Well, hello! I’m Kelly.
I am a mom and a perfectionist. My top goal in life is to keep the latter in check so I can enjoy the former to the absolute fullest. Because this mommyhood gig? It’s pretty darn fun when you stop trying to be perfect all the time. To keep myself honest, I even wrote a book about it: Happy You, Happy Family: Find Your Recipe for Happiness in the Chaos of Parenting Life.
- Who I Live With: My husband Ty and my girls – 7-year-old Abby, 2-year-old Bailey, and newborn Charlie – plus a dog and five cats. Yes, five.
- What I Do With My Time: Play with my girls, make lists, study up on how to become a ninja mom when it comes to handling tantrums, eat an entire bag of Uncle Eddie’s cookies in one sitting, and make fun playlists for the whole family without resorting to Yo Gabba Gabba.
- Where I Live: Austin, Texas, where the weather is gorgeous 2 weeks out of the year and absolutely miserable from May to October. But those 2 weeks are totally worth it.
- Find Me: In your inbox or on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram. You can also drop me a line here.
What You’ll Find Here
Before my first child Abby was born, I had ideas. She was going to be born at a birthing center instead of a hospital, she wasn’t going to watch TV til the age of 5, and she wasn’t going to reinforce gender stereotypes by wearing pink.
Well. She was born by c-section, she watches approximately 3.5 movies each weekend, and her favorite color is pink – preferably in tutu form.
If you’ve ever gone into something – becoming a parent, starting a new job, buying a house – with visions of perfection dancing in your head, this blog is for you. Because it never quite turns out the way you pictured it, does it? And then you’re stuck feeling a bit like a failure on top of everything else.
This blog is about accepting the fact that we can’t make it perfect, but that doesn’t mean we’ll stop trying for the best. It’s about forgiving ourselves for the mistakes we make. But most of all, it’s about celebrating those delicious compromises that crop up at the intersection of perfect and good enough. Because when it comes down to it, I have to admit that pink tutus are pretty damn cute.
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