Melissa is a native Michigander and military spouse living in Northern Virginia. A former Spanish teacher and college academic advisor, she now stays home with her two young children, ages two and four. Likes: afternoon lattes, bookstores, sweater weather. Dislikes: early wake-ups, grocery shopping, potty training.

Celebrating Mother’s Day When Mom Isn’t Nearby

I haven't lived in the same state as my mom for the past seven years, and it has been rare for me to be with her on Mother's Day. However, being apart does not...

“Mommy, who made my dress?” – Fashion Revolution Week 2019

Two years ago, my daughter asked me a simple question: "Mommy, who made my dress?" I told her that someone who worked for the clothing company made her dress, but I knew that the...

5 Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life

Decluttering is one of my love languages. A good closet purge and toy room clean-out speak to me in a way that the sweetest sonnet never could. And, I'll admit it, I got swept...

Planting Paperwhite Bulbs Indoors: A Kid-Friendly Winter Activity with a Taste of Spring

Winter days are short, and the addition of rain and snow can keep us inside more than we’d like. A fun way to add a little Springtime cheer during the colder months is to...