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Crated With Love & WeCraft Subscription Box Staycation Date Night & Kids Box

This month though – I had a surprise for them. Not only did I get a date night box for their dad and I to do, but I also got a box for the KIDS and I to do together! 

Crated With Love (one of my most favorite date night subscription box options) recently teamed up with a company called WeCraft to offer what they’re calling their “Staycation” package. For $50 you get BOTH subscription boxes – a Subscription Box Staycation ….aaand….wait for it…you ALSO get $20 in gift vouchers toward the two companies to use for future boxes! I do a cost breakdown at the bottom of this post so you can see how awesome of a deal this is. In the meantime, check out all the fun we had on our ‘subscription box staycation’: Read more…

ThredUp’s Goody Boxes – A StitchFix Alternative Sustainable Clothing Subscription Box

So you don’t have the time to shop for yourself, and you’re thinking either: 
A) I wish there was a more affordable StitchFix alternative out there. OR
B) I wish someone would pick out some pre-owned fashionable clothing for me and then a big box just shows up on my doorstep, like a sustainable clothing subscription box.  

Then you need to listen up because if you haven’t yet tried out ThredUp’s Goody Boxes, you need to. STAT. Read more…

What Is Tully About? More Than You Might Realize. The Deeper Layers No One Else Is Talking About

So you now the movie Tully that’s out right now? If you’re a mom, and/or part of mom groups, you’ve probably seen the movie discussed. The trailers show a slightly humorous depiction of the hard times of early motherhood. Then a night nanny is hired. Overall it looks like a kind of sweet, emotional, realistic tribute to motherhood. Right? 

But maybe a blogger you follow criticized the twist of the movie, stating that Read more…

How To Know When You’re Done Having Kids

Nearly a decade ago, KP and I become open to starting a family. It took us, however, 2 years of trying before I got pregnant with my first child. Once during that time, when my life was measured in fertility cycles and single pink lines, I tried to image myself in a future time of life, at the end of family building. If we were blessed to have any children at all, how would we know when we’d be done having kids? That stage of life seemed so far away, so impossible. There I was, deeply longing for the fulfillment of the fertility I believed I was supposed to have – how could I ever long for its cessation? The thought was impossible to imagine. 

But now? Almost 10 years later?
Now I have three kids. And I am D.O.N.E. 
I think?
No, wait. Read more…

Kids Night In Review – Spend Quality Time w/Your Kids Subscription Box

Yes, this is their NOVEMBER 2017 box. Yes, I know. Whatever. Ignore what month it now is, and enjoy this cool box offering that Night In Boxes have recently put together. I’ve reviewed their Date Night In boxes before, but they’ve also put together a line of subscription boxes to do with your kids called Kids Night In Boxes!

I know there’s other kid subscription boxes out there. We do some of the other subscription boxes, like Kiwi Crate, Little Passports and History Unboxed as well, but those are more educational in nature. Kids Night In boxes are geared toward quality time spent with your kids…kind of like a parent-kid play date. That comes in a box. So that you can just be an awesome parent without even having to try. 🙂 Read more…

How I Never Go Grocery Shopping Anymore. Like, For Real.

For the past year or so I’ve been experimenting and researching different ways to get healthy groceries for a decent price — and even better delivered straight to me(!!) so I don’t have to drag my three small kids out of the house and down grocery store aisles. Gah. Even just the thought of that exhausts me. Three kids is no joke y’all.

Here’s how I never go grocery shopping anymore: Read more…

Why Having Three Kids is Hard, Why I’m Losing My Mind…and Why I’m Ok With It.

Y’all, it’s been a summer. A long summer. Having three kids is hard. I love them a million times each, I do. But. Goodness gracious. 

A couple years ago, some friends of ours, who’d just had their third child, jokingly gave KP and I some advice. “Don’t have a third kid”, they joked.

They were probably only HALF joking.  Read more…

How I Home School the “Lazy Homeschooling” Way

There’s a lot of homeschooling blogs out there. The Screenwriter’s Wife is not one of them. While I might be homeschooling my daughter at the moment, I don’t really label myself as a “home school mom” either. I don’t know how long I’ll home school her or if I’ll also do so with the boys. I’m just doing what fits for right now. And right now, what fits is something I call “lazy homeschooling”. 

I dabbled in homeschooling last year for TK (Transitional Kindergarten, a program here in CA for kids who turn 5 from Sept-Nov.), and will be doing it a bit more formally this coming year for the “official” Kindergarten year. I’m mostly using 1st grade materials though. One of my favorite things about homeschooling (so far at least) is that I can teach my daughter using whatever materials I think are best for her to learn. Since my daughter’s on the cusp of the “official grade level cutoff” anyway, I like being free from this arbitrary constraint. Read more…

Freddie’s Home Birth Story – The 13hr Tale of Stalled Labor, a maybe Nuchal Hand, Cervical Lip, and Older Sibling Chaos

Something was different – and much more difficult – with this labor & birth than with my first two. I struggled to put my finger on it at first, but in the end, I realized that my labor turned out to be one huge summation of my feelings on the entire pregnancy. Because, see, unlike with my previous two births, I didn’t feel strong and womanly being pregnant this time around. This time I felt weak and anxious and awkward and just wanted the whole thing done with.

And apparently all that carried over into what became my most trying labor experience of all.  Read more…

Who Wants A FREE Essential Oils for Labor Printable? aka I Over-Research All The Things

Since I’m getting close to delivering my third child and planning another natural birth, I’ve recently been researching essential oils to use during labor this time around. Because why not? Right?

Turns out, there’s a TON of information out there to wade through as far as what oils to use in labor. And because I’m weird like that, of course I had to go on a whole fact-finding mission and search every. single. website. I. could. find. on essential oils in labor and compile all the information into an excel document so I could sort the best – and most popular – oil suggestions.  Read more…

Why I’m Planning To Have a Home Birth. Yes, For the Third Time.

You know how when you’re talking to someone you’ve just met, and your conversation follows the usual social mores about weather or occupations or where you’re from originally, or whatever? Well, if you’re a mom of littles and you’re conversing with another mom of littles, at some point, you talk about your birth experience(s).

NOT because we’re all trying to secretly judge each other (not all moms are as vindictive and petty as all the online magazines and mom blog articles like to portray us, ok?) – but because the process of giving birth is typically, like, a pretty big deal event to a woman. And talking about our birth stories with other women – who actually get why we have this crazy strong need to have to talk about them – somehow creates this weird motherly and womanly unifying bond of having been in the trenches together.

So yes, I kind of like hearing birth stories. No matter how they happened.

Even still, I always get a; bit, um, cautious, when it comes to how to approach my previous birth stories or current birth plans when in conversation. I find myself reading the crowd carefully before I start sharing too much.  Read more…

How to Enjoy Las Vegas With Young Kids In Tow

We just got back from a quick 2-night stay in Las Vegas. Yes, with our two young kids. Yes, and while I’m pregnant.

Though Vegas might not initially seem the prime vacation spot in our given situation, it ended up being a perfect trip for us. And it could be for you too – just because you have young kids (or don’t or can’t drink) it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a Vegas Vacation and I’m here to show you how you can do it too!  Read more…

Do I Regret Having Kids? Here’s Why I Had Children.

As you may know, I’m currently pregnant with my third child. And oddly, I find myself questioning my motive for this pregnancy much more than I did with either of my first two children. I’ve been stumbling into articles about “why have kids?” or about the anti-natalism or childfree movements – and it seems there’s a lot of belief out there that parenthood, and especially motherhood, not only holds one back from a more ‘significant’ and ‘productive’ potential, but also leaves a person in denial of their regret over the loss of that once-childfree-potential. Instead, parenthood is consumed by the mind-numbing-ness of dirty diapers, tantruming toddlers, never-ending carpools, bratty preteens, and rebellious teenagers…when you know, they could actually be doing something meaningful with their lives otherwise. Many use this as a reason to remain childfree, a choice that they believe will allow them to lead better, happier, more fulfilling lives than if they had chosen to reproduce. Read more…

My Journey to Having A Third Kid

So I’m pregnant and having a third kid. I’ve already got a daughter and son. Why in the world would I want another kid? Here’s my journey to how I got here.

I’m the oldest of 6 kids. I grew up in a community where most families had at least 2 children, and families of 4 or more were fairly common. I always assumed I’d have my own kids one day because, well, it’s all I really knew. However, though I liked the idea of my kids having lots of siblings like I did, I also knew how much work kids were and I didn’t want to do the work of raising a bunch of kids myself, lol, so I figured my own family one day would be a bit smaller.

Fast forward many years to KP and I seriously dating. Read more…

Peck Family 2016 Christmas Vegas Vacation

If you know me, you probably think I’m one of the last people ever to enjoy Las Vegas. I mean, I like eating and drinking and hanging out by the pool and all that – but I’m not really a huge fan of crowds and loud music and the party scene. However, for some reason, I really like Las Vegas. In small doses of course.

Having kids has changed the way we’re able to do Vegas, but that hasn’t stopped us from making the 4-5 hour trip out there from L.A. I went once when pregnant with my daughter, once when she was a baby, once when my son was a baby, and now we just went again this week with both kids AND with being pregnant.  Read more…

Grove Collaborative or Amazon Subscribe & Save for Natural Cleaning Products?

If you’ve heard of Grove Collaborative, you may be be wondering: Grove Collaborative or Amazon Subscribe & Save? What’s the difference? Is one option better than the other?  (if you’re interested in buying natural food groceries online too, you might enjoy this post: Where to Buy Natural Food Online Groceries (& promo codes) ) I […] Read more…

“The Good Dinosaur” Birthday Party – A Dinosaur Party For Girls & Boys

My daughter turned 5 this weekend. Months and months and months ago, she decided she wanted a The Good Dinosaur birthday party. I’d never planned a “real” kids birthday party and my daughter never wavered on what she wanted.  In the months before the party, C and I would spend time on Pinterest researching and pinning […] Read more…