Mom Confession: YouTube Makes My Life Easier

I used to be a little bitter when I cooked dinner and then my husband didn't do the dishes. To be fair, most nights he would, but some nights, not so much. I would also hate my life when the laundry needing to be folded piled up on my bed throughout the day and I could no longer see the other side of my...Read More

My Favorites and Yours – 2016

It's the end of another year. A year filled with ups and downs, successes and failures, diagnoses and treatments, and more mothering than I ever thought possible. As much as I am looking forward to the new mercies I'm praying 2017 will bring, I wanted to end this year well, and with all of you. I cannot tell you how much Not The Former...Read More

3d Summer Fun (Without Screens!)

Please know, although I  was compensated for my time reviewing this product and hosting the giveaway, the opinions expressed within are 100% my own. Thank you for your continued support of my family! Summer and I have an on again, off again relationship. I love the slower pace. I love the night swims. I love the idea that we can do whatever we want for...Read More

Parents Gone Wild

My children will be leaving tomorrow to see their dad for a few days. There will be anxiety and pressure. There will be fun trips to places they rarely see. There will be treats and late bedtimes. There will be a transition home that I am trying to not to think about. And let's just be honest, there will be two parents, desperately in...Read More

A Personal Note From Shawna

Dear Not The Former Things Reader,   I am so grateful that you are here. I consider it an honor and a privilege that you take time out of your already crazy busy days, to read whatever feeble words I have managed to cobble together in the midst of my own crazy (can I get a witness?). As life is getting more and more...Read More