The 7 Levels of Yard Sale Hell

You know all those blog posts about how to have an amazing...more
sunburntsaver Now I know! Goodwill for me, too!more

Why I'm Happy I'm Not a First-Time Mom

Awwww!...Isn't that adorable?...How precious!...Oh my god, those are just the BEST!...You'll use that ALL the time!...*squee*...I'm dying from cuteness!... ...more

Where Is My Poop: 4 Little Words a Toddler Parent Never Wants to Hear

Over the weekend, I was finishing up some dishes while my two-year-old daughter played quietly in her room. Without warning, she burst into the kitchen and asked me a question that would send any reasonable parent of a potty training toddler into a full-fledged freakin' panic: "Where is my poop, momma?" ...more
Tina Bassett That's a hilarious story... Totally sounds like something my daughter would say. ...more

What Should We Do About Our Teens' Drinking Problem?

My family is drowning. Specifically, my kids. I would like to save them, but I fear I am just making the situation worse. Anyway, they haven’t asked for my help but instead continue to want more. “Mom, can you buy more vitaminwater? I like the peach and berry flavors.” “Mom, we need some bottled water.” “Mom, please pick up a case of Mendota.”...more
samanthamarieB  Saying "NO" to my kids is obviously not my strong suit. Actually, I do ban so ...more

My Summer "Thank You" Note

There are so many wonderful things about summer and the people who make mine wonderful. It would be lovely if I could remember all those that I should thank, but my mental fog cannot clear past today, so I will give a shout-out and say..."You know who you are!"...even though they really don't.Two moments today gave me reason to pause and realize that my summer fun is not just dependent on my own action....more

The Kissing Hand

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The Cat Has Left the Cradle

As my parents were driving me to college so many years ago, my mom said to me "It's not fair that just as children really get interesting, they leave."My mom is not a kid person....more

10 Awkward Moments in Homeschooling

According to the most recent census about 3% of American children are homeschooled. It's a growing movement, to be certain, but still far from "the norm."  Many, if not most, people in this country live their whole lives without even ever meeting a homeschool family. Therefore their perceptions are based on those folks "on the fringe" who end up on the evening news or Dr....more

How Do Personal Trainers Stay Fit?

Who doesn’t want to know how a professional takes care of business?  We've all read the articles: "What Does A Genius Do To Help Remember Important Tasks?" (They apparently focus on one task at a time.) or “What Does Jennifer Aniston Do to Have Sexy, Beautiful Hair?” (She uses "Living Proof," her own haircare line, go figure.) or the most recent one I read: “How Does Oprah Relax?” (She takes Sundays off.) I have been a personal trainer for over 20 years.  During these past two decades, I have helped a lot of people lose weight, get fit, feel better, and live longer. In this time I, myself, have actually gotten leaner and healthier too.  I have a lower body fat percentage at 44 years old than I did when I was 30 (take that middle-age!), and I can still beat people younger than me in a foot race and in the gym – however the recovery time is a tad bit longer than it used to be. These are the top 6 things I do to stay in shape. ...more
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26 Things You Learn at 26

1. Cultivating a better sense of self-not everybody’s doing it. Not everybody gets more mature,  driven, or self-aware as they grow older. Don’t waste your time on these people, there’s too many awesome ones to surround yourself with.2. Sometimes you’ll hate your day job. Don’t give up.3. Follow your passions. They are the surest source of true joy, and will never lead you astray. Unless your passions are boozing and drugging- find something that doesn’t involve numbing yourself to the world around you....more