From MaMa to Mom to (Heaven Forbid) Mother

There’s a space for nearly everything it seems. Those darn baby books think of milestones new mothers would never consider recording. From “Hangs up clothes” to “Makes bed”, there’s a spot for that. From, “Combs hair” to “Buttons”, there’s a spot for that too. It doesn’t mean I actually filled all of them in, but I’m cutting myself some slack because some of them to this day aren’t ready to be filled in. My 19-year-old son has yet to “Makes bed” or “Combs hair” so it’s fitting that I’ve left them blank....more

Why the Hell Do So Many People Get Offended So Easily?

Seriously. I get that in for the sake of freedom of speech, some people really go out of their way to be offensive, which will eventually lead me to write, “Why the Hell Do So Many People Like to Offend Others?” But it seems to have become a popular trend to be offended... at nothing. You may be thinking that perhaps you should also join the “easily offended” category for getting offended by people who get offended. ...more

To Be a Bear?

"Yes, you want to be me!"© seread / Dollar Photo Club...more

I'd Much Rather Be a Pretty Woman Than a Nice One

I want to be The Comeback Kid, or at the very least, Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Not a "comeback kid" in the sense that I make some sensational recovery after a fall from grace, but as someone who always has the perfect rejoinder to any jab sent my way. At my worst, I simply look like a dummy who has lost her ventriloquist, mouth agape, wordless, waiting for someone to feed me a line. ...more
From the title I didn't know where this post was going, but I got a great chuckle as soon as I ...more

Pubescent Problems on the Potty

I spent 15 years in the corporate world in various forms of advertising playing with fancy office stuff. But none of that matters; that’s as ancient history as the 6th grade dance as far as my kids are concerned. I’ve been working from home since my daughter was born five years ago. Last year in preschool, she was asked what her mother does while she’s at school. Her answer: “she orders things online and cleans a lot.” This is pretty typical....more

Are we ruining America by playing Powerball?

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How to Prepare the Perfect Family Dinner

Step 1: Before you begin, double-check the recipe and make sure you still have all the ingredients. If you don’t, scream into where the missing ingredient should be (fridge, cupboard, etc.), "Who the hell ate all the [missing ingredient]?" Then Google: "What can I use to replace [missing ingredient] in a recipe?" ...more
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Laugh at yourself. Everyone else is.

I don't exchange holiday gifts with my in laws. We usually fly to them for Thanksgiving and time spent together is better than time spent, possibly wasted, trying to find a gift we hope each other likes. So this year when my sister in law told us to keep an eye out for two packages, I couldn't imagine what was coming. The first one arrived in a cylinder shaped box. It turned out to be an original Rocky poster for my husband (yes, Rocky, circa 1976. Pretty cool). So, I was on alert that the next package was "more for Jen." (I'm Jen at home)...more

My Sister Got a Hole in Her Head on My Watch

 I was a mature 10-year-old and my younger sister, Reena was only three when we were  enjoying all the glories of new immigrant life in the Housing Projects of Queens. Aside from the male jogger who hung upside down, dangling his junk in front of us, everything from this period blends together like a hazy blur. There are few memories that stand out, but the one I remember most is the the time my sister got a hole in her head. ...more

3 ways Kate Middleton's parenting experiences are a bit like mine

Undoubtably, there are about a million more ways in which the Duchess of Cambridge (DoC)’s parenting life is different to mine than there are similar. With hot and cold running staff on tap to provide the essentials – and extras – needed to give that little bit of extra support when times get trying, I am sure Kate finds it a bit easier to change Charlotte’s bum whilst playing ‘banana catch’ with George than I do....more