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

11 Sweet and Fun Back to School Family Traditions to Start Now

Before I had kids, I imagined the first day of school as a 1970s movie with hazy lighting and dramatic music. Kids would cry as they climbed onto the bus, banging their hands against the windows, seeking escape. Parents would celebrate; the wine ...more

My Daughter's the N.K.O.T.B. and She's Not Hangin' Tough

Dear Mouthy Housewives, We moved to a new state over the summer. Everything is great, except my daughter is starting a new middle school very soon and she's scared out of her mind. What can I do to help her feel better about the ...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

The New Normal

It’s been a week since Alex pulled away from our homestead, and approximately 4.7 days since I hugged her in her dorm room and said goodbye. I knew the ensuing days would be tough, and guess what? I was right! ...more

Friday Night Leftovers- First Week of School Edition 

•We are starting to refine the school routine. You know, figuring out when to leave and how long things take. We will have it down shortly....more

Week-end: links & life {vol. 41}

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain When you wear a #gymselfie shirt, you have to take a selfie. And it’s more fun with friends ....more

A Profession Dependent on the Generosity of its own Employees

This week begins the 4th Annual RedditGifts for the Teachers. ...more

Five On Friday

It's time for another edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join along! Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found ....more

The four worst on-screen births

One of the unexpected downsides to having a baby is that I can no longer watch Grey's Anatomy without wanting to throw my coffee at the screen. The same goes for Private Practice, Offspring or any other show that involves a lot of babies being born....more

Friday 5

5 simple happenings from the week. The weather has been perfect all week and we've been soaking it up. Justin and Vaughn are away at soccer practice two nights a week which gives Vance and I plenty of mother/son time ....more

New Wearable Tech for the SAHM that Will Blow Your Mind

Do you ever wish that you had a coach to help you through those mom moments where you’re about to lose your shit? Wearable tech to remind you to control your breathing and calm the fuck down?... [[ This is a content summary only ....more

That Friday Post

Well another week has come and gone, which means we are one week closer to meeting this babe! And one week closer to me not working for a year. And one week closer to chaos! ...more

oh hey, friday! | yellowstone

hiiiiiiii! hi!so...i have some good news and bad news.1 - i'm totally skipping oh hey, friday! today because yesterday afternoon my farmer, the girls, and i booked it off the farm and drove to yellowstone.was this a planned trip? ...more