My name is Lara, and I like to wear hats. The hats I wear are a bit more on the figurative side, but I like literal hats, too.
The hat I wear most often is my Mom to Three Daughters Hat. It used to look like this, and it is my favorite hat. It wasn’t always pretty and was usually pretty dirty, but it brings me more joy than any other hat I own.
- A Joyful Mother of Children
- Why Moms Yell—5 Anger Triggers and How to Fix Them
- Why I Quit My Job to Stay Home with My Teenagers
- How Changing the Way You Dress Can Make You a Better Mom
- How Full is Your Mom Account
In 2023, 18 years after I started this website, my daughters aren’t little anymore. But I still wear my Mom Hat on a daily basis for these three much bigger girls!
- 16 Things Your Teenage Daughter Needs to Hear From You
- 10 Warning Signs Your Child’s Best Friend is a Bully
- 7 Things Your Strong Willed Child Needs
- Why Your Teenager Doesn’t Want to Talk to You
- Stop Nagging Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth
I have a Wife Hat, too. It’s pretty amazing, because it means I get to be married to this guy and take part in his awesomeness every day of my life. He is a Professor of Music at the local university and conducts orchestras for a living.
I met my husband while I was wearing my Singer Hat. For a while, this hat got hung up in the back of my closet and rarely came out except to sing lullabies to my children. It has been dusted off in the last few years, though, and I have had many opportunities to wear it, along with some pretty amazing dresses.
- My Secret Life
- Grant us Peace
- To Be the Giver of a Gift
- On Habits and Hope
- On Straight Lines and Developing Gifts
I have more recently acquired a Photographer Hat, which has brought a new kind of happiness to my life. It’s one of my favorite hobbies and I sometimes share a few photography tutorials here with you.
After the kids have gone to sleep at night, I like to get out my Reading Hat and cuddle up in bed with a good book. There’s nothing quite like it for recharging the soul and being ready to put the Mom Hat back on in the morning. Plus, I like to review the books I am reading sometimes on my blog. I’m also passionate about teaching my children to love reading, so I talk a lot about reading for kids as well.
- 7 Middle Grade Books That Teach Kids Empathy
- 12 Easy Chapter Book Series for Early Readers
- 10 Read Aloud Books Your Kids Will Love
- 35 Diary Style Book Series for Kids Who Love Dork Diaries
- How to Encourage Your Child to Read When They Don’t Want to Sit Still
In the course of reading this blog, you may discover that I occasionally wear several other hats. I have an LDS hat which is a very special hat—my faith is an integral part of who I am. Sometimes I get out my Sewing and Crafty Hats, but if I’m going to be crafty at all, I’m usually doing it in my Home Prettifying Hat.
- Is Your Room Mommy Clean Printable
- Household Goods Checklist Printable
- Happy Birthday Coupons
- Easter Week Printables
- Orange You Glad It’s Summer? Printable
- Summer Theme Days Printable
- Teacher Appreciation Printable Cards
- Printable Summer Reading Log
- You’re the Balm Valentine’s Day Printable
- Christmas Wish List Printable
- Thanksgiving Gratitude Jar Printable
- Service Advent Printable
I really like to put on my World Traveler Hat whenever I can. I especially love to travel with my family, but girls’ getaways with my friends are refreshing and help me come back to being a mom with more purpose.
- How to Vacation in Hawaii on a Budget
- Budget Friendly Things to Do on Mackinac Island
- Planning a Disney Trip? 4 Things to Do Before You Go
- Make Road Trips More Memorable With Kids’ Vacation Journals
- 5 Things I Wish I’d Brought Camping
I wear a Gluten Free Hat because I have to. My youngest daughter has Celiac and I am also gluten-free. I love to share tips for gluten-free living and some of the GF recipes my husband comes up with (he’s the one with the Chef Hat at our house, not me!).
- The Best Gluten-free Waffles
- Celebrating Birthdays: What To Do About the Gluten-free Kid
- Five Tips to Help You Transition to Gluten-Free
- Gluten-free Salted Caramel Cookie Bars
- Gluten-free Mint Brownies
All women have lives that are overstuffed—each of us wears many different hats. Hopefully, you’re able to find something here that will help you wear your own hats with more joy! My hope is to simplify stuff like cleaning the house so we can really focus on living a truly joyful life!
- How to Keep Your House Clean When You Don’t Have Time to Clean
- 30-day Declutter Challenge
- 5 Simple Ways to Get Kids to Do Chores
- How to Have a Cleaner House in 15 Minutes a Day
- 5 Things You Must Do Before You Can Organize Your Life
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