I Failed at My Summer To-Do List, and I Couldn't Be Happier

Summer vacation is gone. Like, seriously. Gone. I remember in May, before summer even started, I wrote out my daily schedule that I was planning to have throughout summer, along with what all I would accomplish both personally and with my ...more

11 Sweet and Fun Back to School Family Traditions to Start Now

Before I had kids, I imagined the first day of school as a 1970s movie with hazy lighting and dramatic music. Kids would cry as they climbed onto the bus, banging their hands against the windows, seeking escape. Parents would celebrate; the wine ...more

My Daughter's the N.K.O.T.B. and She's Not Hangin' Tough

Dear Mouthy Housewives, We moved to a new state over the summer. Everything is great, except my daughter is starting a new middle school very soon and she's scared out of her mind. What can I do to help her feel better about the ...more

Kerry Washington Isn't Stressing Over Her Post-Baby Body, So Why Are You?

Editor's Note: In a recent interview for SELF magazine, actress Kerry Washington, 38, said this about getting her pre-baby body back, "I've been really focused on not being 'back' to anything, but being the best version of myself right now. My body ...more

A Guide to Packing Lunches Your Kids Will Actually Eat (No Origami Involved)

It's officially back-to-school season, which means an onslaught of ads, articles, posts, and pins about all of the things we should be doing to get our kids ready to return to school. While there are many aspects of back-to-school time that have ...more

How I'm Helping My Kids Build Confidence

We're teaming up with the Representation Project (of which I have always been a fan) and their new #BuildConfidence initiative, to talk about how we, as parents, can celebrate, inform and empower mentors who model positive self-esteem and body image. This is my take. ...more

Should You Join the PTA? The Answer Might Surprise You

My first introduction to the PTA (or Parent Teacher Association) was through my mother's typewriter. Click, clack. Click, clack. My mother, co-president of the PTA, had volunteered to type up the recipe submissions for "Koala Kitchen," a cookbook put together and sold by the PTA as a fundraiser for my elementary school. ...more

I Used My Experience As 'The Fat Kid' To Teach My Kids About Body Image and Kindness

We were driving the other day when my mind got blown. Kids never fail to freak me out in all kinds of ways. Here's what went down. ...more

Should You Let Your Kid Quit Music Lessons?

Sophia had her very last violin lesson ever a couple days ago. Yes, I let her quit music lessons after four years of sticking it out. It wasn't an easy decision for me at all and I feel like a great big failure of a music mom ....more

BBQ Tip...

Summer = BBQ. And BBQ = Hot Dogs. Its hot dog season.And before you think – the way you cut your hot dog can’t possibly make a difference in the taste – let me tell you it totally does.With very little effort – your hot dogs will taste better than ever before.The supply list is pretty short: Hot dogs, skewers (metal or wooden) and a knife.Start with your favorite brand of hot dog (mine happens to be the Kirkland All Beef hot dogs from Costco) and a skewer.Skewer your hot dog down the middle.Starting on one end, take a knife and cut at an angle all the way to the skewer ....more

When Ethiopians Met Us

The other morning at Legoland, we heard some Russians, “привет” we said. They nodded and did a “Russian smile” which is mostly kind eyes and a head nod, but totally nice. THEN some Ethiopians met US ....more

My Parenting Style Is Better Than Yours

I'm not sure about you, but I parent by scare tactics and or threats (neither trumps the other in my opinion). Such as: - we live in a two story house, which isn't too newsworthy however our second floor has a half wall surround. I was scared my kids would be upstairs alone, get curious and push a chair to the edge and look over, therefore launching themselves off the half wall and sailing downward to their untimely death ....more

Umm, so, I was in a car accident...

This morning this was my UP: She said, "I hide it."Can you see the strawberry Nesquick?She keeps climbing up in the pantry to pull this down so she can pour into a bowl and eat it... no milk... just powder ....more

Ten Reasons I Love Blogging

September marks four years that I have been regularly blogging....more

What You End Up Saying Instead of I Love You

I had rehearsed it the night before. More like the early morning of. At 2:19 a.m., I knew just exactly what I was going to do when we dropped off our oldest son at college.I would stand like the Virgin Mary and with my head just slightly to the side, I would pull my child in close and say, "My beautiful baby boy ....more

Before & After

Here’s a quick before and after comparison. Igor arriving at the airport in June, and eleven weeks later on his last day here, today ....more

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Hallelujah! I'm back!Remember when my shitlins spilled SEVERAL CUPS of milk INSIDE of my laptop? Well, it finally met it's maker ....more

The Plain Choice

I've often wondered if many, or any, worldly people ever became Amish so I was excited when I saw The Plain Choice by Sherry Gore; A True Story of Choosing to Live An Amish Life....more