Lauren M

Lauren M. is a native Houstonian who now lives one street over from the house where she grew up in Sugar Land. After a brief fling with Austin where she received her Bachelors Degree in English Lit from Southwestern University, she returned home to attempt to write the great American novel {or, you know, the next Harry Potter series}. A short while later a friend recruited her for a kickball league where she met a tall, handsome engineer who quite literally swept her off her feet. After tying the knot in 2014, they soon welcomed their first son Raleigh {October 2015}, and little brothers Renner {January 2018} and Rafe {September 2021}. When not chasing around her three crazy Texas tornados and reveling in the boy mom life, Lauren has discovered a newfound passion for photography and Photoshop, creating whimsical family portraits at @andwhetherpigshavewings on Instagram. You can also find her at @polyjuiceandpixiedust .

8 Fun and Easy Halloween Treats and Snacks

Updated October 2023 Double, double toil and trouble;  Fire burn and cauldron bubble. Tis the season for spooky treats, For my little goblins to eat. Between kindergarten and preschool celebrations, neighborhood "boo-ing" and various other holiday treat exchanges, it...
back to school baskets

Celebrating the End of Summer and Back to School

My friends tell me this is quite the unpopular opinion, but I'll be perfectly honest with you. I hate the end of summer. Don't get me wrong, I'm totally over Houston's hotter than Hades...
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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Preschoolers

We've finally made it to the month of May, and boy ever am I ready for summer {well, minus the hundred degree weather...}. I'm looking forward to a break from packing lunches, school pick...
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Eggcellent Easter Activities for Kids

We made it! Winter is over, the kids have finally adjusted to the hell known as Daylight Savings, and the first big wave of pollen has - mostly - passed us by. That means...

Leprechaun Trap:: A St. Patrick’s Day STEM Activity

Step aside Elf on the Shelf, there's a new wee little man in town. He's pint-sized, has an affinity for the color green, is notoriously hard to catch, and best of all, all the...

Cupid’s Favorite Holiday: Valentine’s Day Activities to Do At Home

I'm gonna level with you right now and straight-up admit that I've never been a big fan of Valentine's Day. Maybe it's a holdover from my awkward teenage years when I generally spent the...
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Marie Kondo and Embracing the Chaos of Living with Kids

As a mother of three, I've faced all the chaos of living with kids. Stomach viruses. Toys stuffed down the toilet. Diaper blowouts at the zoo without backup clothing. But there is nothing -...

Settling the Great Debate: Why I Decorate Early for Christmas

Amidst political debates, disagreements over whether Ross and Rachel were really on a break, and arguments over doing away with daylight savings {just kidding, everyone's in agreement on that one}, I think there's one...

How to Plan a Spell-tacular Hocus Pocus Party

Come little children, I'll take thee away. Into a land of enchantment... I will never forget my first viewing of Hocus Pocus. It was summer 1993 (why they released it in July, I will never...
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When the Postpartum Anxiety Never Fades

I thought it would go away. That tidal wave of anxiety that threatened to drown me after the birth of each one of my children. With my first I suffered through it without getting...