Did I Lose Myself to Motherhood?

I remember the first time it happened: It was shortly after Theo’s birth and I was still in the hospital. My mother and husband were in the room with me when the nurse came in to do something—maybe weigh him or help bathe him or check his vital ...more

Get Involved This Year!

It is back-to-school time! My sweet little man is going into first grade, and I learned a lot about school involvement during his first year in kindergarten. As a working mom, it is tough to always know what is going on at his school, but I have ...more

Be a Great Sports Parent!

I'm a firm believer that youth sports provide a platform for learning many life lessons. Sports programs, for the most part, help young minds grow, expand, and develop kids' confidence and talents. ...more

We Need to Change the Conversation About Parents Murdering Disabled Children

Michigan parent Kelli Stapleton recently pled guilty to poisoning her autistic teen daughter Issy. According to police reports, Kelly lured Issy into a van, "drugged her, lit the grills and left the van to get more charcoal while her sleeping ...more

Get the Most Out of Parent-Teacher Conferences This Year

Even though school has just started for some, Parent-Teacher conferences are just around the corner. Here are some tips that you can use as a parent to have a more effective parent-teacher conference. As a teacher, I loved this time of the year. ...more

5 Things You High School Freshman Wants You to Know

A few weeks ago, on our last summer afternoon, my girls and I escaped the heat by heading to our local movie theater. As we stood waiting in line at the snack counter, my soon-to-be freshman took hold of her younger sister’s wheelchair, took the movie tickets from my hand, and called over her shoulder, “I got Zoe, Mom, we’ll go grab our seats.” ...more

How Do I Tell My Mom Her House Reeks?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I hate to visit my mom's house because it reeks of animals. She has two cats and a dog, and I think she keeps it clean, but it still smells. How do I tell her this?Signed,My Mom's Living In a Litter Box Credit Image: Sibel on Flickr Dear My Mom's Living In a Litter Box,...more
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A Disaster Just Waiting to Happen: Jet Lag, Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans and Excited Kids

This “Mistake of the Week” involves chocolate-covered coffee beans and blood, so if either of these make you squeamish, consider yourself warned. The Mistake Part 1: The Coffee Bean Wins ...more

The Story behind the Story

My publisher gave me a challenge...and it sure was a daunting task!  Having transcribed to computer, searched and successfully published two of my deceased mother-in law’s books and several short stories.  My publisher suggested I write a history about the settings or reasons mum wrote the books.  Well, short of seeking a clairvoyant and asking mum these questions, I racked my brains on a way around this task.  Thank goodness there is Wikipedia.  Knowing mum probably had written the books in her last and longest place of residence, I put in a search.  Wow, did ...more

Inspirational Quotes from Women Get Social

A couple of weekends ago I made the trip to Philadelphia to attend Women Get Social from the SITSgirls. ...more

Special Needs Land Mine: The Fast Food Play Area

Photo Courtesy Flickr/Jan Tik I can remember it like it was yesterday. Some of the moms of kids in Sarah Kate’s preschool in Decatur, Alabama decided to get together for coffee at the McDonald’s near I-65. We were all navigating the chaos of having preschoolers at home – those years when you do your best to talk to your friends, but the conversations come in short bursts in between opening juice boxes, offering snacks, and the million other things that moms of preschoolers do ....more

Clyde At Five Months

Note: More pictures of Clyde on my photo blog - request to follow with the button in the sidebar! (Cute little baby jeans and shoes.)Clyde is five months old! ...more

liam at eight months

He: >Has one tiny little bottom tooth poking through. You can’t really see it but rub your finger over his gum and you’ll get poked. :) >Chews everything in sight ....more


I am so thrilled to co-host my very first ever blog hop, SHINE! The SHINE blog hop is especially fun for me because: (1) All my favorite bloggers partake in it; (2) It was created by a girl I cannot sing enough praises; (3) The creator, Jennifer of The Deliberate Mom, was my very first bloggy friend! If you haven’t visited her blog before, you’re nuts! ...more

Marco (Part IV- odds 'n ends) and a request for input

So let's finish up this macro series. ...more

Halloween Mantel and Tulle Wreath

You guys, it's the middle of September and I have not yet decorated my house for fall! And I'm thinking I might just skip the fall decor all together and move straight to Halloween! ...more

House Notes // Vinyl Tile

We're chugging away at a few house projects before we decide to let it be for a while. Most notably, we've started re-"tiling" the entry area and kitchen/bathroom with the vinyl tile I wrote about in our Frugal Bathroom Refresh post. And wow what a difference it has made to our main level!First? ...more

A steady stream

Yesterday I posted about the “stream of consciousness” I sometimes need to get out on the blog. It felt so good just to clear out the cobwebs. It might not have been the post that builds traffic or moves me up in Google ranking ....more