No, He Really Can't Have It. Please Don't Sabotage My Child's Special Diet!

My son Leo is on a medically managed diet. Which is easily manageable, as long as we plan ahead. Every so often, though, we find ourselves in social situations with dietary complications, and encounter folks who dismiss our, "I’m sorry, he can't eat ...more

Parenting Redux: 12 Things I Would've Done Differently With My Kids

I am grateful for all that I have: amazing kids, wonderful husband, rewarding career, outstanding community. And I don’t regret things in my life. But I know if I could, I would go back and do some things a little differently. As a mother of a ...more

Being a SAHM Is My Financial Contribution to Our Family

I'm certain I'm one of those stay at home moms you would hate. I complain about my kid regularly, about how I don't have much time for myself, and how I shouldn't be spending money on this or that. Hate me if you like, but while I confess to my ...more

On Grief and the Socks That Will Never Be Paired

I've always paired socks. I know some people that just keep clean socks in a basket and the family lives out of that basket, pairing as they go. Or not pairing, just grabbing two socks, all willy nilly and unmatchy. We are a family that pairs our ...more

How Do I Live While My Mother's Brain Is Dying?

How do I live properly when my mum's brain is dying? I have been asking myself this question for months, ever since that monster of a disease called dementia has been rapidly spreading across the landscape of a once healthy, thinking, active ...more

Getting Lost is Our Family Tradition

There have been so many roads not taken, or mistaken, or taken wrongly—also highways, freeways, even hallways. Born without a sense of direction, like everyone else in my family, I turn left when I should turn right, can't tell the difference between east and west, and have been known to panic in hotel hallways. When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, "Not all those who wander are lost," he was not talking about the Clark family. We wander, all right, and we are lost....more

On the Power of 'You Can Do It'

I recently interviewed for something pretty major (crossing my fingers, toes and eyes that I get it), and during the process I was inspired to take this little blog of mine in a slightly new direction. Sure, I’ll still be sharing my parental rants, product recommendations and fitness tips with you, but I also want to share some pretty incredible lessons that I'm learning along the way as a Mom. After all, being a parent is TOUGH work. It's (literally) all fun and games making believe and singing silly songs, but the real meat of the job is no walk in the park. ...more

Modern Motherhood: 8 Rights of Passage  

Several weeks ago, while standing in the kitchen with my smartphone in hand, I searched for solutions to my younger daughter's stomach issues. My mom sat at the dining room table and watched while I verbally processed what I was reading. I explained to her how one site linked dairy to her symptoms, while a mom in a Facebook group had something to say about nightshades and another suggested $30 probiotics. "I am so glad the Internet wasn't a part of most households when I was a young mom," my mom said, "Don't you get overwhelmed with the amount of information available?"...more

Pumpkin Everything

I’ve mentioned it a time or a million before, I love Pumpkin! My whole house is decorated in them this time of year, it smells like them, and almost every day I eat something with pumpkin in it. Love I tell you ....more

{St. James Art Fair}

They shared a stroller, ate corn dogs, pumpkin rols, and fried pb&j's. These two know how to do fall.Happy Sunday, y'all! ...more

I Took A Nap In The Car

I sorta abandoned the weekend recap style posts because, honestly, I don't think we ever really do anything spectacular (I mean, how many times do you want to hear me say "and we went to Starbucks"? Boring.) but this weekend deserves a re-cap....more

Halloween Crafts for Kids

There are so many awesome Halloween Crafts for Kids out there. ...more


My first baby turned 12 today! She is such a beautiful, sweet girl and I just can't believe how quickly these past twelve years have gone.We enjoyed a nice brunch out as a family....more

"You've popped!"

dress: target ...more

Rope Twist Updo | Homecoming Hairstyles

It is Homecoming season for high schools and universities, so we are going to show you a beautiful updo perfect for the dance. Both my girls were asked to go to Homecoming, so we sat down to plan their hairstyles, dresses, shoes, and accessories. Today’s hairstyle is...more

Motivation Monday Week #162

Welcome to this week at Motivation Monday where all our friends share delicious recipes, DIY projects, and plenty of ideas for family fun. Just scroll down through the posts on this page and click on what interests you. And join our linky party, too! ...more

On Turning 40

Forty was always off in the distance: The Land of Grown-Ups....more

My Husband Gambled Away $8000 And Lied About It

Reader Scared of Husband’s Gambling writes, I handle our family finances and recently discovered an irregularity....more