Refocus Your Kids This Holiday Season

Do you get frustrated with your kids over focus on stuff at Christmas? Having children deeply affected how I think about Christmas. During my son’s first Christmas, I realized that he was going to get a lot of stuff. He was the first grandkid on ...more

How Do You Raise Happy Kids?

I had an epiphany the other day. It was a terrifying moment of clarity that made my palms sweat and my heart race. Suddenly one of my long-term goals as a parent didn't seem so, well, long-term. One day, my kids are going to be adults. Crap. I ...more

I Accidentally Told My Kids About Santa

I'm a little off my game this week, so when, without fanfare, I announced that there is no Santa, I was not of right mind. I apologize to my children, my husband, and to elves everywhere. ...more

I Will NEVER Own a Mini Van! Oh, Wait...

I can’t count the number of times I said it: “I will never, EVER own a mini van.” ...more

Why We Aren't Going All Out This Christmas

I love being a mommy. It's really the most fulfilling job that I have had the pleasure to have. If I could, I would give her everything in the world.  ...more

My Neighbor's Decorations Are Ruining My Christmas

Dear Mouthy Housewives,One of my neighbors really loves Christmas. Like, really, really, really loves Christmas. ...more

Before You Complain About That Crying Baby On Your Plane, Think About This!

Traveling during the holidays is stressful enough. Throw a baby into the mix and it’s enough to push even the most skilled baby whisperer over the edge. There is no shortage of advice for people flying with their children: /center>...more

Can Santa Help You Quit Your Elf On The Shelf?

The elf on the shelf—it began easily enough: a flurry of imagination and excitement, visions of a new avenue to pave with fond family memories. And so year after year, this delightful little visitor would show up to make mirth, merriment and messes in my home during the busiest of seasons. His antics were great fun, and all of the labor that went into his amusing tableaus was absolutely worth the joy it brought. Eventually, it was less fun though....more
Elizabeth J White

Repeat After Me: I Will NOT Enable My Child!

A little warning: I've had a bad week and it's only Wednesday, so this might come off a tad angry. My husband has been sick all week, and as you all may know, I run a day home to supplement our income so that I can remain a stay at home mom. Well, my job sucks ....more

7QT: Mike’s Disbelief

I certainly cannot be the only person who feels this way: In the winter, when they days are so much shorter, I start to think a lot about how quickly life is going by. It seems like every night when we are putting the kids to bed, I get this thought of, “Didn’t I JUST do this??” Obviously we all feel like life speeds by, but sometimes that feeling is overwhelming. Like I need it to slow down just a little bit ....more

Berry Medley French Toast Bake

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine. My favorite meal has to be breakfast (with the exception of dessert…but I don’t really think that counts as a meal, lol!)....more

Last Minute Girlie Gift Guide

Are you a last minute shopper this year? I've been there plenty of years. While I'm mostly done, I still have a couple little things to grab ....more

Thinking Ahead

My dear blogging friends, family and people across the internet and time (and space),I have so much I want to say. Firstly, that wasn't REALLY our bedroom in our last vlog (guest bedroom downstairs). And I don't REALLY wear those Lanz pajamas (though I did by them second hand because I wore them as a child and they're sentimental) ....more

The Elf Visits Big Kid Street

Alexis is obviously standing at the intersection of Big Kid Street and Little Kid Lane, looking down both streets and unsure which direction she should walk. Right now she's leaning toward Little Kid Lane, I think because it makes the holidays so much more magical. Man, that kid wants to believe SO badly ....more

Champions Trip Sneak Peak

Over the next few weeks I hope to post pictures and detail events from the Children's Miracle Network Champions trip. ...more

This Is Not What I Really Want To Say

This Is Not What I Really Want To Say But I have to… even though...more

Sweet Silver Bells, Part 7

Start at the very beginning… and continue with parts 2,...more

Daddy-Daughter Relationship Grows Page by Page

 “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”- Thich Nhat Hanh Princess.Beautiful.Sweetheart....more