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

4 'How To Be a Lady' Lessons My Daughters Won't Be Learning From Me

Dear Daughters The New York Times recently ran a piece about dads signing up for a special "clinic" at a hair salon to learn how to braid their daughters’ hair. The piece referenced girls on the playground, running amuck with hair that had clearly ...more

10 Sharp Answers to the Most Annoying Mom of Twins Question Ever

"Are they natural?" I am a mother of identical twins. We are instant celebrities on such red carpets as the grocery store checkout aisle and the pediatrician's waiting room.  ...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

19 Difficult Questions About Parenting

There are occurrences in parenting that are puzzling to the mind. Sure, there are probably scientific reasons or results to a study that may help to explain some of these parenting phenomena, but still, moms and dads everywhere are thinking to themselves, what in the hell? Parents of little ones, do these unrelenting questions sound familiar? 1. Why do they hate to sleep? ...more

Weight Loss Update

Tomorrow I'm going to share a few ways you can help Leslie Sisti's family if you are interested. ...more

letty's early birthday party

Letty's actual fifth birthday falls on the day that we will be driving to Maine for a big giant family vacation... so her party had to come before that. There are three August birthdays in my side of the family alone between the 2-4 (and three on the Olsen side as well come to think of it) so it's a busy busy birthday havin' month! ...more

A Few Recipes To Try This Summer

To eat… APRICOT & FIG TART...more

greatest of places

We've been at the ranch this week for Bluewater Days! We have been anticipating this week for over a year! We didn't get to go to the ranch last year while my parents were on their mission and we all missed it ....more

Updated Six Month Favorites

Jumperoo // Baby Shampoo // Sophie // Swing // High Chair Baby Oatmeal // Pacifier // Mini Muslin Blankets // OBall // Bath Tub // Sleep It's been two and a half years since I last had a six month old and while so much has changed, I've found that I still love a lot of my go-to items from when I had Ethan {see Ethan's 6 Month Favorites here}. ...more

I Have An Opinion and I’m Not Sorry

There’s a new trend in blog posts....more

Epic January

My first teaching gig was my absolute favorite. It was challenging and I went home in tears some days, but anything worth doing makes you cry, right? ...more

Ranch 2015 Day 3

Today's objective: practice shooting with the Little Nies. As soon as we pulled up to the shooting area,...more

Bon's Book Club July: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

BOOK CLUB TIME! HOW IT WORKS Every month we read a book. ...more

In Which There Are Cute Clothes We Like

I liked this outfit my daughter put together and we ventured out one morning and I snapped pictures! We had fun with this...more