Oops! I Said "It" Again

Let me just start with me acknowledging that that some people are not going to like this post. The more I share on my blog about my mom-fails, the more people comment to me online about how horrible my parenting actually is. I fully recognize ...more

Yep, You're Gonna Fart

As women, many of us pride ourselves in our composure, femininity, and grace. I like being the woman of my husband’s life. In his mind, I do not pass gas, I am patient and kind, smart and quick witted. I am his wife and his best friend. We are ...more

No Shame Here!

If you want to jump right into the belly of the parenting beast in 2015, just mention the words screen time: a term that only emerged in the last few years to encompass all of the electronics in our lives and how much we use them. ...more

Do You Make Your Kids Hug?

I absolutely adore my children’s relationship with one another. They may not admit it, ever, but I know they are each other’s best friend. My daughter is nine and will definitely not admit it, but when I act like I don’t know who my son is or ...more

Fading Memories of Adoption

We looked through old papers tonight, pages of them, some in English, most in Spanish, documents pulled out of a torn white envelope, each one signifying some step in the adoption of one of our three children from Nicaragua. In the papers were ...more

My Run for Office: Why Call It a State House When So Few Mothers Are In It?

I had expected February to be another month of juggling book promotions for my ibook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy, not to mention college applications for my oldest son, but instead, I spent the better part of the month running for the Hawaii State Legislature....more

5 Clothing Essentials for Nursing Moms

After three kids and 67 months breastfeeding (plus hopefully at least another two for my toddler and probably another 24 for baby #4 on the way), I've spent way more time in my nursing clothes than I ever will in my expensive maternity clothes. ...more

No, You Really Can't Give My Kid Sugar

Dear well-meaning, loving, kind people who offer my daughter sweets, I would love to give my daughter cake just as much as you would. I would love to give her cheesecake on my birthday. I would love to give her more than one tiny bite of one little Swedish fish for Valentine’s Day. I want to say yes to her, and I want to say yes to you when you offer to give her a bite of your delicious pastry....more
Sounds like you are very in tune with your child's needs! I am wondering if your daughter might ...more

Move over Jan Sport…

There’s really nothing like a cat peeing in your backpack to inspire you to do some online shopping. ...more

Toddlers & Their Toys (Do You Have It Right?)

What does your toddler like to play with?Living with a 17-month-old has really taught me what is and isn't appropriate for her in the context of interest when it comes to toys.  You always see the age group on the boxes and it's the ones I find that say 6 - 36 months that really only hold your child's attention until they are about one year. While it may still be useful in educating them in later years, they moved on from that toy....more

4 Things I’ve Learned by Being a MOM

Parenting doesn’t come with instructions. It is scary at times and worrisome, as we don’t always know if we are doing it right. We struggle to understand what a baby means every time she cries. As she grows up, we struggle to understand why she eats certain foods and not others, why she prefers certain people to others. We struggle to understand why she does better at certain subjects in school and not others, and why she really likes this boy who, in our opinion, doesn’t deserve our little princess. We also struggle to understand why she rolls her eyes every time we have something to say....more

My Run for Office: Why Call It a State House When So Few Mothers Are In It?

I had expected February to be another month of juggling book promotions for my ibook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy, not to mention college applications for my oldest son, but instead, I spent the better part of the month running for the Hawaii State Legislature....more

And that's a {weekend} wrap.

I'm pretty good at posting weekend wrap-ups on Tuesday. I move to the beat of my own slow drum, I guess....more

So Cal in Sept with some desert on the Side

Like I said before, I can't believe this little family getaway of our slipped through the cracks. It was one of our favorites from last summer....more

I Cannot Go Back, But I Have Today

My youngest daughter has Down syndrome, and when I say she has blessed my life I’m not simply using a cliche, the significance of those words flow through me along with the blood that runs through my body, giving me life. She has been an agent of change in my heart, she has transformed me. Completely ....more

Skinny Caesar Spinach!

I was in between lunch and dinner a couple days ago and felt hungry for a snack. Looking in my fridge, I had a bag of baby organic spinach and I thought, I don’t feel like a salad right now, but I could use some green veggies. Plain sauteed spinach didn’t quite sound flavorful enough, then I had a quick idea with only 2 ingredients ....more

february beauty favorites

I've realized that I haven't done a monthly beauty favorites post in a hot minute, so for February I am sharing my absolute favorite products- aka the products that I have used almost every day in the month. Spoiler alert: they all come from Birchbox. 1 // Amika Nourishing Mask I really think all Amika products just smell amazing! ...more

Reading with Kids Who Read on Their Own

Sometime around late fall, I realized I hadn’t read a book aloud to the boys in a hot minute. Lots of reading still took place daily in the house, but no one brought me a book and asked, “Will you read this to me?” Neither had I pulled one off the shelf and asked the boys to sit with me to listen to a story. The realization sat poorly with me, especially as I read the articles (and book) about the dad who read to his daughter for nine years straight ....more