A Comparison: Single Life vs Married with Children Life

It goes without saying that life as a married mother of two varies significantly from my former life as a single and free city girl, but I’ll say it anyway: MAN, has life changed. There are some MAJOR changes, like the fact that two little terrorists cherubs depend on me totally and completely for everything that they want and need....more

5 Reasons Being the First of Your Friends to Have Kids is Awesome!

When we first learned that I was pregnant with Annabelle I had just turned 23, putting me squarely in the “young mom” category and also instantly categorizing me as the first of my close friends to have a baby. Most of my friends were barely married or out of grad school and nowhere near being “baby ready” so I spent a great deal of time thinking about what little I would have in common with them after the baby came....more

The Sunflowers Bow Their Heads

I was a thin, dirty-blonde haired girl of 12 when I first met him.He was everything the infinite, whimsical imagination of a young girl could ever hope for. Strong, lean and eyes a deep, soothing brown. His hair was a fiery chestnut and when the sun would answer my prayers and shine its rays upon his locks, they glistened like a new copper penny.That butterflies-in-a-bottle feeling in my stomach that arose with the very thought of him never left me. Just his footfalls moving steadily and eagerly toward me set my head and heart reeling....more

Lifelong Friendships

 Definition of friend: 1. a person who you like and enjoy being with 2. one attached to another by affection or esteem.  ...more

I Know My Happy Makes You Sad ...

... and that makes me sad, too.Because I've been there. I get it--or at least parts of it. That sinking feeling in your gut when someone announces their engagement or posts photos of their wedding. Sure, you're happy for them, but still. Why them and not you, STILL? Public Domain Image Via Pixabay...more

6 Ways You Can Help When a Friend's Child Is in the Hospital

Two days ago, my very good friend called me from Arizona to ask for my help. She apologized, fearing her question might cause me an emotional breakdown. My sweet friend's very dear friend is going through hell right now, and she wants to know how to help. Being that her hell looked a lot like my life last June 25-July 6, I was the person to ask. And we are always 100% honest with each other, so she knew I would give it to her straight. ...more
Rita Arens Thank you, Rita.more

How Cool Are You?

FALL 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ©When you’re tired & worn at the close of the day And things just aren’t going your way And your patience has come to an end There’s nothing like a cool chic to confide in- C ool C hi cs C l i ck . com... I ’ mJ usS a yi n’ ...more

Gossip: The Other Green Eyed Monster

 “What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth.” -Jewish Proverb ...more

Don't be THAT mom: Why your single/non-mom girlfriends are starting to hate you

I was the first one of all my girlfriends to have a baby, so I never ran into this problem… but now that most of my girls have caught up and jumped on the mama-train, I’m starting to notice a trend emerging, and it has something to do with pissing off our single or childless friends.  Have you ever heard a new mama say  “I’d love to hang, but it has to be between 10-1 or 2-4, because that’s when he takes his nap”?  Just hang on while all your non-parent friends puke in their mouths....more

7 Tips for Choosing Your Bridesmaids

Choosing your bridesmaids can be a difficult task. For me it was one of the most difficult. I agonized over it for months for the sole fact that I have so many amazing friends I wanted to include. In a perfect world where budget and realism were no factor, I probably would have had like 10 friends standing up with me. But Dave and I decided early on that was not realistic and decided to keep the number down as much as possible. In the end, we decided to have six people standing up on each side....more
Excellent post! Looking back, I wish I had thought a little bit more carefully about one or two ...more