The Two-Month Mark & Asthma Update

Monday marked our 8th week here in Idaho.  Two months have flown by like a dream and, so far, the move is everything we hoped it would be.  As we’ve settled into our new home and our new city I’ve been focused on helping my kids get used to life as we now know it. […]

Mom Fail #678,902

Spoiler alert:  I am completely going to blame this mom-fail on my cross-country move.  I have found two things to be the hardest during this whole moving process:  Keeping appointments straight (and until now somehow managing not to forget a single one for my kids or myself.) Adjusting to being what I am going to call […]

Idaho Halloween 2016

Yesterday was a big day for the Barla family.  My kids have been waiting excitedly to dress up for Halloween since July.  Even though they dress up in superhero costumes almost every day of the year (and I love it) there is something special and exciting about costumes on Halloween. It was a very full […]

How Having Paid Maternity Leave Benefited My New Motherhood

Fact: Right now the United States is the only major country on earth that does not guarantee paid leave to workers. I was shocked to realize that when it comes to maternity leave not all employers offer the much-needed time for new parents to bond and care for their new infant. As a mother myself, […]


13 Perfect Places To Take Toddlers In (Or Near) Philly

Life with toddlers has a unique pace.  You desperately structure daylight hours around snacks, lunch, and naps.  You try to stave off meltdowns and tantrums with ninja-like reflexes by maintaining blood sugar levels, encouraging play and praying for sleep. I spent four years with babies and toddlers in Philadelphia and I found myself constantly searching […]

Sunday Morning Pancakes

We’ve been trying to eat more whole foods and veggies lately but this morning, since it is Sunday AND since we have some processed foods left in our pantry I decided to make bad-for-you but DELICIOUS pancakes. Here is the recipe – it’s pretty basic but tasty. In the future I will probably try to […]

Family Life: Rise Above The Chaos and Quiet Your Negative Inner Voice

Family life is insane.   Don’t get me wrong – I love my little family and every crazy little part of it.  I just mean that it boggles my mind how quickly days fly by filled with dramatic highs (giggle fights, and spontaneous ‘Mommy, I used the potty’ dance parties) and lows (temper tantrums and […]