Tag: family

5 Tips on How to Stay Connected to Your (Extended) Family

I remember when I was a little girl, my great uncle would host a New Years Eve party for our entire family. I remember running around with my cousins and making as much noise as we possibly could when midnight struck. Somewhere along the way the parties stopped happening, we all got older, and some people even started having kids. This past weekend we laid my great aunt to rest and while I’m still trying to figure out how the world will keep spinning without her, it was amazing to see and spend time with majority of my family. As the weekend concluded and I browsed all the pictures people had posted on Facebook, it made me realize I’ve missed my family quite bit and I want to make more of an effort to stay connected to them. (more…)

New Year, New Me, New Blog?

Happy New Year Royals! I know it’s been quite a while since you all heard from me, but your girl has been BUSY! Since my last post in October, I’ve started a new job, we’ve bought a house (and moved into said house), celebrated my birthday and James’s, booked a wedding venue, and had our housewarming. Don’t worry, in the coming weeks we will be talking all things wedding and house buying, so you will get more in-depth updates. To be honest, I have totally neglected you all and I’ve missed my blogging family, but with the start of the new year I want to reconnect with all of you and find a way to make blogging a part of my routine. I thought this would also be a good time to set some other goals and document them where I can easily check them. (more…)

Celebrate Style to Support The Siteman Cancer Center

I don’t know very many families that haven’t been touched by cancer in some way. According to the National Cancer Institute, over 1.6 million people would be diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and almost 600,000 of these people would die from the disease. Fortunately, that means one million people will be able to call themselves survivors and be able to continue living purposeful lives. Celebrate Style will be honoring these survivors and their fans with a fashion show benefiting the Siteman Cancer Center. (more…)

Insider’s Tip: How to Keep Your Babysitter Happy

The relationship between a family and a babysitter is unique. Parents entrust their most prized possession, their children, with a babysitter. They are rusting their sitter to be an extension of them; to uphold the house rules, keep their kids safe, and care for them the same way they would their own kids. In a way, babysitters often become part of the family so sometimes the lines of professionalism get a little blurry. The familial feelings are definitely not one-sided. I’ve only gotten to experience the babysitter perspective, but I can attest to the fact that after spending a lot of time with any family, they do begin to feel like my family. I’m ferociously protective over the kids and feel genuine pride when they accomplish great things. After working with many families, I’ve been in situations where I’ve been really happy with my job and others where I dreaded going. Upon reflection, I realized there are several things parents have done (subconsciously or not) to keep me happy and I think other parents could benefit from a few insider’s tips. (more…)