Do You Have a Working Parent Guilt?

I remember, as a working parent, feeling guilty about how much time my child spent at school. I worried if it was too much, if she was missing other activities… like just playing.Part of my guilt, however, was assuaged when I realized that Montessori was not like the schools I had attended as a child. She didn’t have to sit at a desk all day. She didn’t have to listen to a teacher drone on about some topic or another all day....more

To My Daughter on Her First Birthday

My Baby Girl,Words can hardly express my emotions leading up to your first birthday. My heart swells with pride for the sweet little girl you have become, but also yearns for time to stop moving so quickly.  Just writing these few sentences has me tearing up, and I think of all emotions those tears are filled with.Happiness. The greatest kind I have ever felt. There is nothing in this world that makes me happier than being your mom.Joy at watching you learn and grow each day. Witnessing all of your milestones this year has been so special....more

My Favorite Five Ways to Find Solace in a Busy Day

On a daily basis, you'll find me wearing many hats and tossing them off my head at helter skelter pace just to stay one step in front of disaster. It's a bit like that book, Cat In the Hat. Yes, that one. If you don't know Dr. Seuss intimately, you're on the wrong website. You know that part where the cat is jumping on the ball and balancing all those spinning plates and random items like a circus professional, shouting "Look at me! Look at me!" That cat is my spirit animal. Everyday is a delicate effort not to crash land in a pile of broken dishes and children's tears....more

Minimize Toy Clutter with Clean Up Time

When my baby started sitting up and playing on the floor, every day ended with toys and books strewn across the living room. Cleaning it up after putting her to bed was one of the long list of chores to do before my husband and I could turn in. After reading the children's book Clean Up Time, a hand me down from my sister, I remembered that her daughter had started helping with cleanup not long after she started walking. I decided to try something new....more

Parenting: It Was Supposed To Get Easier

When I had my first child 7 years ago, I distinctly remember everyone saying to me "It's going to get easier." I must've had that frazzled sleep-deprived look about me back then that would warrant almost everyone from the Target checker to my own family saying that to me. Those times WERE rough, I'm not going to lie. I remember days without showering. Nights without sleep. Days with endless crying. I smelled like spit up almost all of the time. Yes, those days and nights were rough. I honestly looked forward to the time that it was supposed to get easier like everyone said....more

Middle School: A Method to the Madness

We're knee deep in back to school over here and shit is getting real. This elaborate game of scheduling Jenga is beginning to tip over into insanity and absolutely no one is winning. Nobody. I knew this would be tough, but this year feels brutal. We're both working full-time, and I'm dropping so many balls that I feel like I'm standing in the ball pit at Chuck e Cheese. Ever stand in a ball pit at Chuck E Cheese? Shudder. Parent's worst nightmare....more

Summer break fades as fast as childhood

Summer is fading fast. The temperatures are cooler, the days are shorter and school is back in session. I miss it already. I feel like I'm getting ready to hibernate for the winter--storing up food, getting out the mittens and preparing to stay in my toasty warm house during the cold, cold days. But this summer---it was a good one. It's just that it symbolizes how quickly childhood fades as well.My soul goal this summer was to spend time outside and with the kids. Based on their tans alone, I'd say I was successful in at least one of those tasks....more

5 Tips to Creating the Perfect Study Space

With back to school season in full swing, our thoughts shift from summer fun to the study grind. Make the transition a little more palatable by creating a sunny, engaging space in your home dedicated to learning. Make It Inviting and Comfortable...more

Home is Where You Throw Your Dirty Laundry on the Floor

The boxes are (mostly) unpacked, the pictures are hung, and my husband’s dirty clothes are discarded all over the floor.  We are home.It has not been an easy past two weeks....more

A Single Moms Story!

There once was a single mom, who felt as though she needed other single moms in her life to connect with. Which, better way to connect and share the single motherhood lifestyle with tons of others, than of course, the good old internet!This place of connection, welcoming single mothers from all walks of life takes place on a website, for single moms only. In this place, ever day life issues and happenings are shared, single moms hang out, release, and have some fun. But, there is one thing here that is the most important....more