You Know It's Time to Stop Breastfeeding When...

I recently sailed past the 19 month mark of breastfeeding Declan, and did so with a sigh. I'm grateful for being able to nurse for so long, but the truth is that I'm ready to be done any time now. I started out with a six month goal, which turned to ...more

Ever Wonder How to Attract the Cool Moms?

We met at a park. We exchanged glances, checked each other out a little bit, moved closer to each other, exchanged some pleasantries and witty banter, and eventually our phone numbers. We began some casual texting, and later admitted to running quick ...more

Teaching a Special Needs Child to Read

"UP" points to the top of the stairs. "DOWN," of course, points down. I tape words and letters to walls and balls and stuffed rabbits and birds to help my son learn to read. "P" for patient is the one I should tape to my forehead.  ...more

Traveling via Air with an Infant Soon?

Vacation planning for couples or singletons usually means shopping for new attire, packing all essentials, planning trips or outings, and checking off items on their must-do lists at the holiday destination. Travel time during flight journeys or ...more

Day Cam Forms Are... Stupid

I just spent 40 minutes filling out forms for my kids to go to Day Camp. There are forms at school, at the doctor, at the dentist, at soccer, at gymnastics, and anywhere else you go. I find it hard to believe in today’s day and age that I still have ...more

My Brother Took a Walk and Never Returned

You never think it will happen to you, not your family. Even the most paranoid and anxiety ridden of us never truly believe reality could be this cruel. We hear the news stories, we see the families huddled together, broken and scared, desperately hanging onto their prayers. We glance at the posters briefly, if we stare too long the picture might become too real and force us to imagine the nightmare. But then somehow, out of nowhere, everything we once knew shatters as we're dragged into one of life's horror shows. ...more
Oh my goodness, I can't imagine. I'm so sorry :(more

Most Adorable DIY Crocheted Nursing Necklace

About a month ago, I received an email from a friend of mine who recently had a baby. She asked if I would be interested in seeing if I could make her a nursing necklace. In case you didn't know (because I had no idea before she emailed me), a nursing necklace is a long, chunky necklace made with wood beads and cotton yarn. (It can be made with plastic or other materials too, but the wooden ones are what my friend wanted.)...more

I Wanted To Hate Daycare But I Don't

I always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, to be able to nurture my kids 24/7 from birth until school age. That was the goal. I have friends who can’t even fathom that fate. To them, it sounds like pure misery. They are great mothers and they love their children, but they love being able to split their time between work and home as well. The idea of being with their kids all day long sounds awful to them. ...more

How Having A Baby Changed My TV Viewing Habits

Original post: http://thepinterestedparent.com/2014/07/11/how-having-a-baby-changed-my-tv-viewing-habits/...more

Summer Portraits

I just can't get enough of these beautiful faces. ...more

National French Fry Day!

Our son loves french fries! Honestly, what toddler or adult doesn't? I know I've never met a fry I didn't like, our devour ....more

TGIF

Yesterday we had tree guys working in our forest and around the house trying to prepare for fire season and the usually confident and brave Dumb Ass (please don’t email me about her name, it’s a nickname, and just trust me, well deserved) was terrified of the sound of trees falling, poor baby. She decided to hang out at my feet all day. Every once in awhile she licked my coconut flavored (lotion) legs to remind me she was still there ....more

Learning Through Listening

One of the areas I have been trying to work on in my marriage has been truly listening to Chris and then reacting to his needs. ...more

Review: The Great Outdoors Cookbook from Sunset

July’s Let’s Lunch theme is al fresco dining, inspired by Annabelle at Glass of Fancy. And I have not just one recipe, but a whole book of ideas for outdoor dining. Our friends at Sunset Magazine have given me a copy of The Great Outdoors Cookbook to review – and also one to giveaway! ...more

Hard Choices

“Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.” ~ All at Once by The Fray I am not going to BlogHer’s annual conference...more

Remembering Nan’s Battle- August 16, 2014

This August will mark 7 years that our family and many friends and extended family members have joined us to walk and run to remember my mom at the A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation 5K. This is my annual plea and invitation to join us. I get that these days it’s not unusual to be invited to various 5K’s and fundraising events every single weekend ....more

My Brother Took a Walk and Never Returned

You never think it will happen to you, not your family. Even the most paranoid and anxiety ridden of us never truly believe reality could be this cruel. We hear the news stories, we see the families huddled together, broken and scared, desperately hanging onto their prayers. We glance at the posters briefly, if we stare too long the picture might become too real and force us to imagine the nightmare. But then somehow, out of nowhere, everything we once knew shatters as we're dragged into one of life's horror shows. ...more
Oh my goodness, I can't imagine. I'm so sorry :(more

6 More Toothpick Activities

Finishing of toothpick week here with 6 more ideas to use up that toothpick stash! Toothpick puzzles Disappearing Toothpick trick Toothpick Bridge Toothpick Mobile Sea Urchins Rolled Paper Top ...more