Shann grew up in the Milwaukee area, but escaped briefly to attend school in Arizona. Missing her family and the Wisconsin weather, she returned to get her Master's Degree at Marquette University. Shann now is a boy mom to twins and a grade-schooler. When she's not buried under a pile of laundry, she's teaching ballet, volunteering at school, or writing on her blog.
slowing time

The Magical Art of Slowing Time Down

If you're anything like me, you catch yourself saying, "How is it already fall?" or "How did my kids get so big?" It seems like every year time goes faster and faster. One minute...

Old Mom:: How I’m Feeling and Dealing With This Stage

With another birthday just passing me by and the boys starting another year of school, I've been feeling my age lately. I've been feeling like an old mom. If I'm honest, not just an old...
before motherhood

Before Motherhood:: Five Things I Miss About Myself

I don't think I'm alone in saying that being a mom has completely changed my life. It has also drastically changed who I have become as a person. Not all of those changes are...
Stay at Home Mom

Being a Stay at Home Mom While the Kids Are in School

When someone asks me what I do, I want to say everything. Or nothing. Instead, I say I'm a Stay at Home Mom. When I tell them my kids are in school, they give me a...
School is hard

I Loved Learning But My Child Struggles at School

School is an entirely different ballgame these days. Full days of Kindergarten, common core math, and technology for everything. It moves at a faster pace and academics are stressed at a very early age....

Grandparents:: The Most Important Members of Our Tribe

There is so much talk about how important your "tribe" is today. Don't get me wrong, finding supportive friends is amazing, helpful, and definitely needed. However, the most critical part of my family's tribe...

Pumping and Breastfeeding :: Why I Did Both

I had a love/hate relationship with breastfeeding. I had a hate/hate relationship with pumping. Yet, I did both. Learning to breastfeed my oldest child was difficult. As a first-time mom, I had no idea how...
workout motivation

Workout Motivation:: How I Found My “Why”

I have not always loved working out. In fact, I used to hate it.  To me, working out meant a) running, which I hate or b) using a super boring machine at the gym. This isn't to say I...
preemie mom

The Extras When You’re a Preemie Mom

I've been a preemie mom for over 6 years now. As with any aspect of motherhood, it's something that lasts your whole life. Things don't just go back to "normal" once your baby comes home...