Winners Announced from the Pine Cove Camps Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered my recent Pine Cove giveaway—I appreciate your support so much! I'm happy to announce the winners are . . . Hannah H — youth camp Elizabeth H — camp in the city Hannah and Elizabeth, my publicity team will be in touch via email with details about how to claim your prize. Keep an eye on your inbox! Welcome to Be the Mom! I'm so excited you're here. Be sure you're following me … [Read more...]

Guaranteed Weekly Date Night for Parents

As I connect with married moms I hear loud and clear your desire to have a date night with your husbands! I get it and I applaud you for knowing that dating your husband, while parenting, should be a priority. Do you, too, long for the opportunity to have a date night with your spouse? Do you feel cheated because you cannot manage to get out of the house and date night just keeps not happening? I have some very good news: You do not have to … [Read more...]

Bucket O’ Summer Fun

"Mom . . . I'm bored" is usually heard a couple of weeks into summer, and then we have to figure out what our kids might be able to do in order to be have some fun—whether it's a rainy day, a hot day, a cranky day, or we just want to keep our kids off of the electronics and up and moving or being creative! Take the time now, just before summer is in full swing, and fill a box with some fun activities that will keep your child engaged for a … [Read more...]

No-Rules, Kid-Friendly Summer

Yes, I just wrote that out loud : no-rules summer!  Call me crazy . . . or call me old and wise, but I do think I am on to something here! Every home needs rules to run smoothly, I get that, but come on . . . don’t you remember the thrill of summer when you were a kid? I sure do. I remember that giddy feeling of not having to study for three whole months and the promise of no schedules. (Yeah, remember when summer break was from Memorial … [Read more...]

Help For The Busy Mom

I have noticed we moms have a tendency to compare our "busyness schedules" when we meet up and greet each other! Being a busy mom should not be worn as a badge of honor; it should be an indicator that we may just need to slow down. I know that of which I speak . . . because I am, at times, a busy mom. However, when the busy word slips through my lips it also triggers a "warning signal" of sorts. I admit that when my momlife is filled with … [Read more...]

Danger to Children’s Growth

The other day my husband was talking about a leadership principal that involves the term analysis paralysis, and my ears perked up. When I asked him to explain further, he said leaders have to know when to take action, “It’s all about not over thinking things, it is ok to make mistakes because you will learn from them.” So that got me to thinking . . . if multimillion-dollar business leaders know that doing something and making mistakes leads … [Read more...]

Fear of Friendship

Friendship can be hard. The knowing and the being known by another human being requires such bravery and vulnerability. Remember when we were little ones and there was no fear attached to friendship. We simply embraced and curiously explored friendship—always giving our best and believing the best. Then with years and experiences came the doubts. Doubts about her . . . doubts about me. It is so hard to believe the possibility of the … [Read more...]

‘A Beautiful Mess’ Launch | Pine Cove Giveaway

Exciting things have been happening around the Eyster household. My son is graduating this year; my daughter is getting married. Things are changing—and it's exciting! On top of all of this, my redesigned website launched this month and the book I co-wrote with Sherry Surratt, Beautiful Mess, released in conjunction with the release of the fab movie Moms' Night Out (which you NEED to see if you haven't yet)! Will you help me celebrate?! To … [Read more...]

‘Beautiful Mess’ Moms

The big launch of Beautiful Mess is here, and I couldn’t be more excited to see what God is going to do in the hearts of moms through this wonderful Bible Study written just for moms . . . by moms. The entire team at LifeWay that worked hard to get Beautiful Mess into your hands this spring was a joy to work with, and we all really enjoyed the process. It is out belief that God does seem to be up to something big through Beautiful Mess. For … [Read more...]