20 Real (and Gross) Things You Need to Know About Pregnancy

I will preface this tale with a small disclaimer: If you had an easy pregnancy, you are one lucky bitch.This is not normal. Should you feel compelled to discount the torturous experiences that many of us have had, please save it for the baby book. ...more

Don't Have Kids If You Want to Be Happy

If you want to be happy, you shouldn’t have kids. That’s a fact. Or at least, Time magazine and the sociologists who conducted this study so. Parents get less sleep, have less money, and less independence. Parents have more stress, more marital ...more

In Defense of the Stage Mother

He stood on stage, happily singing and moving his arms in "perfect" coordination with the words of the songs. He was obviously having fun, as was I, and I sat there several feet away from the stage, feeling proud and joyful. I stared at my ...more

Christmas Clutter? Never Fear!

Merry Christmas! Now that you've unwrapped all the presents you carefully chose and purchased over a series of months, you get the joy of... cleaning it up. Yay? Don't fret. The following simple tips will help you organize the mess in quick ...more

Your Quality Time Matters!

“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

Why Do Autism "Experts" Say Such Awful Things?

“There is no human life that is more sacred than another—every human life is sacred.” - Pope FrancisYou want to break my heart? Show me the latest mainstream media piece about autism written by or featuring quotes from a non-autistic autism expert. Almost without exception, that expert is going to say something that self-righteously dehumanizes, endangers, invokes pity for, or degrades my autistic son. My beloved, delightful, innocent son—who has done nothing to deserve such scorn.Maybe you can understand, now, why my heart never stops breaking. ...more
Aspergers is NOTHING like classic autism.more

Aren't We All Stage Mothers?

He stood on stage, happily singing and moving his arms in "perfect" coordination with the words of the songs. He was obviously having fun, as was I, and I sat there several feet away from the stage, feeling proud and joyful. I stared at my second-grader the whole night. As far as my eyes were concerned, there was only one spotlight and it was all on him. Remember those advertisements or movie scenes where the parent looks at their grown child but actually sees the younger or "baby" version of that child instead? I had that experience. ...more

4 Super Simple Tips To Clean Up The Holiday Clutter

Merry Christmas! Now that you've unwrapped all the presents you carefully chose and purchased over a series of months, you get the joy of... cleaning it up. Yay? Don't fret. The following simple tips will help you organize the mess in quick fashion, leaving you with more time to sit and enjoy the rest of your holiday. ...more

Community Question: Considering Homeschool for 8th-grader

Community Question is a category inspired by you. Here and there readers write in with questions that are better served by the varied, experiential knowledge of those who read and contribute in the comments. Please respond to this post in the comments, but if you have a question for the community email it to Heather ....more

My First Super Singles Saturday with Erica!

Erica, 30, from Newport News, Virginia joins us today for my very first edition of Super Singles Saturday! ...more

Notes of a Christmas

Christmas Light Rage This Christmas season was weird, y’all. I couldn’t decide if it was because we were in a new place, or because my health problems were janking up life in general, or if it was because this city had absolutely zero festivities going on, or because the layout of this rental makes decorating strange, or what, exactly. It was probably all of the above ....more

It’s been 20 Years Emma

Emma, today on Facebook, your family has been posting photos of you in honour of the fact it’s been 20 years since you left us. Of course it’s been 20 years! Bloody hell, how did I not know that? ...more

Update On My Mother

I had shared that in August I flew back home to get an assessment of my mother's mental health.Before I share this I want you to know that I've been pondering on why I should tell any of this. It has been months since I blogged about this and a month since the last big change.The reason is that I want you to know that to get something done takes a few things. This applies to many things in life and it does apply to getting medical or mental health care.First you need to realize the situation with the person's health, what is going on, what are the symptoms ....more

The Interview review by Geetha Stachowiak

Freedom has prevailed and The Interview is available to the public! Check out Geetha’s review for the scoop on the movie to decide if you’ll be watching this weekend! Photo: Impawards.com In THE INTERVIEW, Dave Skylar (James Franco) is the host of the trashy celebrity news show ‘Skylar Tonight.’ There’s little Skylar won’t do or say to get his guests to reveal their secrets— much to the chagrin of his producer Aaron Rappaport (Seth Rogan), who has long since given up on his own dreams of working for more reputable shows such as ‘60 Minutes.’ When one of Skylar’s fans—Kim Jong Un, no less—invites him to do an interview, Aaron gets excited at the idea of ‘serious reporting,’ and agrees to go with ....more

Easy Holiday Stocking Stuffers

Today is Boxing Day, and after all the craziness of Christmas Day, you finally have some time to take a deep breath and do everything you meant to do before December 25, but didn't have the time for! ...more

Catch the Moment 365: Week 51

I have so many holiday related posts brewing in my head yet no time to make them happen. As it is it’s nearly 1:30 am and the entire house is sleeping. It has been a magical Christmas week full of excitement, little boy’s laughter, late nights, and gift wrap everywhere ....more

Great Greenwich Grub by Sidewalks of NY

Is anybody else out there just feeling as frazzled as all heck from the holiday season?...more

About that Fall:

Update: About that fall….. when I fell over in the kitchen like an axed redwood tree, I was holding a big bag of Korean red pepper flakes in one hand, and a bottle of cream in the other. I was on my way to add the pepper to the chicken curry for our dinner ....more