I Lost a Part of My Breast to Breastfeeding

I believe in breastfeeding. I’ve seen all of the stats. I’ve read all of the research. I know it’s what I’m supposed to do, if I am able. ...more

I'm Going Back to Work and My Kid Made Me Feel Okay About It

So, I'm going back to work. Full time. ...more

But We Grew Here

And then he said: Let’s sell the house and move to a new one. My life has not been the same since. What was my husband thinking? Fast forward seven and a half months to our accepted offer. This moving thing was really happening. What were we ...more

Who Is that Woman with My Son?

Who is that woman with my son? She just stands there as Philip messes up the craft. At this table, the public library has a project in which a coffee filter is supposed to be glued to the top of the green rectangle of construction paper to become a ...more

A Little Ice Cream Before Dinner Never Hurt... RIGHT?

We live in Maine and this "eternal winter" is making my kids stir crazy which is in turn making me run out of ideas to keeping them from driving each other up the wall. I'm already hanging from the ceiling. So when I found out a few days ago that ...more

SURVEY: What Would Your Dream Work/Life Balance Look Like?

We all feel the stress of too much to do and not enough time—and possibly the most time-pressed of us all are parents with full-time jobs. Some companies are attempting to address these work-life challenges to make more productive employees who stick around longer. Sabrina Parsons, the CEO of one of these companies, will be featured in a segment of Al-Jazeera America's program America Tonight on Monday, April 24. ...more
My company has a "Work Your Way" policy which is quite nice - no set hours but most people ...more

Kirsten Dunst, I've Got Your Back

Kirsten Dunst recently got blasted for some comments she made about gender roles and just because someone doesn't agree with her, does not mean Kirsten is "kind of dumb about it."  But according to Erin Gloria Ryan in Jezebel, Kirsten is indeed "kind of dumb about it" since she apparently favors traditional male and female roles within a relationship. ...more
prairiewifeinheels  @blogher Agreed.  If feminism wants women to be strong and independent and ...more

Flipping Off the Voice of Doubt in My Head

Philip is a terrible bird watcher. While the rest of the group advances along the path, my son plops down in the middle of the trail to play with rocks. ...more
viaChristinah Thanks. Was surprised to have it happen again so soon. Laughed, though, to see the ...more


The curtain was torn, and what looked like crushing defeat was victory in the making. There are no chains that can hold us, no bars that can keep us. Our life is hidden now in Christ, always, and we don't get to decide who is worthy ....more

On Being Goofy.

Our desktop computer is located in the "man cave" which is not easily accessible to the rest of the house, so I can only write after the kids are in bed. This irritates me because I do my best thinking between the hours of 7-10 a.m. and my worst thinking between the hours of 7-10 p.m. My life is backwards.Robbie -- that's my husband, and quite frankly I can't refer to him as "Husband" anymore because it requires too much thought -- said that I shouldn't write so much about what goes on here because people will be afraid to be my friend or watch our children. I told him that is for the best ....more


I’ve been having some trouble getting live writer to publish my posts. Hopefully I’ve got it fixed now and can get back on track. A couple of weekends ago, it was a stormy day ....more

Down the Rabbit Hole

A couple days ago, I was talking to Adelaide, relating to her the following story:"So the other day I was on the front porch when I saw a lady and her dog walk by, and I thought what if, just what if I were an alien sent to earth on some kind of reconnaissance mission about the feasibility of invading this planet, and my first view of Earth's lifeforms was this lady walking her dog, but I'm an alien and I have no context for what this thing might be, so I think that what we know is the lady is the adult form of this planet's inhabitants, and what we know is the leash and the dog the alien instead assumes is some sort of umbilicus connecting the mother organism to her four-legged offspring, like, the dog is the larval or maybe pupal form of Earth's inhabitants, and the alien is so freaked out by this craziness that it reports back to its superiors that invasion is not recommended."Now, for the past, oh, say five or six years, this would have been the springboard for a fun if not slightly wacky conversation between my daughter and I, but on this particular day, the only response I got was, "Mommy....more

#ChingonaFest Fridays: Sugar Jones

Welcome to WEEK 5 of #ChingonaFest Fridays on Aspiring Mama. How’s your Easter weekend so far? Mine currently involves trying to get ahead on my #Dimelo column for Latina so I can be slightly less crazy — for a minute, anyway — and possibly unpacking the suitcase from my trip to New York trip, which is still sitting in the middle of my living room ....more

Catching Up: Snow Day

There might be a reader or two out there who is ready to be done with snow for the year (sorry!), but, as this was our first and only snow in two years, I just have to post these pics from last February for memory's sake (I'm just a little behind). Even though we had to scramble to find weatherproof clothes that fit after two years, we had a blast getting reacquainted with the white stuff...(I would appreciate it if you would pretend there wasn't a cobweb in that window. ...more

Burning Questions

Why is there a meal worm named Mae living in my house right now, and why did Cee tell me it's going to turn into a rather large green beetle and then explode and look like salsa? Will that really happen?Why does Browning still find new ways to break into his food supply?And if he's smart enough to continually keep me on my toes in the dog-food-rationing department, why does he flip out when the bag of dog food gets stuck on his head? What causes some people to have OCD? ...more

Fish That Run and Jump

I’ve been meaning to check out the herring run ever since I read THE RUN by John Hay a few years ago and I finally remembered to do it this spring! Alewife are a type of herring here on Cape Cod that live in the ocean and swim up streams in the spring to spawn in fresh water ponds. Seems like an ideal life for a fish! ...more

Why we celebrate this week – Day 5

Today is day 5 of the Holy week and Good Friday. I hope that you’re enjoying the series and hope even more that you’re getting something out of it....more

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