Thanksgiving is almost here! That means a few things in our household:
1. Delicious, delicious foods will be enjoyed
2. Browsing through Black Friday ads and the start of Christmas shopping
3. Reese, our Elf on the Shelf, is returning!!! ...more
Here’s a brain teaser: A girl receives an invitation to a birthday party. The invitation specifically states “no gifts, please”. Should the girl:a) run out and buy the perfect gift for the birthday girl; she’s no Scrooge b) show up at the party ...more
While my eyes catch the bubbly, outgoing gals enjoying their friends in the school pick up line, my 7th grade daughter is standing off to the side, alone.
She is a total introvert.
In many ways, her anti-social behavior breaks my heart because ...more
I didn't choose to become a work-a-home mom almost 10 years ago, but it's turned out to function as a great fit for our family. I've had readers ask me how I manage to do it all and make time for my family. The ugly truth is: I don’t do it all. You ...more
We went in the forbidden pink aisles.
I managed to snag the family car and escape, with both boys, to Target. We wandered the aisles with a strict list and stopped only to ooh and aah over every Christmas Tree. We sang carols and walked through ...more
Like most new moms, I bought the "What to Expect When You're Expecting" book. It introduced me to an entirely new vocabulary with words I'd only heard clicking through shows on TLC — episiotomy, amniocentesis, Pitocin.
Dear Mouthy Housewives,
I am so sick of reading posts on Facebook like, "I've already finished my Christmas shopping! Gifts are all wrapped, too!" It's not even DECEMBER yet. What's with all the bragging about getting the holiday crap done before Thanksgiving is even over? I know Facebook is all about self-promotion, but this feels like too much. I would leave FB once and for all, but I like to stay in touch with friends and family. Any advice on not letting the eager beavers get me down?
Signed,Shove It, Showoffs
Okay, maybe it didn't ruin my life, but my misuse of social media threw me into a terrible controversy at my kids' school. Today's post is about irony. Well, irony and how I messed up my life and the lives of a few others. And how I'm sorry. So very, very sorry.
I sit here thinking, analyzing and obsessing about the events that transpired a week ago and set in motion an unbelievable shit storm. As some of you know, I'm a health and development educator for adolescent girls. In fact, I have a whole presentation on cyber-safety and how girls should always be very careful about what they post online. But right now, I'm sitting here, stewing in my own shame. I imagine I'm feeling much like the 15-year-old girl who insisted she knew what she was doing when she texted her boyfriend a boob-shot that went viral. She intended it to be only for his eyes.
We took the boys to an East Village bar last weekend to watch my brother’s band. The fifteen year was sceptical of the oldies singing the Clash and Joan Jett. The twelve year old perched on a stool dead center in audience and loved every minute ....more
Today is day 26 of the NaBloPoMo challenge. It is all the day before Thanksgiving here in the United States. But for the specific area I live in, the weather is going to be the major topic of concern. After all, a winter storm watch has a way of bringing our attention, especially when it is the first projected major snow storm of the year....more
If you've been debating whether to put your child in preschool, or whether to do it part-time or full-time, read on. New research indicates that full-day preschool is associated with increased readiness for kindergarten.In this study, the researchers looked at 982 predominantly minory 3- and 4-year-olds in 11 Chicago child-parent centers that run both PT (3 hours/day) and FT (7 hours/day) programs.The full-day kids were 4 years old for this study.The results after a year were that the full-day kids had higher scores in 6 subcategories compared to the part-day kids:...more
Thanksgiving is almost upon us and I can't help but reflect on the things I am grateful and thankful for. This is mine and my son's fifth celebration of Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and like I mentioned on my previous post about our anniversary, we arrived here in the U.S. two days before Thanksgiving of 2010. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in my home country, the Philippines, so this is something that is entirely new to us.Nonetheless, we know how to be thankful and have always been thankful and grateful of the things we were blessed with ....more
Need a last minute party appetizer or dip? My easy, fast spinach artichoke dip has only five ingredients and can be used as a regular dip with corn or pita chips… It’s divine on crackers and can even be used as a sinful tasting creamy wrap, quesadilla or sandwich filling. Here (pictured) I put it on a whole wheat tortilla with a few slices of deli chicken for lunch, yum ....more