Girl. Woman. Girl. Girl. Girl. Girl.

She was 14, maybe. Her mom or caregiver yanked her by the arm, and hissed, "What is wrong with you?"  ...more

My Version of Motherhood

Editor's Note: Writing -- whether it's for long pieces or a quick-hit NaBloPoMo post -- is all about dedication. It takes a real commitment to sit, focus, tune out the world, and put your stories on the page. This post was about setting a timer for ...more

Too Much Stuff: An All-American Problem

Editor's Note: This NaBloPoMo post was originally published on November 9, 2015. ...more

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable or Drive the Guests Away With These 9 Tips

And there are the social dynamics to consider: Who should sit by whom? Little Janie is in 6th grade now and has the start of teen angst, is she going to be offended by having to sit at the kids' table? Will all of my relatives get along, or will ...more

When Your Dog Awkwardly Kills Your Other Pet

No better way to ruin a tea party than to have your pet casually murder your other pet. ...more

Don't Lose Confidence in Your Writing

I do believe in the power of what you tell yourself, but affirmation can only go so far. What will carry you through to the other side is the decision to become a fighter. You can't go down and if you start to slip, you can't stop coming back up for yourself. The first thing you fight is the thought of giving up. ...more
Arnebya  Yes, the belief of course, but the fight every day to not lose that belief... that's ...more

How My Son Got Me to Work Out at the Crack of Dawn

Editor's note: Working out on a regular (or even semi-reg) basis is kind of like taking part in NaBloPoMo. You have to show up and do the work every day, no excuses. This post was originally published on November 17. --Nicole ...more

12 of My Favorite Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Editor's Note: Watching kids getting deep into books is always a treat. And seeing them get excited to learn or laugh -- or both! -- about holidays like Thanksgiving is pretty high up there, too. This NaBloPoMo piece offers up some great choices for children's books about Thanksgiving. It was originally published on November 15. --Nicole ...more

How I learnt a Failure is an Accomplishment....

NaBloPoMo nov.30 PromptWe all have our goals; short term ,long term, beyond expectations, etc.Everyday we involve in  tasks, each task leads to a particular goal. By the end of the day we achieve something after tiring ourselves. Sometimes we are uncertain of whether it deserves a celebration or not. In my point of view,every achievement is worth celebrating, not each one of them need occasions but at least a self-admiration; a compliment to that confused image staring at us from the mirror....more

Holiday Crafting

Time Goes Fast as it Slowly Marches On

Today is November 30.The last day of November.Tomorrow is December.Um. I swear I blinked and November started. Then I blinked again and November ended....more

Thank You for Visiting!

My blog site Thank you for joining me over this last month.  I hope I have written something...more

Teas & Kitties // November 30, 2015

  Well hello there! I don't know about you, but I had quite the week... and funnily enough, the show I was in is actually about a pair of women out for coffee. They haven't caught up in a while, and a crazy amount of things has happened....more

Ten Lessons Learned From NaBloPoMo 2015

  Well, it’s here. The last day of NaBloPoMo 2015, and I’m disappointed I didn’t quite make it. As I explained yesterday, I missed six days, mostly consecutive, during the Thanksgiving holiday. Bummer. ...more

NaBloPoMo (11/2015) - Day 30: All I want for Christmas....

 Here we are, Kids. It's November 30 and the month is over. This is my last post for National Blog Posting Month. My friends are finishing up their word counts for National Novel Writing Month. Tomorrow, we start counting down the last 31 days of 2015....more

The Finish Line!

NaBloPoMo Post #30 Crossing It, But Still Running  ...more

"If you have no intention of loving or being loved, then the whole journey is pointless."

I just finished reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. In one sitting. Practically drowning in my own tears.    ...more

Taking Out the Trash

About once a year, we arm ourselves with trash bags and walk through our neighborhood to pick up trash. We probably should do it more often. Maybe we will, as the kids get older....more