Family, Joyful Living, Parenting

Why Do We Make Parenting So Complicated?

Think for yourself, or others will think for you without thinking of you.” – Henry David Thoreau Bonjour! Let me preface this post by saying that when I entered the wet and wild world of parenting, I knew nothing about children and child-reading. Scratch that: I knew less than nothing. The learning curve was steep,… Continue reading Why Do We Make Parenting So Complicated?

Joyful Living

2022 Blog Year in Review

Bonjour! Thank you for being a part of Joie de Vivre this year! I started 2022 with some bold plans and a commitment to posting once per week - which I mostly did. I also revisited and revised my Joyful Living Mission Statement to reflect my personal values of authenticity, sustainability, and joy. As we… Continue reading 2022 Blog Year in Review

Family, Pregnancy

Hospital Packing List for Due Day

Bonjour! As Due Day for le bébé approaches - just four short weeks from today - I've been thinking about packing my hospital bag for labor and delivery (and how L'Husband can support me). Today's post shares some resources and tips as well as my own hospital packing list. L'Husband has been encouraging me to… Continue reading Hospital Packing List for Due Day

Family, Parenting, Pregnancy, Wellness

The Problem with Mommy Drinking Culture

Bonjour! When my friend, Ryan, was pregnant with her second child in 2018, I flew from Milwaukee, Wisconsin (my home at the time) to Birmingham, Alabama (the state where I grew up) to attend her baby sprinkle. It was lovely to visit one of my former home states, to see daffodils blooming in February, and… Continue reading The Problem with Mommy Drinking Culture