We Got Rid of Our TV: Day 3&4

If you haven’t heard, we ditched our TV. Crazy? Maybe. But we’ll all find out together. We have a 2 and a 3-year-old that I noticed were relying too heavily on the TV to get through the day.  We also have tired mid-thirties parents who were relying too heavily on the TV to get through…

We Got Rid of Our TV: A Battle Against the Habit of Screens

When Charley was born, I fiercely protected her. I don’t think I’m different from any other mother in this… it’s simply a mother’s instinct to give your child the best chance at life. My drive to protect her included her health, her mind, and her development. I was so convicted that I didn’t want my…

Raising World-Changers: An Interview With Tracy

Do you ever wish you could sit down with a parent who is more experienced than you… and ask the hard questions? Take in their wisdom? Learn from their mistakes? Soak up their encouragement? Charley’s Circus was born alongside the beginning of our family as we set out to document our journey of intentional parenthood….

Prettier Than the Other Girls

Please stop telling my daughter she’s prettier than other girls. When you do this, you’re teaching her that beauty is on some sort of competitive scale… a concept that doesn’t even exist in her mind right now – –  – – unless you teach her. Isn’t there enough jealousy, bitterness, and envy in the world…

18 years, 1 Wedding Dress, 1 Beautiful Girl

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time or know me in real life, you’re probably already aware of how sentimental I can be. In my house are shadowboxes of the kids’ coming-home-from-the-hospital outfits,  teddy bears made from my late grandparents’ clothes, bouquets from my wedding that are made from fabric from clothing items…

Raising World Changers: An Interview with Nichole

Do you ever wish you could sit down with a parent who is more experienced than you… and ask the hard questions? Take in their wisdom? Learn from their mistakes? Soak up their encouragement? Charley’s Circus was born alongside the beginning of our family as we set out to document our journey of intentional parenthood….

Cupcakes Fit for a Princess

Gluten & Dairy Free Cupcakes and Icing Ingredients CUPCAKE: ½ C coconut oil ¾ C granulated sugar 2 large eggs, room temp 1 ¼ C All-Purpose GF flour blend (we used Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose) ¼ tsp salt 1 ¾ tsp baking powder ½ C dairy-free milk (we used almond but l love coconut milk…

Raising World-Changers: An Interview with Dorie

Do you ever wish you could sit down with a parent who is more experienced than you… and ask the hard questions? Take in their wisdom? Learn from their mistakes? Soak up their encouragement? Charley’s Circus was born alongside the beginning of our family as we set out to document our journey of intentional parenthood….

Gluten + Dairy Free Shrimp Alfredo

A common response I hear to the gluten-free/dairy-free lifestyle is “Oh man, there’s no way I could give up ____!” Usually it’s something sweet or cheesy… one of those good ole’ American staples like ice cream or pizza that we’re all suckers for.I have to admit, I likely wouldn’t have had the courage to cut…

Intentional Parenting – Dinner Conversations

Sometimes being an intentional parent means asking questions that spark conversations while you’re sitting around the dinner table. Yes, our littles are currently both two and under, but even if they don’t fully understand, they are listening. Furthermore, we are setting healthy habits that we can continue for years to come. Afterall, when is the…

Pig ‘n’ Taters

Whether it’s time, clean clothes, or what’s left in our fridge, most of us find ourselves making the most of what we have. In the case of pig ‘n’ taters, it means we made a huge ham – more than we cared to eat by itself for several meals – so we made the most of…

Best. Play Dough. Ever.

If you’ve followed Charley’s Circus on Instagram for any amount of time, you’ve probably seen our favorite thing to make in the kitchen – Play Dough!! That’s right, move over gluten-free cookies and brownies, we love mixing up a pan of homemade play dough. Many parents wonder when is an appropriate time to introduce the…