20 Real (and Gross) Things You Need to Know About Pregnancy

I will preface this tale with a small disclaimer: If you had an easy pregnancy, you are one lucky bitch.This is not normal. Should you feel compelled to discount the torturous experiences that many of us have had, please save it for the baby book. ...more

Don't Have Kids If You Want to Be Happy

If you want to be happy, you shouldn’t have kids. That’s a fact. Or at least, Time magazine and the sociologists who conducted this study so. Parents get less sleep, have less money, and less independence. Parents have more stress, more marital ...more

In Defense of the Stage Mother

He stood on stage, happily singing and moving his arms in "perfect" coordination with the words of the songs. He was obviously having fun, as was I, and I sat there several feet away from the stage, feeling proud and joyful. I stared at my ...more

Christmas Clutter? Never Fear!

Merry Christmas! Now that you've unwrapped all the presents you carefully chose and purchased over a series of months, you get the joy of... cleaning it up. Yay? Don't fret. The following simple tips will help you organize the mess in quick ...more

Your Quality Time Matters!

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”- Thich Nhat Hanh Princess. Beautiful. Sweetheart. ...more

Why Do Autism "Experts" Say Such Awful Things?

“There is no human life that is more sacred than another—every human life is sacred.” - Pope FrancisYou want to break my heart? Show me the latest mainstream media piece about autism written by or featuring quotes from a non-autistic autism expert. Almost without exception, that expert is going to say something that self-righteously dehumanizes, endangers, invokes pity for, or degrades my autistic son. My beloved, delightful, innocent son—who has done nothing to deserve such scorn.Maybe you can understand, now, why my heart never stops breaking. ...more
Great piece and I agree wholeheartedly! We must teach the world to see our amazing children as ...more

Aren't We All Stage Mothers?

He stood on stage, happily singing and moving his arms in "perfect" coordination with the words of the songs. He was obviously having fun, as was I, and I sat there several feet away from the stage, feeling proud and joyful. I stared at my second-grader the whole night. As far as my eyes were concerned, there was only one spotlight and it was all on him. Remember those advertisements or movie scenes where the parent looks at their grown child but actually sees the younger or "baby" version of that child instead? I had that experience. ...more
I agree with this article but I don't think any of that is what a "Stage Mother" is?  I thought ...more

4 Super Simple Tips To Clean Up The Holiday Clutter

Merry Christmas! Now that you've unwrapped all the presents you carefully chose and purchased over a series of months, you get the joy of... cleaning it up. Yay? Don't fret. The following simple tips will help you organize the mess in quick fashion, leaving you with more time to sit and enjoy the rest of your holiday. ...more

My Week(217) in iPhone Photos

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! We had a great week! ...more

A Wee Christmas Wrap-Up

Now that Christmas is over, I’ve been trying to shift my focus to the new year and yay, 2015 and all that. But before I can really commit to some reflection and intention and planning, I really need to GET THESE DECORATIONS OUT OF HERE. Normally I wait until after New Year’s to take down everything, but not this time ....more

Thinking Out Loud on a Trailer Hitch I’d Rather Be Raised By A Good Time where Everything Is Awesome!

We are entering week two of the kids and hubby being home on Winter Break. My sanity thus far remains intact, but there are no promises come the end of this week. Ahem ....more

The Most Wonderful Time of Year has Come and Gone

The most wonderful time of year has come and gone. I don’t know if you noticed, but the stores wasted no time in putting away the Christmas merchandise and have brought out the Valentine’s AND Easter candy. I know, right? ...more

New Year’s Resolutions For Moms

I’m typically not a resolution maker, but if I were….maybe I’d stop lying to my kids and stop saying “never.”...more

Thanks For Stopping By, Santa

I know most everyone is done celebrating Christmas, but we're just today discovering that Santa stopped at our house. And HOOBOY am I aware that Santa stopped by because Alexis mentioned it a time or ten thousand while waiting very impatiently for everyone to gather in the family room so gifts could be opened. It took something like half an hour for that to happen, by the way ....more

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New Years Eve Party Ideas

Christmas is over and that gives us barely any time to get ready for the New Years Eve bash that I’m sure you’ve got all planned out! Or…maybe not? I hadn’t given New Years a single thought until about 2 days ago, and then I invited everyone I knew over…and then they all already had plans ....more

how to throw a budget friendly holiday party

And by "budget friendly" I mean literally NO budget. I am no expert on party planning and even less of an expert on budgeting, but I did throw a little holiday party recently and we are rather strapped for cash with Mike in grad school and me home with the kids, so here are some ideas I thought I'd share from my recent party planning endeavors.1. Use what you have: even though most parties pictured on Pinterest show all matching serving platters coupled with matching plates, cups and drink pitchers, when you are on a budget, you just do not have the cash to spring for a new set of party dishes. I do however have quite the hodgepodge of various assorted hand-me-down dishes and thrift store purchases that have made their way into my china cabinet over the years, so I just used what I had and pretend that I intended them not to match ....more

Christmas 2014

I hope you had a lovely Christmas. We spent 7 days in Northern Virginia with family, and while it was very busy, it was a lovely holiday indeed. We carried out our usual traditions: Candlelight service on Christmas Eve following a family dinner of Chicken and Dumpling soup, nights out with friends and family (sans le children! ...more