Spring, Sacrifice and Sarcasm

I’m training for the MORE/SHAPE Women’s Half Marathon next month. I’m focusing on work with an important client, and I’m trying to stay mentally alert.As someone who values exploration, indulging, and who suffers from a case of FOMO so severe that I’m certain that I’ve broken the world record for most birthday parties attended in one day (which might have been five), saying no to fun is not easy for me....more

Mommy's St. Patrick's Day Revenge

As a mother, one of my most important jobs is to teach my children empathy. What better way to do this than to put them in Mommy and Daddy’s shoes for a day? This St. Patrick’s Day, take a page from Mama Tries Blog and devote the day to exacting revenge on your wee ones by giving them a hefty dose of their own medicine - all served with a spoonful of sugar, of course. Mess with their Mealtime...more

Sorry Guys, But Cooking is the WORST.

Your girl AA is on a health kick, y’all. I told you guys I wanted to make some lifestyle changes recently, and I believe in holding yourself accountable and not just talking smack about what you PLAN to do in the future instead of actually doing it.  Like the good ol’ Nike slogan says… [shut the hell up about it]and just do it.  ...more

How NOT to Get Your Kids to Love Nature

Where Have All the Waterbeds Gone?

You don't hear waterbeds discussed much anymore. It seems like they died out with all the old hippies.But there are still a few around. The waterbeds are now called "flotation sleep systems." The old hippies are called "me and my husband." And we have a waterbed.Actually, we've had one for years. Not the same one, you understand. Waterbeds have a shelf life, and this will become readily apparent at some point....more

A Friendly Guide to Facebook's New Reactions

Big news on the social media front, folks!...more

Call an Ambulance: My Boyfriend Has the Sniffles

Last weekend my boyfriend came down with a wicked case of Ebola. Wait, that doesn’t seem right—I feel like I would’ve heard about a Jersey outbreak or I’d remember being forced into quarantine. But if it wasn’t Ebola, then what was it that made him too weak to move as he neared his end and repeatedly reminded me how very gravely ill he was?...more
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Five Ways Parenting is Like the Enlightenment

Once upon a time, not so long ago, I taught 7th grade social studies.  Maybe I'm a nerd, or maybe I'm just really enthusiastic about the advent of representative government, but my favorite unit to teach was on the Enlightenment. A lightning-quick recap for those of you who somehow managed not to pay attention during this riveting part of your historical education (bear with me, I promise I'm going somewhere parenting-related with this):...more

The Pros And Cons Of Adulting Post Children

Bellonheels.com Being an adult is strange. You oftentimes feel like a kid, trapped in a larger, more mature body. Most days you are required to adult. And to be adulty by doing adult things. It’s referred to as ADULTING....more

Vanilla Ice Moved Into My Neighborhood and I Want to Be His Bestie

I believe that people deserve the right to privacy. I would never put someone on blast for anything. It is not my place. Live and let live. That is my motto. Even celebrities. But then Vanilla Ice went and moved into the neighborhood, Y’all! Miami’s on the scene, just in case you didn’t know it. How am I supposed to sit on that piece of information quietly? Image: © Arnold Drapkin via ZUMA Wire ...more
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