Remarrying and Blending Families After Divorce

The early days of the "blended family" projectSunday morning Benjamin came padding into my room -- make that "our" room -- around 7. "Mom," he said. "I was looking out my window and I saw a ... wait, what are those birds that are all red?"My brain ...more

The One Nosy Question That Can Send a First-Time Mother Reeling

When are you going to have another baby? I get this question quite often lately from everyone from co-workers to family members and even the check-out lady at Target. It's just small talk, and I understand that completely. It's one of those ...more

What Do I Tell My Daughter About Sandra Bland?

To my Little Magician: We’ll read this together when you’re old enough to understand. Motherhood has been an incredible adventure, but I have always been haunted by the guilt of bringing you into this world -- a world that has not been very kind ...more

Summertime, and the Kitchen Is Easy (Or It Will Be With These Dinner Tips)

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I'm too lazy to cook dinner for my family this summer, plus it's too hot. Any ideas? Signed, Kitchen Is Closed  ...more

After Devastation and Loss, My Rainbow Baby Is Here

Dear Ruby, If you would have told me a year ago that I would go a day without crying, I wouldn’t have believed you. If you would have told me a year ago that I would laugh without guilt, I wouldn’t have believed you. If you would have told ...more

It's Official: I'm Vocally Fried

Recently I read Ann Friedman’s salty piece in New York Magazine on "vocal fry," a way of talking in which you draw out the end of sentences or words with a low, raspy, creaky sound that comes from the back of throat. Like "upspeak" and "valley girl speak," vocal fry is a speech pattern or vocal tic -- apparently unique to women -- that seems to make the person using it (i.e., the young woman) sound immature, dumb, small, and not confident. ...more

Is Blood Thicker Than Water?

"It's true love," my ex-husband said about his new girlfriend. Of course, he had spoken the same words to me. And for decades, I arranged my entire existence and created our family around that pronouncement. I also trusted my brother-in-law when he pledged a similar allegiance to me. When I first met my husband, I was surprised that he and his younger brother Jonah were more like casual acquaintances. Their parents had died years earlier and I had supposed that they would be tight, but that wasn't the case. ...more

The Baby Milestones That Matter Most

The day those two pink lines appeared, I felt the world stop moving. It was a wave of joy, fear, and squealing family phone calls. My brain was buzzing, and a giddy smile lingered across my mouth. I could hardly wait until my husband got home. He eventually walked through the door, exhausted after a 14-hour shift. The news exploded out of me. ...more

Gone Cruising

Greg and I are off on a Caribbean cruise this week... enjoying wind and sand and sun and forgetting that four days after our return we'll be back to the grind in the classroom....more

16 Things Your Teenage Daughter Needs to Hear From You

Navigating the teen (and tween!) years can be rough for girls. Their lives, bodies, and social circles are all changing at a rapid pace. Friendships that were easy in elementary school become difficult in middle and high school ....more

Twelve Days of Summer with My Twelve-Year-Old: DAY FIVE

On the fifth day of Summer(mas), my middle schooler gave to me: five bike bell dings———–-------My husband stood in the lobby of the YMCA, trying to get members to sign up as volunteers for a community-outreach event....more

July 2015 - Part One

The first week of July was an exciting one - we were patiently awaiting for Georgia to arrive and trying to enjoy our last days together was a family of three! Plus, we were packing up and moving things into our new house in preparation of staying there! It was a crazy busy week!...more

Super Soft Play Dough Recipe

We’re all about fun in this house and Mabel always loves getting her hands on something new....more

let’s have a Good Time with Shiftwork and the Drinking Class because it’s Five O’Clock Somewhere!

Here we are with another Monday. How is it that weekends seem to go by so fast? I suppose that whole thing about time flying when you’re having fun must have something to do with it....more

Fresh Starts

It’s been over 2 weeks since my husband started his new job and I can barely begin to tell you how amazing it is. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy. The hours are rough right now, rougher than they’re supposed to be, but his coworkers actually acknowledge this and are giving him a free day off to compensate ....more

Canvas Art Ideas for Kids to Make

My preschool students had such fun creating collaborative pieces of art last year! A lot of this collaborative art was done on canvases and hung up in the classroom. We ended up creating enough that every child could take home a canvas at the end of the year ....more

La Mansion Del Rio San Antonio and Las Canarias

A five Star Hotel across the board, or should I say across the River walk? With all the necessities in one place just like a mother and every working woman on a mission would hope for, in order to enjoy: business travel, a girls get away, a leisurely weekend trip or even a family vacation. Relaxation and peace of mind was definitely an expectation that was addressed and exceeded, at Omni Hotels and Resorts, La Mansion | San Antonio....more

Beach boys

Last week, we went with my parents to Myrtle Beach. This was the boys' first trip to a beach, and they were all very excited. They did very well, on a second fairly long road trip.But it was worth it ....more