Amanda Stewart

Amanda moved to the Dallas area as a child, moved away for college, but then returned “home” with her husband and new daughter. Now five years later, she and her family are putting down roots in Collin County. Her educational background is an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a graduate degree in Early Childhood Studies. Most days you can find her doing her best to put her knowledge to work with 3 of the sweetest students around- born in 2010, 2014 and 2015. Once bedtime hits, you can find her doing some instructional design work, blogging, or finding the next great series on Netflix, usually with a cookie in hand. You can read more about her collection of thoughts on everything from motherhood and parenting to DIY and fitness, and whatever else is on her mind at her new blog <a href "http://www.thiscollectivelife.com/" This Collective Life .

Easy Gift Ideas from Trader Joe’s

One of my favorite things to do is put together simple gifts and goodies for the people in my life. It brings me an immense amount of joy and happiness. Who doesn't love a...

Battling Kitchen Burnout :: How I Rekindled My Relationship With Cooking

I would say for quite some time I have been feeling a bit of kitchen burnout: I found it overwhelming and draining to even think about cooking. I think it was a combination of...

Snack Time Charcuterie: Easy Snacks for Back to School

It’s back to school time and among other things, this means it’s back to packing lunches, and in our case, snacks. Snacks can be a hard one! Most of the time I’m looking for something...
downtown mckinney

Things to Do in Downtown McKinney :: Kid-Friendly & Date-Night Options

  Downtown McKinney has something for everyone! The historic downtown square is one of the oldest of its kind in Texas. I’ve lived in McKinney for four years now and I know I still have...

Giving Myself a Fun Mom Summer

School’s out for summer…and I am excited! It’s kind of like Christmas, so excited for it to come, enjoy all the fun things, then ready to say goodbye until next year. In the past,...

5 Simple Ways to Get Involved in Your Community

I think we can all agree that 2020 taught us many things…and 2021 hasn’t stopped teaching us. A couple of months ago, I wrote about what I learned in 2020. One of the things...

Encouraging a Love of Reading in Your Home: “Mini” Libraries for Kids

One thing I hope to do as a mom is encourage a love of reading in my home. It is for sure a hobby of mine, and obviously an important and necessary skill for...

Looking Back: Lessons I’ve Learned a Year Into the Pandemic

I think most of us can remember when the initial onset of the pandemic began, when it became real that life was changing for the time being. For me, it was Spring break for...