Shannon Williams

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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 shannonscribbles.net and see her day-in-the-life chaos over on Instagram.

Summer Checklist – Your Key to Survival!

Ahhh, summer. The sun is shining, the lakes are sparkling, the drinks are cold…and the children are home from school. *insert record scratch sound here* This is the first summer my husband and I are both...
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To the In-Between Parents

This is for the in-between parents. Those of us who haven't picked a concrete parenting style or chosen a side or a team. It's for those who have dabbled a little in free-range and...
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Let’s Talk A Twin vs. Singleton Pregnancy

I found out in a dark ultrasound room at my very first nine-week appointment, with cool gel spread over my still mostly-flat stomach, my husband sitting in a chair near my feet. “Congratulations!” the ultrasound...
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5 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Coffee Game in 2022

It's the simple things in life that keep us mamas going, right? Our morning brew is the perfect way to start our day. But has your coffee routine becomes just that...routine. Maybe you need...
Happy mother and son are sitting on sofa and watching tv together. - Bluey

8 Ways Bluey is the Most Relatable Kids Show

Has anyone else been on a Bluey-binging spree? It caught my attention one day when I overheard my daughter watching it on her iPad. I know that watching shows with kids is supposed to win me...
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If Parents Wrote the Headlines

I don’t want to brush aside the importance of following along with the actual news. I typically start my day with a glance at the headlines and a podcast or two—but does anyone else feel like...
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...