No Boys in the Pink Aisles!

We went in the forbidden pink aisles. I managed to snag the family car and escape, with both boys, to Target. We wandered the aisles with a strict list and stopped only to ooh and aah over every Christmas Tree. We sang carols and walked through ...more

Letting Go of Expectations

The first snow presents challenges. Which shoes to wear? Coat? Is it going to melt? With the morning's fresh covering of white, I made decisions fast and furious to get to the bus. I grabbed the heavier coat, stuffed some mittens in the backpack, ...more

Do Your Kids Know These Things From the 80s?

Before streaming, DVDs, or CDs, there were the '80s. Back when using your tape recorder to make a mix tape off the radio was cool. A time when real people worked at the radio station, and you could call and dedicate a TOTALLY AWESOME song from ...more

My Son Came Out, So What Do We Do Now?

My brilliant, quirky, wise, witty, wonderful 13-year-old son shared with me this week the fact that he is gay. And it's not a surprise to me or anyone who knows him—with his flair for impeccable fashion advice to his love of all things sparkly ...more

Nope. You Can't Punch Someone Who Complains About Your Whiny Kid

I'm a mom, but I'm siding with Natalie Bree Hajek-Richardson on this unbelievable story. That's the woman who got punched in the face outside a Nordstrom Rack for asking the mother of a tantrum throwing child if she could calm her child. ...more

Would You Send a Gift When The Invitation Reads "No Gift, Please"?

Here’s a brain teaser: A girl receives an invitation to a birthday party. The invitation specifically states “no gifts, please”. Should the girl:a) run out and buy the perfect gift for the birthday girl; she’s no Scrooge  b) show up at the party empty-handed; after all, the invitation was quite clearorc) scratch her head and wonder what the phrase “no gifts” really means ...more
I like that idea a lot.  You have your priorities in the right place...more

26 New Elf on the Shelf Ideas for 2015

Thanksgiving is almost here! That means a few things in our household: 1. Delicious, delicious foods will be enjoyed 2. Browsing through Black Friday ads and the start of Christmas shopping 3. Reese, our Elf on the Shelf, is returning!!! ...more

5 Gift Ideas for Your Picky Tween (That Aren't a Toy)

I have a ten-year-old, and man, tweens are the worst people to shop for. Are they too old for dolls and toys? Are they too young for technical gizmos and clothes? No kid wants to open a gift card. I've scoured the pitches, the Internet and the catalogs to find these five fun gift ideas for tween girls. ...more
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The Rant of a Flustered Mother

Life is too chaotic right now and it’s finally starting to get to me....more

Schooling in season

I’d normally start this post with “So we’ve been hard at work with Mother Goose Time….”, but that’s just not the case this month. Sure we started out strong. But it wasn’t long before we lost momentum ....more

That Time I Forgot the Batteries

SheSpeaks was gracious enough to send me the Duracell Coppertop Alkaline Batteries gratis, as well as compensate me for this post. All opinions are my own. My son’s had this little sensory piano since before he could even crawl ....more

Pecan Pie with Bacon Crust, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie, and more!

Hello there! It’s time for this week’s Savoring Saturdays! How was your week?? ...more

Kids and Porn: The Slippery Slope

I suppose most kids have it… That place where they...more

If Women Shared Their Voices

Imagine our country if women shared their voices. Imagine the world if this was the case. Imagine how it would impact the lives of our children. We need you to start--women share your voices....more

5 Things About Threenagers

We've all heard the phrase "the terrible twos"....although those "twos" are more like 18 months to about 5 or so. I'm in the middle of this stage with Hudson, or as I also call it "The Threenager" stage. *This picture's a year old but I just love it.* Here are 5 things you need to know about your threenager....more

Seven Quick Takes

1. Our parish had their annual conference this past weekend. While the girls were in the nursery on Saturday morning, we got to hear talks from Bob Rice and Jackie Francois ....more

Fan Girl

Well, I've learned what it takes to keep my house presentable. All I have to do is have people over twice a week. Let's see, park day last Friday, Bunko on Monday, park day today...voila! ...more

Five Things For Friday 11/21/14

1. We celebrated Mr. Man's Birthday last night and surprised him with a Clan themed dinner....more