An Inconvenient Truth by Lianne Castelino, I feel relieved.  Thanks for asking. Yesterday I met someone who said they had the same issue.  Also a mom, also a creative-type, also an entrepeneur. It started for her at the same age.  She is also wondering how and why.  But unlike myself, she is taking steps to try and reverse it. ...more

Promise of a Better Tomorrow

I do not watch a lot of television. As a matter of fact, I watch very little television. Most nights, I simply sit in the living room and soak in the silence after I get the children tucked into bed. Occasionally, however, I will flip on the TV. For background noise, if nothing else. Last night was one such night. I don't watch Gray's Anatomy religiously. As a matter of fact, it's been quite a while since I have watched it at all....more

What Indra Nooyi's Daughter Taught Me At BlogHer '11

Yep, I thought to myself. I can do it all. I can be a good wife and mom, keep the house clean and have my dream career. I am woman. HEAR ME ROAR. And then my seven-year-old daughter said something the other night that shot all my smug thoughts straight to hell. “This summer has been really hard on me,” she said quietly as I tucked her into bed. “I think summer is my least favorite time of year.” “What do you mean it’s been hard on you?” I asked her. “You’ve had a great summer!” “It’s hard for me because I don’t get to see you as often as I do the rest of the year,” she said. My face fell....more
Really love it...We should never carry the guilt factor in us...its one life to follow the ...more

A Regular Person Throws a Party

You know those amazing blogs you see where the perfect mom throws a beautifully executed and tastefully decorated party for their little ones where all the adults are sitting back and relaxing while the children run happily around, out of everybody's way? Then everyone sits down to slice into the impeccable cake and partake in the fancy appetizers as the hostess pops the main dish (that she made from scratch) into the oven?This was not that kind of party.I wanted it to be. I tried my hardest....more
Those always turning out to be the best parties. I attempted something similar once and learned ...more

My Mythical Mom Team

When you have kids, you are wholly in touch with the concept of sleep deprivation. Being awake when the world around you is asleep does odd things to your brain. Your mind wanders in weird ways that it otherwise might not. Case in point, last night at 3:00am after I had been awake with the babies for an hour and a half, I started to wonder if we assembled a team of moms to play a sport, what kind of moms would be the best to have on this moms-only team. Who knows why – probably because I know a lot of them – but my first thoughts went to moms who have kids with food allergies....more

What I Learned About Parenting at BlogHer '11

I have a Case of the Mondays combined with a Case of the Post-BlogHer Blues combined with a wicked case of jetlag. I'm behind on work, my inbox seems to have imploded and the laundry pile is mocking me. Despite all of the stuff I can or should be doing, I have purposefully been taking time all day to play games with my sons, read some books and generally soak them up. I missed them a lot while I was away like many other moms (and dads!) at the conference did. In fact, while I was away from them and experiencing all of those things that come with conference life and interactions with new people, I thought about how some of the things I was learning could enhance my parenting. ...more
i appreciate your post so much. It's difficult to live in a world that no longer puts a premium ...more

Loreane Tomlinson: How I Raised a Professional Athlete

By: Loreane Tomlinson, Mother of Pro Football Player and NFL MVP LaDainian TomlinsonI’ve often been asked how I raised a champion. Was there a special diet I fed him? Was there a personal trainer and expensive equipment? Did I put him on a strict schedule?...more

People watching at Panera

People watching is such a fun pastime.  Sometimes I wonder if this is the reason reality TV is such a hit, we just love when people "share" the real side of themselves.  My Dad would often walk the mall for the sole purpose of entertainment.      School starts next week so of course I am cramming all sorts of appointments for the kids into this week.  We started with Meg having a long ortho- appointment followed by Patrick's wedding rehearsal all in the same area.  So to kill time in-between we went to my favorite little haven...Panera.  ...more
Bren, I love not only eating and working at Panera, I also people watch there. I like to ...more

Have Kids or Sleep. Because You Can't Do Both.

You can search far and wide for any type of advice you'd like about sleep, sleep while pregnant, sleeping next to a pregnant person (which I don't recommend), getting your baby to sleep, etc... Ask family, read books, and Google whatever you want, but nothing, and I mean nothing, is going to compare to your own first-hand experience....more
Amen! I have a 3 year old and about 3 weeks away from my newborn arriving. Even now, Jenny has a ...more