About Those Things I Said I'd Never Say or Do as a Parent ... Oh, Well

Marriage and parenting are two of the most idealized life experiences. There are so many elements of growing up -- and raising people to grown-ups -- that we don’t consider. And when we do consider them it's almost always with an air of "Oh, I’ll ...more

Autism's Past, Present, and Future: An Interview With 'NeuroTribes' Author Steve Silberman

Steve Silberman is not the first writer to invest a significant chunk of his life in a book about autism. But he's the first whose book NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, does right by autistic people, and those who ...more

An Open Letter to Typical Parents on the First Day of School

Dear Typical Parent, Hi there! I saw you this morning at the bus stop, taking pictures of your kids in their new clothes with shiny backpacks and haircuts. My son was the little guy with a hole in the back of his shirt where he ripped out the ...more

3 Helpful Tips For Navigating Target's New Genderless Toy Section (a.k.a. Our New Dystopia)

As you've surely heard by now, either via news reports or your homophobic aunt ranting on Facebook about how this is yet another sign of the end times, Target has announced they are no longer labeling their store toy aisles by gender. No more pink ...more

I Failed at My Summer To-Do List, and I Couldn't Be Happier

Summer vacation is gone. Like, seriously. Gone. I remember in May, before summer even started, I wrote out my daily schedule that I was planning to have throughout summer, along with what all I would accomplish both personally and with my ...more

How I'm Helping My Kids Build Confidence

We're teaming up with the Representation Project (of which I have always been a fan) and their new #BuildConfidence initiative, to talk about how we, as parents, can celebrate, inform and empower mentors who model positive self-esteem and body image. This is my take. ...more

Should You Join the PTA? The Answer Might Surprise You

My first introduction to the PTA (or Parent Teacher Association) was through my mother's typewriter. Click, clack. Click, clack. My mother, co-president of the PTA, had volunteered to type up the recipe submissions for "Koala Kitchen," a cookbook put together and sold by the PTA as a fundraiser for my elementary school. ...more

I Used My Experience As 'The Fat Kid' To Teach My Kids About Body Image and Kindness

We were driving the other day when my mind got blown. Kids never fail to freak me out in all kinds of ways. Here's what went down. ...more

Alternative PTO Fundraising: Why We Won't Make the Switch

Recently a uniquely honest and humorous fundraising letter was sent home to parents from the PTO at their students’ middle school. The letter went viral (it was shared close to 200,000 times, last I checked) within just a few short hours, and the comments made were overwhelmingly positive....more

Frantic (But Still Fun!) On A Friday

I'm just going to be short, sweet and to the point here:I don't have time to blog today. I really don't. I have this really, really big thing and I have to do some stuff in anticipation of the announcing of this really big thing and on top of that I just came back from vacation so I've got stuff heaped up all around me.I promise, Monday will be business as usual ....more

Something Leisurely

I had some hours of true rest today, and I knew it. How? I knew I was resting because of one adjective: leisurely ....more

Minimalist Baby Shower Brunch

That beautiful glowing momma right there in the middle is my dear friend, Cassaundra. ...more

Clubfoot Baby Essentials

End of Summer Recap (2015)

Can you believe how fast this summer went? I always say that the older I get, the faster time flies. It makes me sad ....more

The journey to marriage equality

Earlier this week was the 95th anniversary of the day women gained the right to vote in this country. I saw many people sharing links about the date, the significance of it all, and I couldn't help but laugh at the tagline Facebook attached to the story. "Happy Women's Equality Day!"I wouldn't go that far.It's not as though finally being given the right to vote automatically conferred equality then - after all we had to be "given" that right by men and women of color were in many places stopped from exercising their rights fully for several decades to follow ....more

Saturday Chores with Cottonelle

*This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, all opinions however are my own....more

dining room tour + table

Jazz hands, folks.Slowly but surely I'm hoping to e-walk you through our house. Today, we've got the dining room on deck. I say tour...more

One More Chat, Mama

The bedtime routine is nearing its end. I can see the finish line! I can see my glass of wine, waiting for me in the kitchen down below.I lean in for the last kiss and wait for it. I know it’s coming, as it does almost every night.“One more chat, Mama?”It’s what my almost three-year-old asks of me nightly....more