No Shame Here!

If you want to jump right into the belly of the parenting beast in 2015, just mention the words screen time: a term that only emerged in the last few years to encompass all of the electronics in our lives and how much we use them. ...more

Do You Make Your Kids Hug?

I absolutely adore my children’s relationship with one another. They may not admit it, ever, but I know they are each other’s best friend. My daughter is nine and will definitely not admit it, but when I act like I don’t know who my son is or ...more

Fading Memories of Adoption

We looked through old papers tonight, pages of them, some in English, most in Spanish, documents pulled out of a torn white envelope, each one signifying some step in the adoption of one of our three children from Nicaragua. In the papers were ...more

Sometimes Toddlers Teach Lessons

I lost it today at lunch. Like, frickin' lost it. I knew it was happening too. I could feel my frustration reaching a boiling point. I kept thinking, "Kelly! DON'T DO IT!" But I yelled anyway. Then when my toddler started laughing at ...more

It's Because of Everything, Because of Nothing

Over the past few years, the following things have been offered to us as possible "causes" for the behavioral problems we have experienced with our seven-year-old son, Harper. Most of the time the suggestions have been made in love, purely out of ...more

No, You Really Can't Give My Kid Sugar

Dear well-meaning, loving, kind people who offer my daughter sweets, I would love to give my daughter cake just as much as you would. I would love to give her cheesecake on my birthday. I would love to give her more than one tiny bite of one little Swedish fish for Valentine’s Day. I want to say yes to her, and I want to say yes to you when you offer to give her a bite of your delicious pastry....more
lindasblogs I'd probably stop being friends with someone if I felt I had to lie to them to ...more

Why I Told My Daughter She Didn't Have to Go to College

"I'm not sure I want to go to college," my daughter said to me. I guess the look on my face made it pretty clear what I thought of that, and she hastily amended it with, "For the first year, I mean." "You want to take a year off?" I clarified. "Yeah. I just don't think I need to start right away." I chewed my lip, considering my words carefully. ...more
Great job on your response mom! It's never easy when our kids throw stuff like that at us, we ...more

Asthma: Kids with Cat Allergies

Notice your little one sneezing a lot around the family feline? It could be a warning that the kid will need an inhaler before making it to double digits. Image: anomalous...more

Carnan Properties International Luxury Living

One very extraordinary event took place in the esteemed post oak area's Houstonian Manor House on Tuesday February 24th. A union of Miami and Houston, to blend community and culture through infrastructure that proposed 'International Luxury Living’ and landmark real estate with Carnan Properties. The event was sponsored by Carmina Zamorano and Connie Zubizarreta of Carnan Properties Houston and focused on the differences and similarities between Houston and Miami....more

Carnan Properties International Luxury Living

One very extraordinary event took place in the esteemed post oak area's Houstonian Manor House on Tuesday February 24th. A union of Miami and Houston, to blend community and culture through infrastructure that proposed 'International Luxury Living’ and landmark real estate with Carnan Properties. The event was sponsored by Carmina Zamorano and Connie Zubizarreta of Carnan Properties Houston and focused on the differences and similarities between Houston and Miami....more

Recycling of a Random Parental Confession Because I Can… RTT Rebel & Coffee Chat

Because today’s Coffee Chat is random – a random confession, that is...more

Winter Blah...or Yay?

All winter long, I've longed for snow. We'd get a dusting here or there...maybe a few inches, then it would unseasonably warm up and melt away and we'd be left with brown yuck. Bare trees, brown grass, small brown piles of snow on the corners...blah.Christmas came and went with barely a snow flake in sight...for this born and bred MinneSOOOOOta girl, Christmas just doesn't feel right without a beautiful new blanket of sparkly snow ....more

Pink Hot Air Balloons

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Weekend Rewind + Everyday Saturday + Update

Hey there friends! I know I promised my #GoCommando outfit today, but this weekend was another doozey for this mama. In addition to contractions, a toothache showed it’s UGLY face Friday night ....more

Standing at the of the road, boys, waiting for me new friends to come...

I have made a huge parenting error. I know, try not to fall down from the shock of it all. Truth be told, it's more of an error in my regard of humankind, as opposed to a poor parenting choice ....more

What I Learned This Week

My head has been swimming all day. I’m not sure if it’s a side effect from the methotrexate or...more

9 Months

Mila turned the page on 9 months this weekend, which left me thinking about what I could write here about this stage in her awesomeness. In the time I spent thinking and trying to define who she is right now, she ripped Alexis' knitting project off of the needles, stuck her hand in my oatmeal, and figured out how to turn off the cable box. So ....more

Are You Responding Correctly when Your Kid Says a Bad Word?

From outright R-rated curse words to less offensive ones, hearing kids blurt words we’d rather not hear can send us into a panic....more