8 Gifts the Mom in Your Life Is Sure to Love

It's that time again: Mother's Day is around the corner, and it is time to figure out what to get that special lady in your life. I know what I'm getting mine (she doesn't read my blog regularly so she won't find out). I am getting her a Fitbit ...more

5 Reasons Why Athletes Make Awesome Moms

Time's up. Now that my 6-week postpartum hiatus is over, I have officially re-entered the world of sore muscles, sweat (not sweats—those never left the picture), and tennis shoes. Oh, yeah! There is just something thrilling about the feeling ...more

Is Mom a Fitness Guru? She'll Love These Gifts!

Here are my picks for the best Mother's Day gift for the active mom. 1. Paleo Treats: Yummy treats for the mom following the Paleolithic diet. $57.00 ...more

Watch This Video If You're Flying With Kids Soon!

Here’s the first video in my series on traveling with small kids! (Can't watch right now? No problem! Scroll down and you'll find a little rundown of what's on the video)  ...more

Maybe We Speak Different Languages

Sometimes I think my toddler has selective hearing. I guess this is what being two-and-a-half means. She hears what I'm saying but doesn't care. She knows what I want her to do (or not to do), but thinks to herself, "Yeah, really don't care, Mom! ...more

Would You Move From the Boonies If Your Kids Didn't Want To?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I want to move to a new neighborhood that would be closer to restaurants, coffee shops and stores....more

Not Helpful: Don't Tell a New Mom She'll Miss This Stage

A friend of mine had a baby recently and I know she's having a hard time. All new moms have a hard time, but you can tell when someone's really in the weeds—she seems extra-isolated, exhausted, wondering when exactly she's going to start seeing some sort of light at the end of the tunnel. And she posted on Facebook a few weeks ago, something along the lines of "Can somebody let me know when I'll ever sleep again?" Image: calebdzahnd...more

Honoring Patsy Mink: Leading the Way as a Mother and Author of Title IX

May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month, and as the first Asian American woman elected to the US Congress—and the first woman of color to serve in either house— Rep. Patsy T. Mink is one of our country’s most significant female leaders....more
Women Make Movies also distributes PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY: ...more


Some days, when it's cold or rainy, and the kids need to burn off some steam but Chris and I aren't up for a park trip we do this. ...more

What Happened When I Failed

I failed publicly at something this week. That’s hard to admit, but since some of you probably received an email letting you know you wouldn’t be receiving your shirts, you already know it. I tried something new ....more

I blog....

One of my favorite things to do is lock our front door for the night. The Little Nies asleep in their beds, the kitchen closed,...more

National Day of Prayer 2015

The website for The National Day of Prayer is over here… May we pour our hearts out to the Lord our God! Our Father! ...more

She is the Best Part of Me

My mother is always with me. Even though we live on separate continents, she is with me. In the language of e. e. cummings, I carry my mother with me wherever I go. She is alive in me, and she is the best part of me....more

TBT -- little things I want to hold on to

I have been feeling particularly reminiscent lately as we prepare for Max's graduation. ...more

Let it go

This story seemed fitting tonight as I was getting ready for bed, thinking of all the things I have been working so hard to let go, and excited for a day of healing...more

It Really Doesn't Get Easier

     It started when my first born was a baby,"It gets easier," they would say to me. I heard it all the time, and I kept waiting for it. When Turbo was 11 months old, I found out that I was pregnant with the Toolman, and I kept hearing it from other moms; I trusted them. They lied....more

My 2015 Summer Reading List

Want to know what my very favorite part of summer is?It's reading--preferably while sitting on the beach soaking up the sunshine.Even though the kids still have about a month of school left, my summer has arrived. I finished grading finals last week, just in time for my parents to come to town. We spent five glorious days together getting projects done around the house that my health and frenetic schedule have not allowed me to do this past school year ....more

9 Lessons I Learned From My Mother

 Exhibit A This Sunday is Mother's Day, and though it will be...more