Shannon Williams

Shannon is a writer, reader, Minnesota native, and Enneagram 1. She and her husband have always been overachievers so they kicked off this whole parenting thing by having three kids in two years. She believes firmly in the power of iced coffee, books, and pedicures. You can find her scribbling her thoughts on motherhood and life at and see her day-in-the-life chaos over on Instagram.
Mother with baby paying bills online in kitchen - morning routine reality check

Morning Routine Reality Check

Moms, how is your morning routine coming along? That well, huh? Please feel free to share this morning routine reality check with all your mom friends.  Ah, morning routines. There’s something about the allure of...
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2022 Permission to Proceed with Caution

Happy 2022! For some of us, a new year means sketching out goals and plans for the coming months. For others, maybe the calendar has rolled over. Still, it’s mostly another day, another month, to...
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The Resolution of Routine

Routine. It’s a word that brings to mind a certain amount of dullness. Doing something “as a matter of routine” sounds like you work either in a courtroom or a government agency, neither of...
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Thankful Leaves

It's become a tradition worth documenting: each November, I create a pile of leaves out of paper, a hole punch, and a length of string. Every night at dinner in the days leading up...

A Winter Prep List

I am one of the approximately three people who have never watched a single episode of Game of Thrones. (I know.) Yet even I know its tagline: Winter is coming. Maybe (ahem, definitely) because I’ve...
Cup of hot cocoa and an open book. Books to Re-Read this fall

Books To (Re)Read This Fall

Hello, my name is Shannon. (Hi, Shannon!) I am a serial re-reader of books. I come by this honestly. I was the type of kid who devoured stacks of books at a time. There...

To the Siblings Left Behind

I had prepped all summer for my oldest kids, the twins, to head off to Kindergarten.  We prepared in tangible ways. I checked off the list of school supplies: crayons (both twistable and regular), scissors,...
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Parenting Battles I’m No Longer Interested In Fighting

We’re all familiar with the parenting adage to “choose your battles.” I’ve certainly found it easier over the years to hold on to some things and release others from my hands. I can’t nitpick...
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The Kids Will Be Fine

A year ago, when the world shut down, I did what any reasonable Type-A person would do: immediately crafted a schedule to structure my days with a four-year-old and twin six-year-olds. Included were daily...

Entering My Kids’ Middle Years

How old are your little ones? Maybe they're not so small and you're entering your kids' middle years, you already know things are beginning to shift in your home. It can both provide freedom...

What Self-Care Isn’t

Self-care. Could there be a buzzier, more millennial mom catch-phrase than that? Honestly, I roll my eyes a little at myself just typing it. Not at what it entails: I am here for all the self-care....

Scream Day

Does anyone else feel like they could walk out to their backyard… ...or lock themselves in the bathroom… ...or drive around alone in the car... ...or shove their face into a pillow... ...and let out one long, loud,...

The Course of a Week

“Do less. We can focus on 50-70% of the stuff we did before the crisis hit.” This statement was included in an email I received last March about self-care. I saved these words and came...

Not For Me

A few years ago, after a scroll through Instagram, I decided I was going to become a gardener. Or at least I was going to plant some things and weed them and water them...