No Boys in the Pink Aisles!

We went in the forbidden pink aisles. I managed to snag the family car and escape, with both boys, to Target. We wandered the aisles with a strict list and stopped only to ooh and aah over every Christmas Tree. We sang carols and walked through ...more

Letting Go of Expectations

The first snow presents challenges. Which shoes to wear? Coat? Is it going to melt? With the morning's fresh covering of white, I made decisions fast and furious to get to the bus. I grabbed the heavier coat, stuffed some mittens in the backpack, ...more

Do Your Kids Know These Things From the 80s?

Before streaming, DVDs, or CDs, there were the '80s. Back when using your tape recorder to make a mix tape off the radio was cool. A time when real people worked at the radio station, and you could call and dedicate a TOTALLY AWESOME song from ...more

My Son Came Out, So What Do We Do Now?

My brilliant, quirky, wise, witty, wonderful 13-year-old son shared with me this week the fact that he is gay. And it's not a surprise to me or anyone who knows him—with his flair for impeccable fashion advice to his love of all things sparkly ...more

Nope. You Can't Punch Someone Who Complains About Your Whiny Kid

I'm a mom, but I'm siding with Natalie Bree Hajek-Richardson on this unbelievable story. That's the woman who got punched in the face outside a Nordstrom Rack for asking the mother of a tantrum throwing child if she could calm her child. ...more

Would You Send a Gift When The Invitation Reads "No Gift, Please"?

Here’s a brain teaser: A girl receives an invitation to a birthday party. The invitation specifically states “no gifts, please”. Should the girl:a) run out and buy the perfect gift for the birthday girl; she’s no Scrooge  b) show up at the party empty-handed; after all, the invitation was quite clearorc) scratch her head and wonder what the phrase “no gifts” really means ...more

26 New Elf on the Shelf Ideas for 2015

Thanksgiving is almost here! That means a few things in our household: 1. Delicious, delicious foods will be enjoyed 2. Browsing through Black Friday ads and the start of Christmas shopping 3. Reese, our Elf on the Shelf, is returning!!! ...more

5 Gift Ideas for Your Picky Tween (That Aren't a Toy)

I have a ten-year-old, and man, tweens are the worst people to shop for. Are they too old for dolls and toys? Are they too young for technical gizmos and clothes? No kid wants to open a gift card. I've scoured the pitches, the Internet and the catalogs to find these five fun gift ideas for tween girls. ...more
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Family Table

We are a blended family and our seating varies weekly with parenting plans and children living between two homes. ...more

Graphic Novel Week and Nonfic Recommendations

Howdy!! So, it’s still November, which means that I’m still talking about Nonfiction this month! Yay! ...more

Another YouTube Video!!!

It's only been a month since my last video!I know.Too long!Well, here it is people!Enjoy!Oh, and ya, it's got some Halloween in what, it's not Thanksgiving yet! ...more

Thanksgiving Memories

What is your earliest Thanksgiving memory?  Was Thanksgiving a big deal at your house when you were a kid?  It certainly was at ours.  And not always in a good way, I might add....more


Connor: This boy certainly isn't lacking personality. He is comfortable in his own skin and loves being around his friends, who this week he has taken to calling "my people". ...more


It's been a long time! We've had a couple of sickies, including me. Hence the lack of posts.Cheese Puff rallied from strep last week very quickly ....more

Let me just say this. . .

It’s pretty darn awesome to live about 5 minutes away from good friends, who also have kids your kid enjoys playing with. That’s some good, good stuff to be seriously appreciated. On those nights, settling in on the couch, cozy in your own home, feels even more comforting, as the lingering effects of good fellowship and camaraderie continues to warm you ....more

The Crystal Ball She Wished She’d Had

I read the comments on an...more

My Kids Saw The Mockingjay Movie

In a follow-up to one of my best and most judged parenting decision – letting my nine year old read The Hunger Games Trilogy – and taking her to the movie – I’ve now taken my current nine year old to see the new Mockingjay movie. ...more