Mandy Rose

Stop comparing yourself to the perfect mom...

She doesn’t exist

You don’t have to do it all. My guide “The Imperfect Perfect You” will show you how to do what you do with more joy so that you Love the life you’re already living.

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    Life Is Better When You Choose Joy

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    It’s no secret that I like to decorate walls.

    It’s a weird obsession I have. But mostly? I call it therapy. (more…)


    A Little Father’s Day Video From The Boys

    My husband is in the business of highjacking my blog.

    Sometimes it’s for things like “Operation Midnight Love Drop“… his cute way of making my bathroom explode with flowers for Valentine’s Day.

    Other times it’s to brighten my day with funny videos of people singing crazy songs about me or. Occasionally those videos can be sweet too.

    And then?  There’s the time he recorded me snoring when I was pregnant and posted the video on my blog for the whole world to see, errrr hear?!?! So nice of him.

    I will accidentally forget to link to that one. Ahem.

    But, in the history of our blogging life… I have never once highjacked his blog. EVER. 

    Until today, my friends. Until today.

    He’s in luck though, because I won’t be embarrassing him, but instead…talking about how much I value him as a husband and a father and how lucky I feel to be doing life with him. I may or may not even offer some financial advice. Ha!!


    Of course, the fun part has nothing to do with me and everything to do with the boys…they made him a Father’s Day video. With my help. And it’s awesome.

    Check it the entire post HERE!

    Happy Father’s Day baba!


    Marriage Tees & Tanks!


    I had this vision that started with the idea “Wear Your Love”.

    I wanted to create a marriage t-shirt line with fun quotes and sayings about love. But, more importantly, Jeff and I wanted to do something that would allow us to give back.

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    Sand Castles & Sand Wars

    Sand + boys = sand castles and sand wars.

    But MOSTLY sand wars. I’m pretty sure I had sand unintentionally flung in my direction at least five dozen times.  (more…)


    Beachin’ It

    Just a few more of our beach photos! I’m working up a review post for those of you who requested it.

    Hope to have that live next week!

    Until then, can someone take me back to the ocean??? Please.  (more…)


    Be The Mom You Want Your Kids To Remember

    One of the things I absolutely love about working from home and running my own business is that my kids see a strong work ethic in me.

    On the flip side, one thing that I despise about working from home and running my own business is that my kids see me working. A LOT.

    My work day doesn’t always end at 5:00 PM. Sometimes I am squeezing in things when I can because, let’s be honest, when you’re work is AT home…it never goes away.

    Like, never.

    Be The Mom You Want Your Kids To Remember by (more…)


    4 Tips When Decorating A Boys’ Bedroom

    I feel like I’ve exhausted every single boy room idea I could possible come up with so when it was time to switch the baby-ish boy room to a toddler room? I was pretty much at a loss.

    If you have multiple boys? I know you feel me on this.

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    Boy Bedroom Ideas and Tips by

    Here are a few things that helped me design their new bedroom: (more…)


    {DIY} How To Make A Paper Candy Cane

    Occasionally my kids get super excited about certain projects…and this candy cane tutorial is definitely one of them.

    My oldest learned how to make these at school from his awesome teacher and he’s been making them every day since. He taught both of his brother how to do it and now they are all hooked.

    How To Make A Paper Candy Cane - DIY for kids

    To say that my house is full of paper candy canes would be a huge understatement. In fact, they’ve used so much of my printer paper that I no longer have any left.

    Parker asked if we could make a video and show all mommy’s blog friends how to do it.



    The Giving Praise Challenge

    If there is one thing I have learned during my ten years of marriage it’s that praise… can take you a long way.

    Giving praise that is.

    Of course, “getting” praise is even better.

    Be The Reason Your Spouse Smiles Today - Marriage Design

    Let’s be honest, we all like to feel appreciated. We like to feel needed. And loved.

    And like we mean something to someone.

    So when my husband suggested that we do a ‘Giving Praise‘ challenge for our next Dollars and Roses Love Challenge I was super excited.

    One, because my love language just so happens to be? (more…)


    A Hard Decision

    Last week we got an email from our adoption agency in Minnesota telling us that ICAB (the Philippines government officials) were COMING for a visit on October 17th…yes, TODAY.

    To be completely honest with you, I was so excited because we have been waiting for them to visit our agency for months. They were supposed to come in August, but it got postponed. After I thought about it for about 2 seconds…my excitement turned to panic.

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    Because here’s the thing… We live in Illinois. And Minnesota and Illinois are not close together. Last week when she told me they would be in Minnesota on October 17th? It was less than 8 days away.

    If you’ve never checked flight prices for a flight you need in 8 days, let me just tell you, you might feel like you need to sell your living room furniture to make it happen. It’s not cheap. $600/person not cheap.

    Did I mention we have 5 people in our family? I literally spent two whole days in tears.

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    When You’re Mad At God.

    Sunday after Sunday after Sunday I would wake up with an excuse.

    I’m too tired. I don’t feel good. I have too much to do. I need to go to the store. The kids are exhausted. I have to finish working on some blog stuff. It’s gonna rain. 

    Those were just a few of the excuses in my head that I would tell myself to justify not attending church.

    **It’s gonna rain. Ha! Yea, good one.

    Every other Sunday the excuses wouldn’t work very well, but trust me when I say I tried. I tried to get out of it every single Sunday.

    My husband started wondering what was going on with  me. He’s never been the type of guy to push me into doing anything. In fact, he’s very opposite of that. And so Sunday after Sunday he was patient with me and my excuses. But he knew something was up. He knows me well enough to know that I don’t typically tell God to take a hike.

    One Wednesday night, during one of our small group sessions {that I actually didn’t skip}, he asked me to get prayer with him.

    My initial response?

    Me:  “For what?? I don’t need prayer.”

    Him: “Babe, I think it would help. Just go up there with me.”

    And so of course, with the worst attitude possible, I walked up to the front of the auditorium holding his hand…and thinking in my head how much I did not want to be there. A friend came over to pray for us. He started it out like every other time I had gone to the front to get prayer…

    “Hey guys, what can I pray for you about?”

    *Que* tears streaming down my face before I even uttered the first few words of what we were up there for. Heck, I hadn’t even known WHY I was up there to begin with so the fact that all the sudden I began crying when I tried to explain myself took me by surprise.

    But you know what words came out of my mouth?

    I am mad at God.

    When You're Mad At God - A Story About Hope (more…)


    Taking More Time For My Family Means…

    …saying “no” to things that fulfill my time.

    We just recently got back from San Diego where my husband and I spoke about work-life balance at the Digital Co-Lab conference. While I was preparing the speech I couldn’t help but think that I wasn’t qualified to be an expert at work-life balance.

    In fact, balancing work and life was something I failed at over and over and over again. Working too much. Living too little.


    And my hubby was even worse. He used to be so consumed with working that, sometimes, we didn’t see him or have is undivided attention for days at a time.


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