10 Ways to Earn 'Cool Aunt' Status

It’s no secret that I love being an aunt to four beautiful nieces and one handsome nephew, who range in age from almost 4 years old to 19 years old. They each provide me diverse conversations, activities and memories to cherish. While my husband ...more

8 TV Shows to Binge-Watch While On Late Night Baby Duty (Or, Right Now)

Last week, I chatted with some colleagues about the television shows we’ve been watching. One of my co-workers is due with her first baby in a few short weeks and therefore looking for something to watch during those 2 a.m. feedings. She took notes ...more

The Secret to Getting Your Kids to Do What You Want

I watched her seamlessly round up her four children as they splashed, swam, and dove in the pool. ...more

10 Life Skills Every Teen Needs Before College

The youngest of our five is about to be a sophomore in high school this year. And as I was reminiscing about how fast these last 15 years have gone for her, I realized that I only have a few more years left to make sure she is ready to take those ...more

Mom, When Can I Start Saying 'Crap'?

"Mom?" said my 9-year-old Sophie, looking up from her iPad game and glancing over at me with her big, brown eyes and a sheepish grin on her face. "What's up?" I asked, girding myself for a request I would not want or be able to fulfill. "Can I start using the word crap?" Her sheepish grin was still glued to her face. ...more
My 18 yo is a veritable bag of f-bombs some days, and so I have to tell him to cool it around ...more

I'm Proud To Have Raised Such An Amazing Daughter

The first time I realized that my daughter was actually mothering me, she was all of 7 years old. We were at a summer pool party thrown by my ad agency's creative director—a mom herself, who loved kids. She was swimming with my daughter Lillie, who was playfully splashing her. "Take it easy," I called to Lillie. "That's my boss!" ...more
Sounds like you raised a great person!more

9 Is The New 13

My daughter is putting a big damper on my plans. I had this whole escape plan drawn out: The moment she turned 13, I would pack my bags and leave motherhood behind, going to an exotic island of some sort to sip margaritas and pina coladas for dayssssss. ...more
My boy went through the nine-ager, and it hasn't stopped. He's now 11. I completely feel your ...more

Runs/Walks in Kansas City: Sock it to Cancer August 8, 2015 #GreatBallsofFire

"Help raise awareness of testicular cancer and raise money for the Testicular Cancer Society while enjoying 5K run/walk along a tree-lined course in downtown Lee's Summit! Join us on August 8 for this new event for all ages and all fitness levels! All participants receive a new pair of running socks and compete for age group and overall awards!"Proceeds from the Sock it to Cancer 5K benefit the Testicular Cancer Society and KU Cancer Centers ....more

Nutella Frozen Hot Chocolate

Back in 2001 when Chad and I saw the movie Serendipity, I wished for two things-to see New York City at Christmastime and to have a frozen hot chocolate from the Serendipity III...more

Our Fintry Garden

Finally, pictures of our garden. And such. I went looking for photos of the garden that I have taken over the last little while and found a few other interesting shots as well that I haven't shown you yet....more

Why that daily reading log isn't helping your child love to read

    Think of something you really love to do. Is it painting or going to the gym, taking a walk or reading book? Now imagine someone told you that you had to do it. Every day. For a minimum amount of time. Might sound pretty awesome...until that day when you just didn't feel like it. Then it becomes a chore. And soon, that very thing you love, becomes just one more thing "to do". ...more

BumGenius Harper and Jolly Freetime Giveaway

It’s summertime and I’m sure we could all use a little “Freetime” in our lives. So here’s your chance to win some of it One lucky winner will have the opportunity to win a Limited Edition Harper Print and a Jolly Print in Freetime. Just head below and enter for your chance to win ....more

Four Months Young

Dear Miss Alice, You are four months old! Today (Monday) you had your four-month well child. You weighed in at 15.08 pounds and measured 25 inches long exactly–75th percentile for height and weight ....more

Father's Day 2015

Emory and I took some cute pictures for Justin for Father's Day so that he could hang them in his locker at the fire station....more

Lenny's Story {Fiction} #MusicMondays

Dear Readers,This is a piece of fiction I've been working on for almost a year. It comes and goes but never really leaves. In an effort to write more and get the story out, I've decided to start linking up with My So Called Chaos and Music Mondays ....more

From the Archives: Time. {August 2007}

An old friend of my mom’s sent a little note on Facebook tonight that had me reminiscing and digging through old things I’d written and shared several years ago when my mom was terminally ill. I decided I’d repost the one she mentioned in her posting here tonight. Thank you C!...more

Mary Alice in her Baptism Dress | Just Pictures

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