About Ponytails and Princesses

Elizabeth puts her three degrees to good use as a stay-at-home mom (or this is the lie she tells herself). She has two daughters who make her smile and laugh daily (“daily” = “on the good days”). She also shares her maternal love with her French Bulldog, who doesn’t differ too much from the kids (except definitely more drool). She always tries to keep a sense of humor about the triumphs and trials of motherhood and is not above poking a little fun at herself (and, yes, at her precious littles, too). After years of hearing people say things like, “You really should write all this down in a book or something,” she’s finally taken this advice and entered the blogging world (and thinks the word “blog” is just really fun to say).

DIY Dollhouse for an 18 Inch Doll

By |October 18th, 2017|

*Note:  I take no responsibility for the awesome outfits my girls have their dolls dressed in.  They are blooming stylists, what can I say??
My girls love their American Girl dolls […]

Kicked Out of a Christian Camp

By |October 10th, 2017|

So, my five-year-old is not perfect.  Shocker, right?!  To be more specific, she’s a very passionate child.  You know, now that I stop to think about that… maybe she IS […]

The Day I Got Bullied At the Park… As an Adult

By |August 21st, 2017|

We talk all the time to children about bullies – what to look out for, how to stand up for yourself, how to exit the situation.  We discuss how to […]

Things I Don’t Want to Hear When I’m Eating

By |July 24th, 2017|

When I’m enjoying some food, there are certain things I just don’t want to hear.
Now, you may be thinking of some obvious things, like really grotesque topics, and those would […]

Becoming a Mother Enabled Me to Reach my Career Potential

By |July 13th, 2017|

Once Upon a Time, I Didn’t Know What I Wanted To Be When I Grew Up
When I was in elementary school, I was surrounded by fellow students who all seemed […]

Lessons in Rudeness, Learned at the Zoo

By |July 6th, 2017|

My kids and I have always loved the zoo.  We go to any zoo we can get our hands on, but our “home” zoo is Brookfield Zoo.  Ever since they […]

Reminder: Having Kids Has Awesome Benefits

By |June 27th, 2017|

We parents love to complain about our kids.
We post memes and share blogs that make us nod our heads and murmur, “mmmhmm. SO true.” And I believe we gain some […]

Father’s Day: Beyond the Card

By |June 15th, 2017|

Father’s Day is approaching! I know this because Target put out their selection of Father’s Day cards about, oh, three months ago (what is with […]

When Daddy Travels

By |June 9th, 2017|

My precious offspring,

Daddy’s work requires him to travel quite a bit, and usually for around a week at a time.  You know this well – it’s […]

The Precious Preschool Era

By |June 2nd, 2017|

In the morning, my oldest daughter was going to her first ever day of preschool.
I had wanted to wait until she was three years old, which she had turned in […]

The Joys of Getting My Five Year Old Dressed

By |May 31st, 2017|

I don’t say that just because Chicago area winters and transitional seasons are rough (I used to think people were crazy for living here, so […]

A Momma As Seen through Her Child’s Eyes

By |May 23rd, 2017|


Typically, a young child thinks his or her mom is the most beautiful lady in the world.  On numerous occasions, I’ve heard this sweet […]

Kids Are Never Satisfied

By |May 18th, 2017|

I’ve come to the realization that children never are fully satisfied.
They always want more.  More candy, more toys, more allowance.  More, more, more.   Or they want something different than what […]

The Weight of the World on Tiny Shoulders

By |May 15th, 2017|

As parents, we often try to make childhood magical for our little ones, presenting the world around us as a nearly flawless wonderland.
We edit out most of the problems.  And, […]