New Ideas for Your Elf on the Shelf!

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

No Gifts?!

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 ...more

My Daughter Is Walking Her Own Path

While my eyes catch the bubbly, outgoing gals enjoying their friends in the school pick up line, my 7th grade daughter is standing off to the side, alone. She is a total introvert. In many ways, her anti-social behavior breaks my heart because ...more

Work at Home? Check Out These Tips!

I didn't choose to become a work-a-home mom almost 10 years ago, but it's turned out to function as a great fit for our family. I've had readers ask me how I manage to do it all and make time for my family. The ugly truth is: I don’t do it all. You ...more

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

Why I Hate The Elf On The Shelf

I'm not happy about this post. I love mocking ridiculous things, but I feel most comfortable poking fun at stuff I like. Things like my college football team, my kids' quirks, my brother's ability to get free stuff from anyone he meets, and how my mom identifies herself by name when she leaves me a message. "Oh, hi Amy. This is your mom. Susan." My favorite target is myself. But today I turn my disdain outward, to a society that complains about consumerism and too many commitments, but spends $30 dollars for the privilege of managing the "magic" of a cheaply made stuffed elf during the busiest month of the year....more
Right?!  I can't believe people are actually doing any of this!more

How to Say Thanksgiving Grace

Editor's note: Mata, BlogHer's longtime and much-loved contributing editor on religion and spirituality, passed away in May of 2013. I can think of no better tribute than re-running this post she wrote in 2009, on giving thanks. -- Julie ...more
On Thanksgiving and before every meal.more

Don’t Let Thanksgiving Dinner Be Your Last Meal

Don't Wash Your Turkey. It Could Kill You! You know what's even a worse Thanksgiving fail than politics at the dinner table, salt in the pie instead of sugar, or being stuck in #Snovember? Salmonella. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 6 Americans get food poisoning each year. That's 48 million people. 128,000 hospital visits. 3,000 deaths. Whoa. ...more

Know How Your Shoes Are Hampering Your Success

It is needless to point out that shoes can make or break a fairly decent outfit. Uncomfortable shoes can severely affect your confidence. As per a recent survey, 94% women feel good with comfortable footwear. However comfort and fashion can be a tricky combination to achieve. Comfortable footwear can play a big role in your personality building and confidence level....more


This was me in first grade....more

Wordless Wednesday: Karsten & his big brothers

Want to see the baby love?I told you how the big boys are adapting to a little brother,and here you can see it in action,at one month old (plus 7 and 3 years). Find sites to link up your Wordless Wednesday postat my super-cool collection of Wordless Wednesday linkies,and add your own linky to my collection if you have one.I'm in babymoon mode, so I'm dropping my own linky for now. Thanks for subscribing to Hobo Mama ....more

More Beans To Cut

One of the irrigated circles Matthew checks, had double crop soybeans on it. Everything happens in groups it seems…. We had wheat to drill, milo to cut, and these beans to cut ....more

$200 Minted Giveaway

When it comes to selecting what cards to send out to friends and family there are a ton of options to choose from and it can be overwhelming. Without fail I always choose Minted - and half of the reason is because of their awesome free address printing. Anything that saves me time nowadays is right up my ally.We selected Minted for Presley's birth announcements and I love how they turned out! ...more

Gratitude Journal

I called this a “Thanksgiving” gratitude journal, but I am a firm believer that gratitude is NOT just for November. So feel free to use this thing all year round! I love the quote by Gordon B ....more

WTF are "Sick Days"?

It's late. I should be in bed, asleep, waiting on my four a.m. wake up call. Instead I'm here, because I couldn't go another day and leave this pretty little blog empty ....more

Heaven = An Eppa Sangria Fete on the Rooftop of LA’s Petite Ermitage Hotel on a Balmy Fall Night

I’m not sure how this happened, but I ended up on the short-list for Romy Schorr of Romy Raves‘ EPPA Supra Fruta Sangria soiree located at the most exclusive, celebrity-dense, chicly European West Hollywood hotel in Los Angeles, Le Petit Ermitage. Just visiting their website will make you want to safari with Hemingway. I arrived with the lovely Jamie Grumet of I Am Not The Babysitter, a vixen if ever there was one ....more

My 10 Step Plan to Be Awesome Again

If I could sum up the awesome aftermath of the last blog post (you know, the one where I confess to being stuck all depressed and not awesome in my sweatpants), it would be this… I read a nice comment from one of you after I posted the blog entry. Then, I mustered all the energy I had to think the best thought I could think in that moment. BLEH ....more

Edward’s 8th Birthday

Oh my sweet E. 8 years old. His birthday fell on a Sunday so we had all day to celebrate him ....more