Please Don't Give Up on My Kid

I can hear it in the exasperation when we speak on the phone and you carefully craft your sentences, trying not to let on that you have no more solutions and have run out of patience. You’ll never say the words out loud, but I see them there behind ...more

Oops! I Said "It" Again

Let me just start with me acknowledging that that some people are not going to like this post. The more I share on my blog about my mom-fails, the more people comment to me online about how horrible my parenting actually is. I fully recognize ...more

Yep, You're Gonna Fart

As women, many of us pride ourselves in our composure, femininity, and grace. I like being the woman of my husband’s life. In his mind, I do not pass gas, I am patient and kind, smart and quick witted. I am his wife and his best friend. We are ...more

No Shame Here!

If you want to jump right into the belly of the parenting beast in 2015, just mention the words screen time: a term that only emerged in the last few years to encompass all of the electronics in our lives and how much we use them. ...more

Do You Make Your Kids Hug?

I absolutely adore my children’s relationship with one another. They may not admit it, ever, but I know they are each other’s best friend. My daughter is nine and will definitely not admit it, but when I act like I don’t know who my son is or ...more

What to Do When Your Husband Isn't a Morning Person

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My husband is so grumpy in the morning and it really rattles the whole house....more

Why You Should Join Us for #RockTheRedPump on March 10

It's March, which means it's time to put away your fuzzy boots and knock the dust off your red pumps for Luvvie Ajayi, the blogger behind Awesomely Luvvie and the co-founder of The Red Pump Project....more
I'm in! Just gotta dig out those red kicks at the bottom of my closet (still packed from when we ...more

Who Am I Without My Sister? A Look at Love and Loss

"I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at."- Maya Angelou ...more
tinap  Thanks tinap!  Writing has always been a cathartic process for me.  This story though was ...more

The Year of You, The Year of Me - March

Last month I unveiled my 2015 project "The Year of You, the Year of Me"....more

Unbreakable: Win a Year's Worth of Netflix

Motherhood is a lot like a cult at first. There's so much allure in the beginning-- the sense that you're contributing to the world in a great way, the hope of being an integral part of something bigger, the promise of a new community and sense of perspective of which only members of the club have access and, of course, the cherubic, big-eyed, velvety-soft, sweet-smelling exclusive club card that is essentially your key to all of the above. You drink the Kool-aid (or more likely, the breast milk, during late night confusion, curiosity, or flat-out craziness) and participate in intensely reverent conversations about diaper brands and growth statistics with people who you would never have chosen to socialize with if not for being VIP members of the same club ....more

I only believe in the science

On Sunday night I received an email from Caroline’s science teacher informing us that they would be beginning a study of geology in her class and that a mini-model of the earth’s layers would be due by Friday. She specified it shouldn’t be bigger than a shoebox and that we couldn’t make it out of clay, styrofoam or food, otherwise known as all the ways you can find to make a mini-model of the earth when you search for it on Pinterest. So I did what most mothers would do and poured myself a glass of wine ....more

Truman is FIVE

Oh, the range of emotions that come with another birthday under our belts, especially when it comes to our first born because we are always entering uncharted territory parenting the oldest kid. In some ways it feels like Truman has been five ever since he started school in the fall but in other ways this birthday sort of snuck up on me. It felt both insignificant and monumental ....more

Dc’s Letter to His Best Buddy, Steve

(April 2014) - DC has been involved in the Best Buddy program, since he was in middle school. Steve has been DC’s Buddy for the past three years. As I’ve told him many times, he is the best, most involved Buddy DC has ever had. Steve will be graduating from college this May. He will be either heading to Boston or back home. In either case, he will not be living close by any more. We will be sorry to loose him. DC will be assigned a new Buddy next year and that buddy has very big shoes to fill!...more

One Final Snow In St. Louis?

After months of cold, yuck, windy, miserableness, I was about ready to back up and leave for spring break a week or two early. I just can’t take it. New mom hormones mixed with zero fresh air = an insanity plea ....more

Ms. Emily goes to Washington

Finally! The surely-long-awaited recap of my super awesome trip to D.C.! It's a long one, kids ....more

The Real Power of the Internet

I have a way of managing to time things SO BADLY, so of course I was standing in a group of people talking about how fantastic social media is less than two hours before The Dress became the thing everyone was talking about. "Twitter can do anything!" I believe I said. I also made mention of how powerful blogs can be and even threw in a kind word about Facebook ....more

Promise Me You’ll Always Remember- Quote

I love this quote. For Bexon. And for me ....more

Happy 6th Birthday Colin!

Dear Colin,...more