No Chimney? Leave Santa a Magic Key!

No chimney? No problem! Ease those curious minds by leaving a magical key on the front door so Santa can let himself in on Christmas Eve. ...more

20 Real (and Gross) Things You Need to Know About Pregnancy

I will preface this tale with a small disclaimer: If you had an easy pregnancy, you are one lucky bitch.This is not normal. Should you feel compelled to discount the torturous experiences that many of us have had, please save it for the baby book. ...more

Refocus Your Kids This Holiday Season

Do you get frustrated with your kids over focus on stuff at Christmas? Having children deeply affected how I think about Christmas. During my son’s first Christmas, I realized that he was going to get a lot of stuff. He was the first grandkid on ...more

How Do You Raise Happy Kids?

I had an epiphany the other day. It was a terrifying moment of clarity that made my palms sweat and my heart race. Suddenly one of my long-term goals as a parent didn't seem so, well, long-term. One day, my kids are going to be adults. Crap. I ...more

I Accidentally Told My Kids About Santa

I'm a little off my game this week, so when, without fanfare, I announced that there is no Santa, I was not of right mind. I apologize to my children, my husband, and to elves everywhere. ...more

When You Meet Someone Who Also Lost a Twin Daughter

I recently became friends with a mother on my daughter’s cheerleading squad. There was an instant affinity between us, though we had little enough in common. She’s the mother of five; I have two. She works full time; I stay at home. She has an au pair (a real one, from a foreign country and everything); I don’t even know a neighborhood kid that I could call to babysit. But we bonded anyway, over the shrill yells, mistimed choreography, and the joy of watching our daughters be a part of a team. And one day, we bonded over something else. ...more
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The Comeback Kid: 6 Ways You Can Improve The Holiday Handover

No matter how much you know and trust that your child is safe, loved, and well cared for with your ex, it can be difficult having your kids away for a week or many weeks at a time. Being able to walk into your child’s room and see them sleeping or to be able to give them a hug whenever you feel like it are good, good feelings. However, handovers involve at least three people’s feelings and that can complicate things. Here are some tips to make the transition as smooth as possible....more

My Neighbor's Decorations Are Ruining My Christmas

Dear Mouthy Housewives,One of my neighbors really loves Christmas. Like, really, really, really loves Christmas. ...more
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Are you STILL Breastfeeding?

I’m part of a freaky club full of women who breastfeed their adult children. Only kidding, she’s 18 months and she can’t even talk yet, but as far as a large segment of the population is concerned, same difference. Considering my previous records of one feed and three months, I never in my wildest dreams though I would be saying this but EIGHTEEN MONTHS AND GOING STRONG!!!! ...more

Something Infinitely Interesting 12-13-14

Is there anything better than a family wedding? Last weekend the familia gathered at the bocce ball courts on a crisp and rain free Saturday afternoon to celebrate the marriage of Cassandra and Martin....more

Holiday Happenings

First of all, it looks a little different around here but you are in the right place! It was time for a much needed update, and my blog designer did a great job updating the look! I can't believe it's only a week until Christmas! ...more

Ryker Owen: 18 Months + VTech Toy Giveaway

Ryker received the VTech toys to play with as part of this post. All thoughts and...more

Review: Polka Dot Bake Shop Soft Brittle

One of my (many!) favorite local businesses in Charlotte is a local bakery called Polka Dot Bake Shop. I have bought cupcakes from there for parties, for a quick "thank you" gift, and then just for us as a special treat! When they contacted me in November to see if I was interested in trying their new soft brittle, I immediately jumped on board! ...more

Christmas Gift Ideas For Your One Year Old

Initially, I intended to keep things pretty low key for Mallory this year. She is too young to really get excited about Christmas and is perfectly happy playing with the dog food bowls/emptying cabinets.  ...more

6 Ways to Check Yourself When Parenting Makes You Feel Mean

Lately, I’ve been stuck in a severe funk where being a mom is concerned. Have you ever felt this way? For the first time since Chickie was a newborn, I’ve been struggling with bouts of anger, resentment, loathing, and borderline severe depression. Before I go any further, I want to make a few points crystal clear…...more

4 Ways We've Raised Our Daughter to Not Only Be Good but to Do Good

If there's one thing I've learned over the last three years of being a parent it's that I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. I’m just being honest. I read all the books, took all the classes, listened to all the unwanted wanted advice, and watched all the parenting videos but let's be real - there is nothing that can prepare you for having your first child. It's a crazy roller coaster ride of emotions....more

That Time I Scared the Hell Out of My Kid

I’m going to tell you a story. This story may be very polarizing in response. You may think I am the meanest/worst mom ever OR you may high five your computer screen and send me a Starbucks twitter coffee (a girl can dream) ....more

My Daughter's 10 Commandments for Parents

1.    Don’t be afraid to leave me for mommy/daddy time. Yes, I may cry but it’s only because I love you and that’s a good thing, right? We’ll see each other soon. 2.    I may be small but my feelings matter. I am still a human after all, albeit a small one. Please consider my feelings when you speak to me. Your words have the ability to hurt, help, or inspire me. Choose wisely. 3.    Did you know there are only 940 Saturdays from the day I was born till the day I leave for college?...more