Help Little Ones Learn at Home

Gigi, my five-year-old, wants to know everything about... EVERYTHING! Questions, questions, questions. all. the.time. I love her inquisitive nature and her thirst for knowledge, but boy can it be exhausting answering every question she has. So in ...more

Why Every Parent Needs to Make a Will

It's not something we like to think about, parents or otherwise, but it is a serious and imperative document to establish once you have kids. The #1 reason people put off making a will is the cost associated with it. I'm happy to tell you that you ...more

We Weren't Silent During #NMOS14

Thursday at 7 p.m., thousands of Americans gathered together at vigils in memory of Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, and the other people who have lost their lives in incidents of police brutality. As those crowds drew together to observe a ...more

Talking with Hummingbirds

My eyes fluttered open at four o’clock in the morning and I found myself waking to the awareness of the brevity of life, my mortality, and the mystery of it all. A slightly uncomfortable feeling washed over me, a sadness. It was then that I ...more

Letting Her Learn

She’s a lot like me. A little cautious, a tad fearful. Prefers to set her own pace. Doesn’t take criticism awfully well. But determined, so determined. Last year, she really tried it but took a spill. And that was it. Her confidence grazed, never ...more

On Food Allergies and the First Day of School: She Was Okay

I breezed through the first day of school like an old pro today. I dropped my first grader off outside his classroom then made my way to kindergarten. My brave little girl sat stoically in her seat as I said my goodbyes. I threaded my way through the kindergarten parents clustered around the donut table in the courtyard. Sniffling while their little babies said the pledge of allegiance for the first time behind the closed doors. My carefully averted eyes giving them privacy and refusing to allow their emotions to affect me. I didn't stop for a donut—or a tissue. ...more
But what is it with adults being surprised when kids with allergies know what they're allergic ...more

5 Tips on Raising a Strong-Willed Child

I'm totally smitten by my daughter's gumption, independence, carefree spirit, and determination. I've witnessed her solve problems all on her own. I've shared the thrill of her figuring out how to put on her sandals while being able to successfully secure the strap all on her own. I've seen the love and care she gives to all of her friends at school. I've observed how confidently she expresses herself to her teachers, family, friends, and us. I know all of these wonderful traits will take my little girl far in life and I feel so honored to be able to tag along for the ride. ...more

Why Shouldn't I Let My Leg Hair Grow in the Winter?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,Do women still need to shave their legs in the winter months? I say they don't, but my friends all insist that I'm wrong and that I need to use a razor to stay smooth and feel sexy and attractive. Personally, I don't see the point, because I usually wear long pants and boots and it's not like I'm married or even have a boyfriend. What do you think? Hair or no hair?Signed,Princess Hairy...more
AskingAmy Really?!? I guess that goes into the "something for everybody"category.more

top of the world!

...well....the top of Utah at least. It was about 10:00 when we threw the tent up under the trees. We gazed at the stars for a few minutes before we crashed...our wake up call would come early ....more

The Timeline Project

I am a very goal oriented person. It's how I track where I'm at in my life, where I want to be, and what I need to do to get there. Setting timelines gives me a tangible goal, and allows me to focus on what I need to do right now to make it happen ....more

Just Us Girls

This post is just about us girls... the pictures will do most of the talking this post... Baby likes to be where we, her parents, are ....more

confessions

shirt - old Forever XXI denim - old Target boots - c/o Minnetonka bag - c/o Lily Jade shades - Amazon It's totally fine if you didn't notice that I cut six inches off my hair on a whim during a quick and miraculously quiet minute after I showered the other day. Simon didn't either. And I gave him two separate chances: a visit at the hospital and later when he came home from work ....more

Meant to ask: Did you get your chair un-stuck?

Meant to ask: Did you get your chair un-stuck? ...more

So, you left your abusive husband and got a divorce. Now what?

 I’ve often rued the fact that there is no official step-by-step guidebook for divorcing your abusive husband, that you just do it with every ounce and muster of courage and drop of support you can find.  I was lucky to have a strong support network, full of therapy and attorney friends, and including my official therapist and official attorney, along with my extended friends and family.  First of all, it’s hard enough to admit that these terrible things have happened, these things that you’ve hidden f...more

I once got a bookcase (bookshelf? It was 7 feet ta...

I once got a bookcase (bookshelf? It was 7 feet tall and about 2.5 feet wide) stuck on a spiral staircase.We live in a 110-year-old victorian twin and the steps to the 3rd floor are spiral. I was trying to help my sister transport the damn bookcase upstairs to her room ....more

More stroke stuff...

It's been an interesting week around here, mostly driven by my decision earlier this month to write about the stroke that I had last year. Hit this link if you're just joining us.I've received a ton of outreach from folks near and far, and it's been happily overwhelming to realize just how much goodness there is out there. It's often said you realize how great people are when the chips are down, and this is one of those moments: I'm amazed at how kind everyone has been.At the same time, I've received a lot of attention from folks in media ....more

Independence Day

Independence... Baby dancing with the flag that the Youth of our church put out on our lawn for the Holiday. Has a new meaning to me since our Europe trip.I view America's independence with much more reverence and admiration for all that was done for our country to be a country of it's own and what a new world it truly is here.It's quite humbling really, to realize why so many people watch the U.S. in all its failings and successes ....more

HAHAHA! Definitely longer than my vajayjay and BOT...

HAHAHA! Definitely longer than my vajayjay and BOTH butt cheeks! Lol ...more