Make an Easy, Family Costume and Stay on Budget!

Our costumes have always been homemade. The problem with homemade costumes when you're me is this: I have absolutely no sewing skills. Sure, I can re-affix a button to a shirt, but there have been several times my sweet, talented sister Jenny has ...more

Trunk or Treating? Check Out These Fun Ideas!

Have you heard of Trunk or Treat? It's often an event sponsored by a church or community group as an alternative to Trick or Treating. A group of people gather, typically in a parking lot. They decorate the trunks of their vehicles, and instead of ...more

Kate Winslet Doesn't Think Celebrity Moms Should Complain

I stumbled across this article over at HuffPost which made much of a statement given in the November issue of Marie Claire about being a working mom. ...more

Competitive Parenting? Nope! Not Me!

Well... at least I tried really hard not to. I read a blog post this morning by Christine Organ on Scary Mommy titled, 10 Reasons I Quit Competitive Parenting, which is about no longer caring about keeping up with the Joneses or trying to outdo ...more

Autism Tries to Keep Me Isolated

And here I sit… again. I've been thinking about a post on the reality of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) parental isolation for years, but have been afraid to publish. And here I sit… desperately needing to talk to someone with no one at all to ...more

Don't Make This Horrible Parenting Mistake

When I was eight years old, I wanted to be a singer. When I was nine years old, I wanted to be an actress. And when I was ten years old, I wanted to be a writer. As I entered my teen years, my ideas of what I wanted to be varied each year, but wanting to be a singer, actress, and writer never left my mind. ...more

How to Make a Haunted Halloween Playhouse for Kids

I love taking Halloween to the next level, and I love taking my kids along for the ride. I'm not saying I came up with the original idea of spray-painting an old playhouse to transform it into a spooky house—but I am saying that I added a few new funky spins on this Halloween classic I am pretty smitten with. Oh yeah, and the mini Halloween lovers in my house love it, too. ...more
Love this idea! Wish I had one when I was a kid! :Dmore

Can a Toddler Learn Anything from Yoga Class?

My daughter Emma and I attended her first toddler yoga class last week. The class was pretty much what you would expect for a course designed for 1-3 year olds. We barked as we did our downward dogs and alternated between mooing and meowing during cat-cow. The moms sang a cute song with “OM” in the chorus. Emma pushed me off the mat and tried to imitate the poses. The toddlers stole water bottles from each other. I laid quietly during savasana while Emma ran around the room, screaming at the top of her lungs. ...more
Oh!  I teach a yoga class for preschoolers (ages have varied over the years but generally 2-5) ...more

10 Important Lessons I’ve Learned Since Becoming a Mom

As my sister is due (literally) to give birth to my first nephew at any moment, I’ve been thinking much about the many questions she’s asked me during the past months as well as all I’ve learned since my oldest, Jack, was born more than eight years ago....more

The Legacy I Want to Leave Behind

I'm fortunate to have both a daughter and a son. What this also means is that I also get to battle all kinds of dumb messages about gender roles and crappy societal ideas. The messages my son will grow up hearing one day to "be a man" or "act like a man" sicken me and I'll save that for next week's post. Today I want to talk about my daughter and the garbage that all of our girls are forced to stomach everyday starting at an age when they can't decipher what is truth and what is complete shit....more

Don't Make This Horrible Parenting Mistake

When I was eight years old, I wanted to be a singer. When I was nine years old, I wanted to be an actress. And when I was ten years old, I wanted to be a writer. As I entered my teen years, my ideas of what I wanted to be varied each year, but wanting to be a singer, actress, and writer never left my mind. ...more

Things I Could Teach My Son but That He'd Be Better Off Learning from His Dad

Moms struggle with their full mommy plates. We struggle with how much we do (getting kids dressed, combed, fed, clean-toothed, packing lunches, putting shoes on the correct foot - ours and our kids', telling the kids to not bite each other, and going to work) and then take on even more (taking on projects, buying presents for birthday parties, making doctor appointments, rescheduling doctor appointments, cleaning up, making dinner, working out, finding time to have a glass of wine and chat with our husbands... and friends......more

Coasting in the classroom

There are several people in my office who stand while they work. I admire them. Because although I know I need to stand up more in my day, I'm not yet at the point where I am ready to raise my desk. (I'd have to stop wearing heels to the office, for one thing.)...more

SAHMs Need Not Apply? Oh, Please.

“This is NOT a good job for a stay-at-home mom looking to fill a few hours between yoga and picking up the kids. It requires full concentration, the schedule can be erratic, and our clients are past the Gummy bear stage.” Hi. I am a SAHM.  I ran across this job posting looking for an Office Manager in a Mom’s forum, and….you just can’t pass this up without commenting.  You just can’t. ...more

5 Fun Ways Kids Can Have a Great Halloween (Without Eating All The Candy)

When it comes to raising my 7-year-old daughter, one of the biggest challenges has been getting her to eat healthy. I’ve tried teaching her about nutrition, playing games, and yes—even a little bit of light-hearted bribery. But as it turns out, little girls are also little tanks that enjoy eating every delicious morsel in sight....more

Glitter-covered almost-empty nest

Our dining table is a disaster. We bought it twenty years ago, when our family expanded from four to six. It has seen numerous dinners and holidays and homework projects. The finish is ruined. There are dots from markers and gouges from toddler flatware. If you look closely, you can see someone was upset about doing homework, and their vice-like grip on a pencil carved a few letters and numbers into the table....more

The things we're not taking pictures of

My husband and I honeymooned at an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica. It. Was. Awesome. I mean, come on. There was a soft serve ice cream machine on the beach. Dream come true.I need to go back. Sigh …We loved so much about Jamaica and our resort, but one thing drove us crazy: the photographers. They were everywhere. They were trying to capture all of the fun vacation moments for their guests....more

The 4 Year-Old Curriculum

The 4 year old starts Pre-K this year. In our public school district, Pre-K is free and lasts half the day, much like Kindergarten in days gone by. This is because Pre-K is the new Kindergarten. Kindergarten is the new First Grade. First is the new Second, and after that you'd better be ready to take the SAT's, kid, cause it's about that time.  Hopefully somewhere in there you find time to learn to tie your shoes....more