Working full time plus 2 young children plus college equals crazy

If someone would have told me six years ago that I would be working full time with 2 young children while going to college at the same time, I would have said "Yeah right".  But here I am six years later doing exactly that.  I am taking one class per semester until I get my bachelor's degree.  I am officially crazy.  I am doing it out of necessity though.  In the city that I live in, a person in my field needs a bachelor's degree in order to have job security....more

So Long it's Been Good to Know You

I’m a good mother.I’m not a perfect mother. I could easily fill up 100 pages with mistakes I made just this weekend.But unlike the deep bouts of doubt I once had over whether I was a good actor or singer, or the doubts I can have today over whether I’m a good writer, blogger, gardener, or even friend, I don’t have too many over my ability as a mother....more

I will make my kids throw away their own trash

So I took my two year old to eat at a fast food restaurant for lunch.  It was a fun lunch.  My son enjoyed looking out the window at all of the cars and trucks.  A baseball team was also eating at the same restaurant with their families.  The team consisted of 10-11 year old boys in fancy matching baseball uniforms.  They all had nice sunglasses and some were carrying around smart phones.  All of the boys were sitting at a big long table with their families sitting at tables around them.  In general they appeared to be well behaved....more

6 Ways Turning 40 is a Lot Like Turning 4

My youngest just turned four on Tuesday and is acting like she has suddenly doubled her age.  Four is still young compared to her older sisters, but in her mind, she has officially made it into the Big Kid Club....more

Now that you have more time, what are you going to do with it?

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.  Did you know that on average people worldwide are living six years longer than they were 20 years ago? Thanks to improved medical advances and declining tobacco use the average life expectancy for women in the United States is 81 and male life expectancy is 76....more

The observation room at swimming lessons

I enrolled my five year old daughter in swimming lessons this summer.  I figured it would help her to burn off some energy and to introduce her to the water.  The swimming facility is an indoor pool and it is very nice.  The class size ranges from 4-6 kids.  In my daughter's class, there is one other little girl and two little boys. ...more

3 Ways Working Moms Can Manage Their Schedules to Fit Around the Family Dinner

As a married mother of two energetic boys and the CEO of a company, I know that effective time management doesn’t come easy. It takes a lot of planning in advance and conflict minimizing like making lists each night of how you’re scheduling the next day and setting the kids clothes out the night before to glide through the usual morning obstacles with (some) ease. And the way you manage your time, believe it or not, greatly affects your dinner schedule, especially if you make it a point to end each day with a meal with your family....more

Monday Memories

So sorry that this post is just now going up. Since I’m working from a new site, I am having trouble connecting from my phone. Monday Memories is usually written from my phone…We had a great week and a fun weekend celebrating Father’s Day!...more

Family is About Sharing

I have three younger siblings. Before our family split, that meant our parents got to put up with four sick kids at the same time whenever one of us brought something home with us. Naturally, that meant four miserable little voices, four cranky attitudes, and when chicken pox came around, four itchy sets of skin. I don't know how they did it, but we all managed to get through it. Now that I'm married, my husband and I share each other's germs, too, regardless of how careful we are. Hopefully, the cold he shared with me will pass quickly....more

Tripping on a Local Hidden Treasure - River Farm

We were out and about on our Frugal adventures and driving down the George Washington Parkway along the Potomac River.  We decided to take a little detour and check out the estates along the river and tripped on River Farm. ...more