moms you should meet: Casey Wiegand

This beautiful woman is an artist, writer and of mom of three. She is an original, and unique, and has created a path through motherhood all her own. We admire her, and know you will too. Here’s a mom you should meet: Casey Wiegand.

Lunchtime.
Sweet baby Apple was sound asleep and my two “big” kids were eating at the table. I was sitting between them and after a few moments Ainsleigh creeped over and climbed up on my lap. She was facing towards me and grabbed my cheeks, looked me straight in the eyes and smiled….over and over again in between kisses on my cheeks.
Something about the way the sun was shining behind her, something about those sweet dimples that she has. Something about the way her tiny fingers were stroking my hair and clinging to me.
Something about the way she clenches on when she thinks I am about to get up.
She, too, wants it to last.
I desperately wanted to jump up and grab my camera but I
didn’t. I held her tight. Soaked it in. And am doing the best job that I can right now to repaint it as a memory.

The weather here in Texas is changing.
I love the fall. I love the chiminey burning on the back porch, and the leaves that are beginning to fall. It nudges at my soul.

Today I was thinking.

Recently I had to take a personality test for some “work” related things. We wanted to see where we fit best on our team and what roles we could easily be in. There were so many things about the test that were so eye opening for me to read and see written out on paper.

Something that really struck me though was what my results said about me as a mother.
*help their children become who they really are
*support their children’s creativity and originality 
*are good at helping their children get in touch with their feelings
I have no idea if my kids would actually say these things about me or if someday these are ways that they would talk about me as a mother…but I sure hope so.
I desperately want to embrace my babies as individuals…I want to help each one in their own way figure out their purpose, their passions and foster that.
I want them to feel deeply, and learn that it’s okay. I want them to learn to express that.
Motherhood for me is such a joy.
A “life giver”.
I can hardly believe it’s going as fast as it is.
I just hope that I can help my babies find their life purpose…and help them make it happen.
Essay by Casey Wiegand.
Check out her amazing art here.
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mini thanksgiving feast

Whether you’re in charge of the kid table this Thanksgiving or just need a few ideas on what to do with those leftovers once your extended family has left the building, this Mini Thanksgiving Feast is another way to create some fun memories with your little ones.

Keep reading for the full menu, recipes, and a whole slew of party details with awesome elements provided by Sucre and Caravan Shoppe.

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thanksgiving photo booth

The beauty of Thanksgiving is admittedly lost on small children: they have to wait for hours to eat, then after they are done,  all the sudden all of the grown-ups are ready for a nap. So we’ve teamed up with a few of our favorite creative bloggers to give you some great things to do to make Thanksgiving exciting for all ages. Today is all about the party staple, the photobooth.

Here’s what we did:

Thanksgiving Photo Booth

We used The Party Dress’s Thanksgiving Photo Prop printables, but wanted to make them a little bit more durable for multiple years and purposes, so Emily cut them out of felt. Craft wizard Alison, of The Alison Show, made us this gorgeous photo booth back drop that doubles as a table cloth for the big feast using her turkey stencil. Also, thanks to Lou Lou and Company for the beautiful tassel garland!

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traveling without kids

The kidless vacation at times is can be a fickle thing! Relaxing and then guilt-ridden, desperately needed, and then self-indulgent, carefree and anxiety-inducing. Leaving our kids in capable hands so we can take those much needed breaks brings with it a roller coaster of emotion. Jenna headed off to a tropical island with her husband recently and wanted to channel some of those feelings into something that would help calm her nerves and express her feelings, while creating something her boys could look forward to each day while she was gone. Here’s what she did:

Every day Jenna and Andrew were gone, there was an envelope waiting for their boys. Most were filled with tiny gifts that cost one dollar or less and then there was a couple exciting bigger gifts too. Knowing their son Quinn was practicing writing his name in preschool, so he got a tiny notebook to fill up. A handful of change (which to a three year old is pretty darn cool,) and favorite treats brought so much joy while they were away.  A stack of bandaids so their boys would know they were thinking of them and wished they could be there to kiss any boo boos better. And finally, an iTunes gift card so they could get a brand new movie to watch which not only excites the kids, but also gives the babysitter some valuable leverage! Most importantly it gave Jenna some peace of mind knowing her kids could have a little piece of mom and dad whenever they needed it.