No Boys in the Pink Aisles!

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

Letting Go of Expectations

The first snow presents challenges. Which shoes to wear? Coat? Is it going to melt? With the morning's fresh covering of white, I made decisions fast and furious to get to the bus. I grabbed the heavier coat, stuffed some mittens in the backpack, ...more

Do Your Kids Know These Things From the 80s?

Before streaming, DVDs, or CDs, there were the '80s. Back when using your tape recorder to make a mix tape off the radio was cool. A time when real people worked at the radio station, and you could call and dedicate a TOTALLY AWESOME song from ...more

My Son Came Out, So What Do We Do Now?

My brilliant, quirky, wise, witty, wonderful 13-year-old son shared with me this week the fact that he is gay. And it's not a surprise to me or anyone who knows him—with his flair for impeccable fashion advice to his love of all things sparkly ...more

Nope. You Can't Punch Someone Who Complains About Your Whiny Kid

I'm a mom, but I'm siding with Natalie Bree Hajek-Richardson on this unbelievable story. That's the woman who got punched in the face outside a Nordstrom Rack for asking the mother of a tantrum throwing child if she could calm her child. ...more

Would You Send a Gift When The Invitation Reads "No Gift, Please"?

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 empty-handed; after all, the invitation was quite clearorc) scratch her head and wonder what the phrase “no gifts” really means ...more
tea4tamara  I understand the other parents because I felt uncomfortable too, but I like the idea ...more

26 New Elf on the Shelf Ideas for 2015

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

5 Gift Ideas for Your Picky Tween (That Aren't a Toy)

I have a ten-year-old, and man, tweens are the worst people to shop for. Are they too old for dolls and toys? Are they too young for technical gizmos and clothes? No kid wants to open a gift card. I've scoured the pitches, the Internet and the catalogs to find these five fun gift ideas for tween girls. ...more
femininecollective You're welcome.more

My Week(212) in iPhone Photos

I did a terrible job of taking photos this week. Terrible. It turns out when I’m busy I forget to pull out my phone and take photos of things like the grocery shopping or our playdate or laundry (ALL THE LAUNDRY) ....more

Porter’s Christmas List: Clothing Edition

Last week I posted some of the toys that were on Porter’s Christmas list, and now I’d like to share some of the clothing items that I’ve been eying or have already purchased! All of these pieces are from Old Navy or Target, so none of these will break the bank, either! ...more

Encroaching Darkness

I spent 3 hours in IKEA today and - quite remarkably - spent less than 50 dollars. ...more

Thanksgiving Math with Foam Turkeys

I’m so excited to share a simple Thanksgiving math activity the preschoolers and I did recently!...more

Blessing Others During the Holidays

As I grow older, I become more and more excited about what it means to bless others (instead of focusing on myself)....more

Sweedie Kids {giveaway}

Winter is right around the corner and the cold weather is (presumably) here to stay in Texas. Over the summer I fought tooth and nail to get my 15 month old son to wear a hat. I would shove a cookie in his mouth and attempt to strap on a sunhat and you can forget about him wearing any of the cute pageboy hats I spent way too much money ....more


My nightstand is a jumble of treasures. I toss my jewelry there before bed, when I don’t remember I’m wearing it until I’m too tired to take seven steps to the closet. A water bottle is a constant, because I’ve tried using cups, and I spill them ....more

Bleaching and dipping and cybersales Oh MY!

It's the week!...more

Surf Sharks Book (with giveaway)


No Sparkly Shoes for You

I spent hours today trying to find black pants for Erin. Hours, because they couldn’t be black jeans, black leggings or black khakis. They had to be black “dress” pants that “cover the ankles.” Then we had to find a plain black headband, and plain black, closed toed shoes. No sparkles or buckles or straps. Plain, black shoes....more