But Really, Quit Hating on Good Moms

I remember the moment well. About four years ago I invited a little girl over to play with my kids. Her mom dropped her off and we chatted while the kids played. Then she told me she'd be back in an hour. About seven minutes later, apparently ...more

10 Great Read Alouds for Your Young Valentines

One of my goals in life is to spend quality time with my family. Reading aloud is a great way to spend time with your children. In addition to building great memories, there are many academic reasons to read aloud. Reading to children ...more

Yes, You Can!

I’ve been working from home long before we had children. I started in 2007 when I opened up my own design company with my husband and set up our home office. There I was, free of the daily commute, Skyping into client conferences instead of ...more

5 Parenting Rules I Have Already Broken

Isn’t amazing how many things you tell yourself you won’t do when you become a parent? I often made notes of other parents around me doing some pretty crazy things to get their kids to behave or how they raised their children. I sat in judgement ...more

Road Trips Don't Have to Feel Boring!

A road trip is the best way to introduce your children to the wonders of the world. Few experiences can be as entertaining and as educational at the same time. However, being stuck together in the back seat can be quite a challenge for most kids. ...more

Could She Be The One? My Mommy BFF?

You guys. I just had THE most perfect second date. ...more
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My Super Fun and Sometimes Punny Birth Playlist

This is the story behind my Flippant Birth Playlist. It seemed like a funny birth playlist was necessary this time around. I didn’t have birth music when I delivered Flintstone at home four years ago. Being at home, I figured if I wanted to listen to music, I’d just have MacGyver put it on. Didn’t end up wanting any music anyway. ...more

Will I Be Eating Cat Food When I'm 80?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I find myself worried about finances all of the time lately. We're doing okay, but it seems like we just keep getting bill after bill and our savings never goes up. ...more

What's UP?

Well, it's been a few days since I have blogged. ...more

The Financial Makeover

We're going to make 2015 the year we make over our finances. Over at the review blog today, I'm talking about ways that we're getting our finances in the best possible shape this year. Click here to see! ...more

Motherhood Is a Busy Blessing

With the new baby, I've had a new appreciation for motherhood and a lot of time to think. ...more

lots of coaxing.

I found a little home secret on the internet a few months ago: Using Listerine for the hair. Yes-- I am referring to the mouthwash and spraying your hair with it and letting it sit for a while. After we used it...Wow! ...more

A 30 Day Connected Kid Challenge (30 Connection Building Activities)

Sometimes I lose my mom mojo. ...more

Would I Still Do It?

I posted this picture on IG the other day with the following caption:I am brave because I keep sharing even though I'm not sure it's making a difference. ...more

Should You "Tattle" to Other Parents?

No one likes a tattletale, least of all the English language. Any and all synonyms for the title conjure up nasty images; snitch, whistle-blower, narc, sneak, squealer – all make you want to twist your face as if you’ve smelled something rotten. So who would willingly attach themselves to such a negative moniker? I guess I’m one of those fools....more

What to Say When Your Kids Are Disappointed

I used to be a feeling-denier.One of those parents who was quick with "You're FINE" and "It's okay!  You don't need to cry!"Then I had one of those lovely Oprah'esque 'ah-ha' moments.I was telling someone about a disappointing experience when they cut me off....more

Further evidence I really need a job

Grace is at school, but I just texted her anyway. Why, you may ask? Because I discovered an innovative way for her to pay for her college education ....more

Yes, I'm tired.

It's 9:30 pm.  I've been awake since 4:15, and up for the day since 6:15.  I'm tired.But I don't complain. I will never complain.  I chose this job, I volunteered for it, I begged for it....more