Author: Holly Crawshaw

A Year of New Days

We spent a lot of time with my grandparents growing up. We rode four-wheelers through the woods, cooked biscuits from scratch, and watched the same movies over and over again. One of those movies featured a favorite character of mine, Anne (with an ‘e’) Shirley.  There’s a quote by Anne that has always stuck with me: “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” I’m going to level with you – 2015 was not my best showing. I fell short…a lot. I lacked consistent quiet times, I was lazy in...

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Christmas Gifts That Won’t Clutter

We’ve all been there. It’s mid-March. The holidays have come and gone. The weather is slowly warming back up. Life has returned to normal. After the kids are in bed, you walk back through your quiet house, turning off lights, making lunches for the next day. As you’re about to head to bed (AKA catching up on Netflix shows), you peek into the kids rooms or the playroom. And you almost pass out. Because what you see looks like the aftermath of a nuclear explosion. All those toys, puzzles, and pop-up tents (that never fit back into their tiny...

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Just Wear The Stupid Gym Shorts

Am I the only Mama who feels like 5:00pm – 7:00pm are the worst hours of the day? I mean, what good occurs between 5:00pm – 7:00pm? Nobody likes what we had for dinner. You can smell my cat’s litter box from the driveway. The dishes are teetering over the edge of the sink. I can’t understand my 1st grader’s homework. I’m tired. My girls are tired. Let’s be honest – even the cat’s in a bad mood. And yet… it’s still… not… bedtime. I call these hours the Evening Vortex. It’s never-ending. If you call or text me...

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I Feel Like a Failure

I just got off the phone with my best friend since 7th grade. Her name is Megan*, and she is one of my favorite people on Earth. First, she makes a mean grilled cheese, and second, she is one of the most loyal people I know. Now, between Megan and I, there are five kids. We’re lucky to get a few texts out to each other a day. They usually look like this: Me: Ezzy peed on the white rug. I need a new one. Megan: I could use a few throw pillows. Me: Home Goods? Megan: Tuesday? Me:...

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How Bad Moms Can Get a Win

Now, we all know we aren’t bad moms. Like, we’re not withholding meals as a form of punishment or locking our kids in closets for a week (not that we haven’t briefly contemplated that). But what I mean is, there are some of us who aren’t a mom’s mom. In the American Literature classic, The Awakening, Adele Ratignolle is described as a “mother-woman.” A mother-woman is the mom who patiently sits in the floor and watches as their child tries to fit the square block through the square hole seventy-three times until they find success. A mother-woman gets out...

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