Courtney Dayton

Courtney likes to describe herself as a lover of lists and post-its, all things nerdy, and as an all-around pretty awesome person. She lives in Marion with her husband, Jon, their two sons, and their two crazy cats. Both of her boys are rainbow babies, with Everett arriving in December 2013, and Hendrix in March 2016. Courtney is a Penn State graduate, and currently works as a team lead for a state agency. Aside from attempting to be successful at this parenting thing, she likes to go on adventures with her family that includes trying out all the local parks and ice cream stops. Courtney also likes to binge watch Netflix, attempt all things from Pinterest, and can be occasionally be found on her couch doing both

I Have ADHD? What It’s Like Getting Diagnosed as a Mom

My adventure with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) began in earnest this year when my sons received this diagnosis. The doctor diagnosed my oldest son, 7, after we noticed that his difficulties controlling his impulses...

Four Tips to Help Your Anxious Child Prepare For a New School Year

It’s hard to believe it, but it is already the end of the summer, and time to start thinking about the transition back to school. This change can already be hard for a lot of...

Family Food Boards: A Fun Way to Eat

You may be like me in that the thought of making a meal overwhelms you, or that you simply just don’t feel like it. It could be that you know that one of your children...

Grilled to Perfection: Potato Packets

Summer has now come, which means one thing: time for all the grilling! We love to grill a lot during the hot months, as it keeps the high temp of cooking outside with the...
Star Wars and Parenting

Star Wars and Parenting: May the Four Lessons Be With You

I don’t know about you, but Star Wars has been something that has been a part of my life and family for a really long time! It was something that was introduced to both...

Four Lessons From the Garden

In my home, there are these three little wooden boxes in the backyard. 5 feet by 5 feet of dirt-filled wonder. Each spring, we pour over seed catalogs and think about what we want to grow...

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

Let’s just be blunt and real. Society is often extremely unfair to mothers. We are expected to be everything. We should be working mothers, but we should also be home with our children. Moms are...

Spread the Love: Small Ways to Connect With Your Partner

February is the month where we celebrate love and its many forms, but did you know is also the national month for relationship wellness? Valentine’s Day is a great holiday to show your partner...

Forget Resolutions: Choose a Word of the Year!

At the start of the year, it was always my tradition to write out a page long list of resolutions for the year. They would focus on different parts of my life: health, faith, relationships,...

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Weight Loss Surgery

I shared before that I was planning on getting bariatric (weight loss) surgery and my reasons for it. I am happy to report that I am now six months out and wanted to share...