Leslie Bartula

Leslie graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she met her husband, Matt. After living in Chicago (and its suburbs) for 10 years, they relocated to DFW and have lived in Richardson since 2016. She is a stay-at-home mama to three boys (May 2014, February 2016, and October 2021), one girl (July 2018), and a crazy pup. She spends her free time running, reading, cooking, gardening, and adding projects to their home improvement list. You can catch her with a cup of coffee in her hands (or being reheated in her microwave) all day long. Follow along on Instagram @villa_villebartula.
Handmade turkey place cards for Thanksgiving.

Easy {and Adorable) Thanksgiving Place Card Craft

Growing up, one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving was helping my grandma set her table. She always had a handful of those paper accordion decorations to unfold and place on the table, paper...
An image of a children's playroom with a desk and toys on the floor.

Monthly Declutter Schedule :: One Space a Week

I think most of us have a "landing zone" problem. You know, the space where things go until you can deal with them?

First Week of School Easy Meal Plan

Knowing that both moms and kids will be exhausted the first week of school, I'm going to do my best to take off one thing from your plate. Here is an easy meal plan for the first week of school.
Texas sports mom tips

Keeping Younger Siblings Busy During Big Kid Activities

A key element to getting a lot of these ideas to work is novelty. Keep these items in the car (or garage) and only bring them out during games and practices.
silly dad with oranges on his eyes

The “Best” Dad :: Which Dad Type Is Yours?

Reflecting on the many amazing dads I know, most of them fall into one (or more!) of these categories.
Suitcases in the trunk of a car.

10 Must-Packs for Your Next Vacation Rental

Having stayed in vacation rentals several times in the last few years with my kid, I discovered some surprisingly helpful items.
dyed easter eggs and tulips on table

Plan an Easy Easter Brunch

A lot of this can be done ahead of time to make your Easter morning even easier!
A woman wears a backpack.

Toddler-Friendly Diaper Bag Roundup

I'm currently on the hunt for a smaller diaper bag that I love just as much but won't have me knocking into things all the time.
closeup of Mardi Gras mask and green and purple plastic beads

Enjoy a Kid-Friendly Mardi Gras

Just because we live in Dallas doesn't mean we have to miss out on Mardi Gras fun! These simple, at-home activities will get the good times rollin'! 
Young girl running toward a soccer ball on an open soccer field

5 Benefits of Participating in Team Sports in Early Elementary

In addition to the obvious benefits of exercise and teamwork, my husband and I discovered five additional benefits of participating in team sports in early elementary school.
A woman holds a book in her hands reading.

10 Ideas to Start Reading More

Over the last few years, I've managed to fit a lot more reading into my life, even with new babies, all the kid activities, and trying to maintain our home. Here are my best tips!
outside view of a hobbit hole

Eat Like a Hobbit for Hobbit Day (September 22)

This month marks 85 years since The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien was first published. The Hobbit is one of my husband’s favorite books and has become a favorite with my 8- and 6-year-olds as...