Maslow and Me: Where Are You in Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs?

This week I'm on a delayed posting schedule. Kind of like the trash pick-up delay after a major holiday. So I guess I'm feeling like trash today. But I will insert a cute photo to cheer myself up....more

No More Forms!

I'm starting to notice a pattern with myself. One I'm not proud of. And it's relatively new. I haven't always had this problem, but lately, well, I'm having trouble getting things done.Actually, it's just things I'm not really excited about doing. I discriminate. If it's something I WANT to do, that's a whole different story. I'm more than willing to get THOSE things done.It's the other "stuff."...more

Stop Giving Me Gifts, People!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I just threw a big party for my kid and got way too many gifts! People who didn't even come to the party are still dropping off presents. Is this the etiquette now? Am I supposed to be buying birthday presents for children even when my kid can't attend the party and we have RSVP'd "no"? This seems like overkill. Don't we all have enough stuff? Signed,Too Many Gifts __________________________________ ...more
Personally, I think it's the etiquette to give gifts even if you're NOT attending. But that's my ...more

Working Out with Jillian

It’s now been three months of steady (3-4 days a week) exercising for me; mostly taking place in the mornings.  I KNOW.  I didn’t think I could do it either. I’m now officially in the stage where it’s just a part of my week and I don’t really complain about it.  Okay, sometimes I complain about it.  But most times I just wake up, squeeze into a sports bra and go. ...more

A Side of Paranoia

3:41p.m. I won’t look out the window. He’s only a minute late. I’m not going to look out the window. Everything is fine. It’s only been 1 minute. 60 teeny tiny seconds. Don’t look out the window.3:42p.m. Okay, 2 minutes. He’s 2 minutes late. 2 minutes is not a long time, but just in case… nope. No bus. And there’s usually a car sitting there waiting to pick up one of the kids, but the car isn’t there. Did the bus already go by? No. I didn’t hear the bus. It’s just running late....more

Should I Thank My Cousin For Making My Crappy Wedding Veil?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I just got married less than a month ago and everything is spectacular on that front. However, I have a little “Thank You Card” etiquette question. My cousin made my veil; a birdcage, which is important to note. She is a design school graduate and a professional haberdasher, so I trusted her. I wasn't just having her do a family favor. She also offered to make hair dealios for my bridesmaids (clips, pins, headbands and such)....more
You sound like a really graceful and truly nice person. liked your idea, thanx for sharing.more

It's Almost Time for Summer Break! Oh No!

It is almost that time. The school year is winding down. My favorite time of year is right around the corner. I experience these feelings every year. As a stay-at-home mother summer means that I get to spend many warm days with my four children. We talk and laugh and frolic barefooted through the fields of tall green grass. Stopping to take a moment to lie on our backs, on the warm earth and stare up at the blue sky as the white, fluffy clouds float past... (Insert here that sound of a record being scratched by a needle.)...more

What No One Tells you about FREE Time before Motherhood

Coming to motherhood this late in the game has been very eye-opening (newsflash: I’m not a young new mom).Before having my daughter, I used to be somewhat busy.  I worked as a Marketing Communications manager and it required a lot of networking events and committee meetings for me to go to.  Even at my busiest times, I remember having to be able to look forward to an afternoon, or a day, or a weekend afterwards for down time.  Tell me, what the hell did I do with all that free time back then?...more

Photo: Candid Shots

Ever photograph a subject without their knowing? I certainly have. It's called "getting a candid shot," and can result in the most honest photos of people, catching them off-guard and natural. No hammy poses, no cheesy grins.I recently got this shot:...more

I Mowed the Lawn for Mother's Day

Despite appearances, my son and my husband really aren’t the schmucks my neighbors may think they are today. I’ve been showered with hugs, kisses, cards, and flowers, and told to do whatever it is I want for the day. And what I wanted to do was mow the lawn....more