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…

Girl, You So Chunky

Ingredients 2 lbs ground turkey or beef 3 cups tomato juice (approx 1/2 qt) 1 large can (28oz) diced tomatoes 2 cans chili beans 2 cans black beans 1 can kidney beans 1 green pepper, diced 1 onion, chopped 1 TBSP minced garlic cloves 1 small can tomatoes with chilis 16 oz GF pasta Spices…

Halloween and the Celebration of Evil

  “I don’t like that, Mommy!” Charley looked up at me, pointing uncomfortably at the store’s Halloween display. Witches, zombies, skeletons. “I don’t either, baby.” I explained to her that if she sees anything that makes her feel uncomfortable or scared, that she can choose to look away to protect her heart and mind. Since…

Too Short to Ride? Think Again! Disney for Toddlers & Babies

A lot of people assume they have to wait until their kids are older before they can ride rides and enjoy a place like Disneyland. (If you maintain the belief that “they won’t remember anyway,” please click HERE.) The ability of your child to enjoy a magical place like Disneyland doesn’t begin at a particular age….

How We Ditched the Paci in One Day

Childhood can be hard. Just as we as adults sometimes have to go through painful seasons of letting go in order to grow, children also sometimes have to learn to let go as they grow through life. I’d venture to say that watching our children go through difficult seasons of growth can sometimes be harder…

Give Me Hope : The Story of Gavin’s Birth

Isn’t it amazing how a particular feeling can have such power over your thoughts and even behaviors? Some feelings have the potential to be destructive to our lives. Despair, loneliness, and grief for example all have the potential to give us terrible thoughts that sometimes drive us to make terrible decisions. Others however, like excitement,…

Surviving Two Under Two: The First Month

#TwoUnderTwo. Is it a curse word? A blessing? The title of a horror movie? Perhaps a survival reality show. Regardless, it’s HARD. You are now the parent of not one, but two little human beings who are not only still very needy, but each have their own unique set of needs. While I’m no expert…