The Flying, Healing Gift I Received When We Nearly Lost Our Son

My husband and I watched the movie About Time a few nights ago. It’s the story about a guy who can travel back in time whenever he wants, and he does so to get the girl of his dreams and the outcome he wants in certain life situations. I was ...more

Use These Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Day

Ever feel like there aren't enough hours in one day? I get you. I totally do. Time management is a tricky thing. When I started on my work-at-home journey, the biggest struggle I had was time management. I don't have regular working hours. Sure, I ...more

I Can't Remember My Son's First Words

First, let me say that I love my son. He has brought more joy to my life than I could ever have imagined. Good, now that we have that straight, I must confess. I don’t actually remember all of my son’s firsts. Nor do I have video documentation ...more

Can We Survive a Low-Tech Summer?

For the past few years, I have debated the benefits of letting my kids use technology during summer vacation. Most of the time, we are an unabashedly tech-friendly house. My kids have e-readers and laptops and our house probably has a few too many ...more

New House Rules!

Ridiculous in light of more important rules we need around here, but hey, a girl can dream. Funny thing is, we don't actually even HAVE any official household rules. It's on my list to thoughtfully draft some one day soon. I probably would have done ...more

BlogHer, Huffington Post Join Forces to Address Work/Life Conflict. Join Us!

We have all been there. Or, more accurately, not been there. We have missed a soccer game, an important day at school, a key doctor appointment for a sick parent. Or we have had to make impossible choices: sending a feverish child to school, fingers crossed he won't get worse, so you can go to work; putting off doctor appointments you know you need because you don't know how to fit them into your work schedule; going back to work just weeks after your baby is born because your family simply cannot afford to go without your salary....more
Oh, I am sooo glad you are doing this. This topic is near and dear to my heart, having worked in ...more

We All Want to Raise Strong, Brave Girls

First of all, just writing that title made me go “AHJHJKJgajgdajsgdjhagdhja” because we all want this for our daughters, don’t we? We all want our daughters to grow up brave and empowered, able to stick up for themselves in an unpressured environment that, frankly, does not exist. And that’s really the root of all of this, isn’t it? The world is a rollercoaster. How do we help our girls ride without puking? Is there an antidote? An emotional Dramamine we can prescribe to keep them from feeling sick as they go up and down and upside down and backwards? ...more
Girls are not always neat and sweet. They don't always measure up to an idealized, version of ...more

Beyond Disneyland: California Destinations My Autistic Son Loves

"We love it when our guests are happy!" That's what the red-coated Monterey Bay Aquarium official told me, as she and I stood next to my son Leo, who was blissfully sprawled out on the the floor looking up at a tank full of sparkling anchovies. I had just explained to her that Leo was enraptured rather than upset or injured, and I hoped it was OK for him to be on the floor since his sisters and I were ringing him and he wasn't in anyone's way. Autism acceptance as guest relations policy. What a wonder. What a gift. ...more
Its a shame places like this dont have one day a week or a month dedicated to those with special ...more

'Round my hometown

I'm here today to show you that I am a woman of my word! When I said I was feeling inspired to take more advantage of everything going on in and around our city, I meant it. Quarry Splash Pad + Rita's...more

Handmade Secrets to Keep {with Aubrey Plays}

***This is a sponsored post. I received merchandise in exchange for this review....more

DIY Travel Activity Box

Ideas for keeping kids busy in the back seat (or on the airplane) while traveling is something that almost every parent struggles with at some point. I have always tried hard to come up with fun (but inexpensive) ways to make the fun last while traveling. This simple DIY travel activity box is easy to make, but has a lot of variation for use thanks to some Scotch® Duct Tape! ...more

Where I create

If you are like me you will probably go shopping today for the week ahead. If you do, check out the August issue of the Where Women Create magazine. I am in it!...more

That's Not Hummus!

I pride myself on healthy eating.It's my thing.But I've been slipping lately. I work from home. It's intense and hurried. I cram my work into the times my children are at camp and daycare, and I cram my food in, too.I love my job. I do. It's dreamy. I work on a cause I believe in, use many of my skills, and get to work from home with flexible hours at a respectable salary. I'm lucky. It's a privilege. Most people don't get to balance their profession, family, and personal time like I do....more

Sedona, AZ with Kids

We recently made a short drive up to Sedona, AZ for a little staycation and family time. I always love road trips because it’s so easy to throw everything in the car (we recently bought an SUV for the first time so loving that!) and go! It takes about an hour and a half to drive from our house in Phoenix to Sedona ....more

color me hungry – kitchen aid & ice cream GIVEAWAY

it’s been a while since we’ve done a giveaway around here and i was getting a bit hungry myself. so a few of my blog friends and i wanted to giveaway another kitchen aid, of course in whatever color you’d like. i have this ice cream attachment too and i LOVE it ....more

Creatives: 4 Things To Consider As Your Pursue A Dream

I receive emails every week asking for advice on owning an online art shoppe, doing so with children, and my journey to being a professional, producing artist...and what it takes to get here....more

Monday’s Random Ramblings – The Dummy & His Motorcycle

Every Monday I free-write whatever comes to mind. I can’t promise you quality. I can’t promise you the feels ....more