10 Excellent Chapter Books For Young Readers

There are no words to express the joy we felt when our 6-year-old son learned how to read on his own last year. Books have always been important in this house. (With a writer mother and an editor father, it's no surprise.) The Youngster has been read ...more

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

Breastfeeding: Been There, Done That, Not Doing It Again!

I consider myself intelligent and sufficiently educated. I know the laundry list of stated benefits to breastfeeding. I know it's the best. But, I don't want to do it. I'm scared. ...more

How I'm Trying to Bully-Proof My Daughters

My girls love to climb the trees at their school. As soon as they see me at dismissal, they hand off their backpacks and run away with their friends, sometimes stopping to see me for a quick chat or snack. Most often they're monkeying up the handful of trees lining the school's playground. ...more

How On Earth Did I Become One of THOSE Moms?

A few months ago, my very first friend had a baby. By that I mean that none of my other friends have babies yet (half are just getting engaged, and the other half are too drunk to find their phones). She was the first to become a mom. Throughout her pregnancy we talked about how she wanted a natural birth and how excited I was for her to be going through a midwifery group and to birth in their birth center. She went late, which is normal for first time moms (or, if you're like me, going two weeks late is my due date), and we talked about natural ways to induce labor. ...more

Why is Daddy Crying?

Dark days in our household.Bart has been hoarding nerd toys for his one-day child pretty much since our first date. All those boxes that arrive from eBay and the Hasbro Toy Shop and the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club are all in the name of good parenting.“One day,” Bart said, while raising the lid of an old wooden trunk in his office, “these will all be Quinn’s.”...more

Confessions of a home schooled child...who lives on a boat.

I like home schooling better than regular school because you can go your own speed on any subject.  Like math,  I can go faster on math and take my time on language arts....more

Baby moccs.

Size 0-3 months on the left, size 6-12 months on the right Like lots of you (I assume), I love...more

Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush

A couple of weeks ago I got an email about the possibility of reviewing Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush....more

A birth story - Baby Luke

This is a little long and "word-y" but for my record books :) We are SO happy this sweet baby is finally here and healthy! Gosh we love him so! While feeling a little down, ( the pregnancy emotions were getting to me :) my mom called me on Wednesday night September 23rd and told me she booked a flight for the next day (( Thursday )) to come be with me and keep me sane before the baby came :) I was so excited ....more


Oh wow. Just wow. I had no idea that the last time I blogged was July ....more

What, This Happens Every Year?

You know you're falling down on this whole parenting thing when someone comments on the fact that your kid's birthday is in a week and you're like, "What?" ...more

sports & such

 Our every day life, though different, is evolving....more

Canning Jars and Meat Grinders