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Amanda Shaffer

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Amanda is a stay-at-home mom and wife. Momarazzi and coffee addict. Originally from a small town she is navigating motherhood and her new city all at once.

World Kindness Day: Ways to Celebrate with Your Child

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World Kindness Day is Wednesday, November 13th. Since my son was born, I have tried to make kindness the norm in our household. Not so much something we do- but who we are. While I...

It’s Apple Season!

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My favorite season is quickly approaching and with the crisp air and shorter days brings... APPLES. I didn't think that I could love fall any more than I do and then I got to...

Little Moments Matter

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Maple leaf seeds.  Maple leaf seeds on a Monday morning were just the reminder that I needed.  My toddler and I had woken up and been faced with another forecast of rain. Rain. Again. I quickly...

The Summer of Music: Indianapolis Moms Guide to Summer Concerts

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Pack up your camp chairs in the back of the car and stock your cooler full of sandwiches because we've compiled a list of some of our favorite places to head outside and enjoy...

The Coffee Cup

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The giant gallon of milk dwarfs my tiny 10-year-old hands. A shaky splash of milk hits the hot coffee and I am memorized by the dance the two liquids do together. One teaspoon of...

How the Stomach Flu Taught Me to Be Grateful

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Dear Parents of Critically Ill Children, I'm sorry I didn't get it. I just didn't understand.  I see your posts on social media. My heart aches with each return visit to the hospital or lengthy hospital...

Saying Goodbye to my Son’s First Home

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It was another unseasonably warm winter day. I bundled my 2-year-old up and we were off to visit one of our favorite Indianapolis spots: The Indiana State Museum. I was greeted with a warm smile...

Valentine’s Day Crafts for Toddlers- Made Simple

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I've always been a crafty person. I love scrapbooking, journaling, painting, and creating but with that said both of my sisters definitely inherited more artistic traits and talents. Crafting and creating on the toddler level...

Capturing Childhood

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Anyone that knows me knows that I love to capture a moment. If you are a family member or friend you've posed for me countless times and most likely have received a framed print...

Hovering Between Helicopter and Hot Mess: When You Don’t Fit a Mom Type

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Recently I was in a large group of moms during a Q and A session when one of the audience members asked the hosts, "What do you do about helicopter moms?" I sunk into...
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How Motherhood Changed the Conversation with My Body

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Looking back I can clearly remember when the conversation with my body changed from appreciation to criticism. I lived a childhood of being a tomboy and enjoying the outdoors and sports. To say I...

Dear Son, If You Can Only Be One Thing, Please Be Kind

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As I sit in my son's bedroom rocking him to sleep I realize these moments are fleeting. He's quickly outgrowing my lap as I rock him to sleep. I listen to his slow rhythmic breathing...

Tips For Flying with Toddlers

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It's 4:30 AM and I gently lift my two year out of his crib with just a little light leaking in from the hallway. With a quick diaper change and the luggage already in...

5 Things I Love About the Indianapolis Public Library

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One of the best and most utilized resources I have as a stay at home mom is access to the Indianapolis Public Library. After moving to Indianapolis from a small town in Michigan, I...
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