6 Great Tips to Help Exercise Happen After Baby

The other night Dave and I were chatting with a group of friends, and one couple, who is expecting their first baby, asked us what the hardest part of adjusting to new parenthood was. It's a tough question, but I said that the most difficult part for ...more

Parenting Is Work Regardless of Your Job

Lately, I feel like articles about stay-at-home parents are exploding: How they're working, too. How it's difficult to get anything done with kids around. How you have no privacy. The lists go on and on.  ...more

To All My Single Ladies: A Letter From a Young Mom to Her Single Friends

Dear friend, I know we haven't talked in forever—like 8 months. I know I forgot to send a birthday card. I know you see my blog posts and wonder how I have time to blog when I keep failing to call you for a phone date. I know it seems ...more

Thanks for Your Concern, Now Please Parent Your Own Child

When my son was about six or seven, he took swimming lessons from one of the moms we had met at the local park. She had taught several of the kids we knew how to swim, and we figured that she could help our son overcome his fear of the deep end of ...more

What on Earth Is a Birth Plan?

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Having a baby today is so much different than it was 20 years ago. When I was was pregnant 20 years ago, two birth plans existed: Vaginal delivery or cesarean. There wasn't a choice between the two. A ...more

I'm a Mean Mom and I Don't Bluff

"If you aren't going to hold these toys, I'm putting them in the trash." No attention was paid toward my words. I repeated, slowly, firmly and a lot louder: "If you aren't going to hold these toys, I'm putting them in the trash." She heard me. She heard me every time. No attention toward my words again — for the fifth time in 5 minutes. (I know because she'd look at me dead in the eye and then deliberately turn away, purposefully neglecting to react.) ...more

A Letter To the Man Who Molested Me

Maybe I made this whole thing up? Maybe this never really happened? We've seen each other socially for years and years. I've hosted bridal and baby showers for both your daughter and daughter-in-law. We spend most holidays together, your family and mine. How could I be so seemingly calm if something really happened? ...more

6 Tips For Staying Sane When Moving With Children

Moving is daunting. Especially, when you have a bunch of kids in tow to cross the country (or ocean) with you. Your stress levels are pumping and the children get pesky as they don’t wan to leave, while you need to keep an eye on the movers and control everything on your checklist. ...more

Hitting the High Notes

Today's in-the-car-alone-at-6am-nobody-on-the-freeway-sing-at-the-top-of-your-lungs-and-dance-like-a-fool songs- You should have heard me try to hit those high notes. On second thought, you really shouldn't have. I may have had a pack of dogs following my car.I love 70's music.That is all ....more

I'm a Mean Mom and I Don't Bluff

"If you aren't going to hold these toys, I'm putting them in the trash." No attention was paid toward my words. I repeated, slowly, firmly and a lot louder: "If you aren't going to hold these toys, I'm putting them in the trash." She heard me. She heard me every time. No attention toward my words again — for the fifth time in 5 minutes. (I know because she'd look at me dead in the eye and then deliberately turn away, purposefully neglecting to react.) ...more

What If My Toddler Isn't Walking Yet?

 Ellie turned one year old and still wasn't walking, I began to become concerned. She had started pulling herself up at about 8 months and I thought walking would follow shortly thereafter. Then the progress just stopped. No more pulling up, and definitely no walking. Worrying as any first time mother would, I brought it to her pediatrician’s attention at her twelve month appointment.The pediatrician was a little concerned, but seemed to feel that Ellie just needed a little bit more time and encouragement to reach the walking milestone. We had just conquered Ellie’s below-average weight problem, so maybe this would just come in time as well. Because of my overly anxious parenting style (that I hope to conquer, by the way), I still could not keep from worrying each time I spoke with the mom of a ten, eleven, or twelve month old who was walking with aplomb. Each week that passed by with no walking upped my anxiety a little bit more. I attempted to hide it with airy comments “Oh, she’ll walk when she’s ready.” or “She’s working on it!”. But was she really?...more

What It’s REALLY Like To Book A Vacation On Groupon

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon Getaways. All opinions are 100% mine. I was chatting with some friends at a playdate about our trip to Ireland and when I mentioned that I booked it on Groupon everyone had a ton of questions ....more

25 Spring Acts of Kindness for Your Kids with Printable and Kindness Cards

Spring Acts of KindnessHere is a list of 25 things you can do with your kids this spring, for your RAKing pleasure....more

Taking Your Kids to See Newsies? Read This First.

Disney’s Newsies is playing now through Sunday at the Tennessee Center for Performing Arts (tickets are still available!), and...more

Forest Fairy Wings

We wake up in the morning and think... What will we do today?!I took a poll. Should we make something? ...more

A Letter To the Man Who Molested Me

Maybe I made this whole thing up? Maybe this never really happened? We've seen each other socially for years and years. I've hosted bridal and baby showers for both your daughter and daughter-in-law. We spend most holidays together, your family and mine. How could I be so seemingly calm if something really happened? ...more

Foster-Adopted Mama, You Got This

Ask any mom and you will find that they deal with incredible mommy guilt and simultaneously a deep desire to fix it. Nothing makes...more

How to Justify It (All)

Hit me with anything.  I can justify it.   Seriously.  We need a giant TV to save our family’s eyesight and to enhance our meaningful movie viewing opportunities.  Also we don’t need a giant TV because we don’t really use it that much and there are many better uses for the money.  Go ahead – try me.  Give me something outrageous.  A 3rd puppy?  You got it.  We need a 3rd puppy because one dog is older and one day will be dead so eventually we will just have two and that will be ...more