Karlie was raised in a small town, a little north of Green Bay. After spending some time in Stevens Point pursuing her psychology degree, she returned closer to home to settle in Green Bay. She met her husband while finishing her master’s degree and interning in his school. Karlie is currently a School Counselor with a passion for behavior therapy, and a full time mommy to an 8 month old son, Lane. As a first time mommy, Karlie is learning to navigate the world of mommyhood and loves to share her experiences and many, many mistakes with anyone willing to listen.
terrible twos

Managing Expectations

  Terrible twos? Two years old.  I feel like I get a look of sympathy and understanding every time I say my son is two.  We all know and have heard about the 'terrible twos'.  Is...
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Workin’ Moms

I am a huge advocate for self care.  You cannot pour from an empty cup.  I never judge anyone for what they choose to do for self care, and although I am an advocate...
Surviving Snow Days

Surviving Snow Days

I am on day three of snow days this week, and another coming tomorrow.  I haven't left my house in three full days.  I am beginning to believe that no one knows any other words than "mama" at varying levels of volume.  Although I may be closer and closer to starting to drink wine at noon, there are some activities that I have been doing with my boys that have helped beat some winter blues.
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Play, Play, Play!

Albert Einstein once said, "Play is the highest form of research." I have that quote on our play room wall. He is not wrong. As an educator, I am surrounded by little people every...
You're going to miss this

You’re Going to Miss This

I'm learning that happiness is all about perspective. Grass isn't greener on the other side - it is greener where you water it. So yes, my kitchen is a mess, I would highly suggest not eating the food that falls on my floors, and there is so much laundry to be done. But my boys are happy and I am spending every moment I can watching and helping them grow.

My Least Favorite Word

I have a new least favorite word. You may be thinking that you have probably never given thought to your least, or even most favorite word, however I work with elementary students. My job has allowed me to be able to spend time to think of my least and most favorite in a variety of categories, often needing my second and third most favorite as well. Regardless, my new least favorite word is: nope.

An Educator’s Perspective

I am an educator, and I am a mother, and I will take on the responsibility of every child that walks through my classroom door; however, I can only hope that one day I will be confident that my child will be safe inside the walls of a school. 
The Kindness Challenge

The Great Kindness Challenge

Our current world focuses so much on negative publicity, politics, and instances, a little kindness can go a long way! Share with us your stories of kindness.
I'm growing a tiny huma

I’m Growing A Tiny Human.

I rarely had anyone make comments on my weight prior to being pregnant. Why is it suddenly okay to make comments now that I was?  I am no less self-conscious about my changing body now that I am pregnant and I know I am going to be growing, but I still do not welcome comments about my weight.
Congrats, you're pregnant

Congrats, you’re pregnant!

Today, 5 months pregnant and counting, I am beginning to get excited about the upcoming arrival of our little squish. I'm looking for the positives, enjoying the moments I have right now with my son while he is my only son, and dreaming of how awesome of a big brother he is going to be.