is so quick and simple to make. This custard-like creamy instant pot

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25 Truths Every Parent In The Trenches Understands

Being a mom is the hardest yet most rewarding thing I have ever done. I really wish people would have warned me of some things before I had kids though. There are 25 Truths Every Parent In The Trenches Understands.

Kids are kinda gross and they do weird things. Along with all the hugs and kisses comes a LOT OF STRUGGLES. Kids can do things that make you question a lot of stuff, like what is the fascination with their “junk.” There are days where I might be on the verge of questioning the meaning of life.

Here are 25 truths every parent understands:

1. 75% of parenting is repeating “brush your teeth” or “get your shoes on” over and over again.

2. No matter how hard you try, you will never cut the crusts off of your kid’s sandwiches “just the right way.”

3. Whoever invented shoelaces hates parents.

4. You will forever be amazed at what would be considered A WEAPON to your kids. Today it was a french fry.

5. Wet wipes are your new best friend.

6. “Don’t touch that” is the phrase of your life. The toilet, the lamp, their privates… All fair game to kids.

7. Someone will inevitably poop in the tub.

8. Someone will inevitably need a 2nd bath after you discover someone pooped in the tub.

Now that is some truth from the trenches right there…

9. Do not be delusional and put your kids to bed late thinking they will sleep in. They will actually be up before daylight to torture you.

10. Everything is always sticky. So sticky. Don’t bother to try to figure out why.

11. Most of the day will be spent screaming at your kids to stop screaming.

12. A TODDLER can leave a path of destruction anywhere with just one cookie. Pretty impressive actually.

13. Ketchup is a necessary food group.

14. The words “I do it” will make you be late for every single thing in your life for the next 5 years.

I feel very blessed to have two wonderful, healthy children who keep me completely grounded, sane and throw up on my shoes every now and again just to keep it real .

15. Trips to the restaurant bathroom will be the majority of your dinnertime.

16. Poop will be part of every conversation basically.

17. Someone is always naked. WHY?

Speak the truth sister!

18. If you ever want your kids to SLEEP AT NIGHT, do not let them fall asleep in the car after 5 pm. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Open the windows, turn the music up, whatever it takes.

19. Your kids can work your smartphone better than you can but they couldn’t possibly get themselves a glass of water because that’s too hard.

20. The struggle not to laugh when your child throws out an F-bomb is real.

22. 3rd-grade math will make you question your COLLEGE EDUCATION.

23. Kids consume all of their daily water intake 5 minutes before bedtime and then have an endless parade of bathroom visits all night long because they are “just so thirsty.”


24. The world is always ending and everyone needs you when you are either in the bathroom or on the phone. Otherwise, they could care less about you.

25. God made kids cute for a reason. Well played God.

One thing that all parents can probably agree about is that in the end, it is all worth it. When my kids are older I am sure I will miss every sticky finger and naked bum running around my house. I know it feels like I am in the trenches of parenting right now and this time of my life might be a struggle.

I know it feels like I am in the trenches of parenting right now and this time of my life might be a struggle.

It’s a hard job shaping these tiny little humans into responsible adults. There will come a time when my kids will not really need me so much anymore, but this is probably going to be my life for the next 18 years or so. I think I will invest in some good wine or beer to help me through it.

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5 Days in San Diego with Kids!

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Lemon-Blueberry Pound Cake!

For me, lemon and blueberry are a perfect pairing. I love the taste of these two flavors together.

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SoWa Winter Festival Fun!

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Steel Cut Oats Breakfast Bowls!

These Steel Cut Oats Breakfast Bowls are a healthy and delicious breakfast idea that look as great as they


A Day in Boston with Go City!

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Adorable Turkey Cupcakes!

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Maple-Balsamic Boneless Pork Chops!

These Maple-Balsamic Boneless Pork Chops are a real keeper! One bite and you won’t believe all that incredible flavor


Our Seaworld San Diego Adventure!

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Lemon-Garlic Jumbo Shrimp!

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It’s finally summer! When I think of summer I immediately think of picnic food. There’s just something about

Banana Cream Frozen Yogurt

Banana Cream Frozen Yogurt!

You don’t need a bulky ice cream maker to enjoy delicious frozen treats at home. This homemade Banana

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Portobello and Sage-Stuffed Acorn Squash!

This protein-packed Portobello and Sage-Stuffed Acorn Squash provides a healthy and tasty alternative to traditional side dishes. Crisp pancetta,

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Apple and Feta-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin!

This incredibly flavorful Apple and Feta-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin makes an elegant main course for any holiday gathering. It

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