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
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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
Yes, we are, Dani. Thanks! :-)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

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to yours ....more

Tis the Season...for Thank You Card Writing (Kid Art Thank You Cards)

Isn't thank you card writing kind of the worst? I mean, it shouldn't be. I have gratitude! ...more

The Unexpected Stocking Stuffer WINNER!

Wow. I took a risk. I passed by...more

AZ 529 College Savings Plan

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! For me, it's always been so special to see the expressions on the faces of the people who are opening gifts that I have put together for them. It's my favorite part of the holiday season ....more

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

and a funny person standing behind you while you take pictures ....more

52 Adventures | Sledding

So you know the trouble with adventures is that sometimes you have more fun if you leave the camera in the car? So you can get as snowy as can be and jam snow down your husband's pants and not worry about crashing at the bottom of the steep hill. Today was AWESOME-pants and involved a lot of cold wet snow and hiking back to the top of the steep hill ....more

Coping With Sleep Deprivation: Top Posts of 2014

If you have kids, I can guarantee that you have dealt with sleep deprivation at some point! That fact combined with excellent advice from several of my blog friends has made my Coping With Sleep Deprivation post consistently popular. This post has been my top post in previous years; this year it did very well with 28,255 views ....more

New Years Eve Recipes: Appetizers and Drinks for Kids *AND* Parents

New Years Eve is around the corner. Below are a few creative recipes and celebration ideas from Pinterest. There is a little inspiration for kids and parents! ...more

Maisons en Pain D'épice

I texted my in-laws when I found out that Mr. Howard had to work on the day that I was going to be making tamales, in order to see if they could watch the kids. My mother-in-law texted back saying that it might be fun to make gingerbread houses ....more

Sincerely Sundays Giveaway Link 12/28/14

Welcome to “Sincerely Sundays”, and another great week of awesome giveaways! If you are a blogger, please use this linky to spread the word about the giveaways you are hosting by linking them up below. As long as you’re here, please support your fellow bloggers who have also linked up and enter a few giveaways… ...more