Allison Hughes-Randall

Allison is a New England transplant, originally from Pittsburgh, PA having moved to Bethel in 2010 from Columbus, OH. She and her husband are the parents of a miracle daughter (September 2012.) Allison is a 30 year cancer survivor and spends a great deal of time raising money for the American Cancer Society. When she isn't playing with her daughter, hosting a fundraiser, running a women's group, a mom's group, working on the craft -du-jour or baking, she's either asleep or wondering what's next...
A mom pushing her toddler on a swing.

The Future is Bright: Ready, Set, Grow!

“You’ll look back on these days and wish you could have them back.” As parents, we’ve all heard this statement, or some version, at least a million times. It’s always struck me as somewhat...
A mother and father reading a book to their son.

One Is Not the Loneliest Number

The WHEN questions started after my husband, and I had been dating for a few months. “When are you getting married?” The day after we got married, we were asked, “When will you start...
A mom holding her daugher.

Forever Young

There are too many candles on my cake. I know, 40 isn't that old. It's the new 30, right? Well, I practically had a nervous breakdown when I turned 30, so this turning 40...

Scrapbooking: How I Capture the Memories

I love to scrapbook, and I’m at my most creative when trying to preserve my daughter’s growth through pictures. I adore the process of choosing the paper colors, patterns, accents, and the personal feel...
Moms judging other moms.

Stop the Mom Shaming

I’m 16 months into this mom thing, and the one thing that still really shocks me is judgments made by other moms and all the mom shaming. Sure, I know an opinionated person when I...
A mom at the playground watching her son on the slide.

The Moms You Meet at the Playground

Last year was my first playground summer. I learned a lot about parenting by watching the other moms around me - what I should and shouldn't do. Here is a list of who you...
summer camp

How to Create Your Own Summer Camp

My friends and I created our own camp last summer. We wanted to make the summer fun for our kids and keep them busy and active. We also did not want to spend a...

The Mom Christmas List: 10 Things I Need to Tell Myself This Holiday Season

I used to love Christmas. Actually, I still do, but with a child in the thick of presents and Santa and all that goes with it, plus a husband that is way more Bah...

Fashion is Fickle and the Other Beauty Realities of This Mom’s Life

Many of my fellow bloggers have posts about the latest fashions, seasonal accessories and beauty trends.  They are all spot on and look fabulous all the time. This is not a post to dis...

Under The Knife: When Mommy Has Surgery

As if parenting weren't hard enough as is, needing to have surgery while parenting is a whole other ball of wax. I've had this happen twice since the birth of my daughter (she is...