5 Quotes to Inspire Your Parenting

I recently gave birth to my second child, and it has caused me to think seriously about the ways in which I want to raise my children and the type of childhood that I want them to have. I've reflected on the philosophies that guide my thinking ...more

But Really, Quit Hating on Good Moms

I remember the moment well. About four years ago I invited a little girl over to play with my kids. Her mom dropped her off and we chatted while the kids played. Then she told me she'd be back in an hour. About seven minutes later, apparently ...more

10 Great Read Alouds for Your Young Valentines

One of my goals in life is to spend quality time with my family. Reading aloud is a great way to spend time with your children. In addition to building great memories, there are many academic reasons to read aloud. Reading to children ...more

Yes, You Can!

I’ve been working from home long before we had children. I started in 2007 when I opened up my own design company with my husband and set up our home office. There I was, free of the daily commute, Skyping into client conferences instead of ...more

5 Parenting Rules I Have Already Broken

Isn’t amazing how many things you tell yourself you won’t do when you become a parent? I often made notes of other parents around me doing some pretty crazy things to get their kids to behave or how they raised their children. I sat in judgement ...more

I'm Not an Idiot: Measles Outbreak, Vaccine Debates, and Your Name-Calling

When it comes to the vaccination debate, I don't usually "go there." I feel like we are all trying to inform ourselves make the best decisions for our families in a world full of misinformation brought to us by people more interested in power and money than the health of the general public. ...more
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Parenting In a Digital Age: Great Advice From a Millennial Mom

The summer before sixth grade, I got a new Tamagotchi and my very first screen name. I was now Petunia886, and as often as I could (or the phone lines would allow), I instant-messaged friends like GotMilk554, tinkered around with my Angelfire HTML coding and wasted hours searching for the perfect blinking .gif image to capture the ~*BFF-ness*~ of my friendships. ...more

Could She Be The One? My Mommy BFF?

You guys. I just had THE most perfect second date. ...more
MelissaKaye Aww! I wish! I'll take Boston any day -- even in four feet of snow. :-) And I'd love ...more

Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Disney Princess Training

I’ve been training for the Disney Princess Half Marathon for the last 3 months. I haven’t shared much because I wasn’t sure if I could do it….. So I spend the last week being lazy ....more

courage for the week 2.1.15

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Sunday Quickie: Housekeeping

Follow my blog with Bloglovin1. Happy Sunday! I'll keep this short ....more

The Design Consortium Launch and Giveaway!

I am so excited to present a new website and blog design business to you, The Design Consortium! This web design business is unlike any design company out there. This company was built on the idea that we need one simple place to outfit a blog or website ....more

Reading 32: February 1

Reading 32: February 1 (Click “Like” when you’ve finished today’s reading and feel free to share your thoughts below!) JOHN 6:60-65 (ESV) THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE 60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all ....more

tl;dr February

Up at 3am with Sambone the Hambone because he craves some midnight oil in his cereal just like his mama. And, I know you’re all, “I’m going to read blogs while the game is on and just watch the commercials.” But then the commercials come on, and you’re like, “Wait, I have children and these commercials are all naked,” so you just keep reading blogs. I’m right ....more

The Crystal Cult

As a working mother, constantly on the go- in with the in, as well as the know; I always like to keep a two-step advantage on my household, when at all possible. This includes educating myself on emerging trends, social studies, or aspects of human society. This would also apply to staying current with events. And, since I like to think of myself as a savvy and fashion forward mother, you may even find me sporting the latest prototype for something yet to be unveiled....more

The Upside of being a Mean Mommy

So, being a parent of children with Fragile X Syndrome is never boring.I mean, even all they have to go along with it keeps your mind spinning—ADHD, ODD, ASD, SPD... good heavens I have to have a PHD in abbreviations and acronyms!Anyway, what "not boring" is in our house usually starts as soon as Sister wakes up.She's always happy when she wakes up. Ninety-nine percent of the time.The challenge is, how long will the happiness last before she remembers something she has always wanted, needed last night and didn't get it, wants for Christmas right now, can't find what she "lost" or just plain doesn't get her way.Today it was all about a LEGO Club membership.I was in bed.I was tired.I didn't want to jump up at the queen's requests and, I guess, I was tired of trying to please her for the previous two hours that morning with no success.So, I just tried to tune out her constant shouts of disdain for my lack of mothering."Mommy! ...more

So Cal Snow Day

Back at the end of December, Southern California got a "big" winter storm. Now, first of all... I grew up in Ohio ....more

Help! Preschooler Prefers One Parent

Reader Preferred Parent writes: My fiance and I, both female, have been together since the birth of her child, who is almost three. The problem is that our daughter...more