Perfect Harmony

  I had a strange, very vivid dream the other night. In the dream, it was Christmas, and all of my kids were at my house, opening presents. As they were opening their presents, my youngest daughter started singing. Someone asked her what it was that she was singing, and she said it was a song sang at the anniversary of her grandmother's passing....more

How to Not Become a Better Writer in 3 Easy Days

Alternative Title: Why Yes, My Virtual Writer’s Retreat Was Lovely...more

Strength on Loan: How to Repay the Supportive People in Your Life

After living in New York City for over 6 years, I’ve become pretty jaded. Not many things get me riled up about this bustling town…but for ONE exception.Humans of New York...more

Ryan meet everyone. Everyone say "Hi" to Ryan

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Date Ideas to Celebrate with Your Child on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is one week away, will you be celebrating?  I know not everyone celebrates it but if you're a parent, it can be a fun idea to share the day with your child.  There are plenty of creative activities and date ideas to do with your little sweetheart in your town or even in your home. ...more

Frida 5: Celebrating Simplicity

Here's to 5 simple happenings from the week worth celebrating. Here's to starting out the week with Vance making breakfast for us all by himself....more

My Child's Needs Are My Own

 It’s amazing how such a small thing can have such a big impact.  By most accounts, it was a very normal Monday night. Like many stay-at-home moms, Mondays mean being tired from housework, cooking dinner, and waiting for my husband to get home from a long day at work....more

How to keep Chicago kids active and athletic during winter

It can seem harder to keep kids in Chicago up and active in sports and other movement and fitness activities during the long, cold winter months. There are still good options to keep them active and moving though, a number of them offered through local YMCA branches. The Y aims to strengthen kids’ character, build skills, learn about teamwork, and focus on sportsmanship....more

Some Days I Am A Bad Mom

Some Days I’m A Bad MomPosted on January 27, 2015by The Pinte...more

The Constant vs. The Variable-- Which One Are You?

I have a weekly call with my grandparents who live down south. And, as always, my grandmother went on and on about how much she would love for my brother to call her. She told me how she prays and thinks of him often. She swooned about how she loves hearing his deep voice say, "Hi, Grand-MAW". She reminisced how my brother loved eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a child. Gag me with a jagged spork! As I hold the phone away from my ear, rolling my eyes, I can feel my blood boil up my back. ...more