Your Quality Time Matters!

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”- Thich Nhat Hanh Princess. Beautiful. Sweetheart. ...more

An Easy Way to Teach Your Kids About Giving

Much earlier this year, an old and dear friend, SJ, gave each of my boys a Moonjar. It’s a three-part bank with dedicated compartments for saving, spending and sharing. ...more

Improve Those Holiday Handovers

No matter how much you know and trust that your child is safe, loved, and well cared for with your ex, it can be difficult having your kids away for a week or many weeks at a time. Being able to walk into your child’s room and see them sleeping or to ...more

Losing a Twin

I recently became friends with a mother on my daughter’s cheerleading squad. There was an instant affinity between us, though we had little enough in common. She’s the mother of five; I have two. She works full time; I stay at home. She has an au ...more

It's Harder This Year

I used to love the holidays. We’d string multi-colored lights around our family room and nestle a homemade Styrofoam gumdrop tree in and among the wisps of angel hair gracing our fireplace mantle. Wrapped gifts would rest on the hearth and trickle ...more

4 Super Simple Tips To Clean Up The Holiday Clutter

Merry Christmas! Now that you've unwrapped all the presents you carefully chose and purchased over a series of months, you get the joy of... cleaning it up. Yay? Don't fret. The following simple tips will help you organize the mess in quick fashion, leaving you with more time to sit and enjoy the rest of your holiday. ...more

Here's How American Girl Responded to My Open Letter on Diversity

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I'm surprised they responded. So, in short, white children are more than welcome to buy these ...more

Do You Invite the Whole Class to Your Kid's Birthday Party?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,So what's the etiquette on birthday parties? Do you have to invite your kid's whole class? Or can you just invite your child's close friends? We are new to the area. I don't want to piss people off before we have even gotten settled, but we don't have limitless resources.Signed,No Birthday Drama MamaImage: Phalinn Ooi via Flickr Creative Commons...more
At the last two schools my kids have gone to, you have to invite the whole class if invitations ...more

impromptu family getaway

Did you survive Christmas? Are there still pieces of wrapping paper hiding in corners of your house? If you answered yes to both of those questions that will make me very happy! ...more

My 9 Year Old Hurt Himself Because of Homework

As a mom who has also been an educator for over a decade, I have endless respect for my kids’ teachers and their strapped public school system. Every year, I watch teachers and schools try to do more with less and I watch more and more friends give up on their public school and get a spot at a charter school or find the money for private....more

“There Is No Charm Equal to Tenderness of Heart”

About a year ago, I decided that I would like a charm bracelet. I love clunky bracelets and sparkly things in general, plus I love the idea of collecting objects over time that tell a story about what’s important to me. G enjoys knowing what to get me….Victoria’s getting into it too…and Aunt Fancy […] ...more

Christmas 2014

It was a perfect Christmas....more

True Colors

14-year-old Brian woke us up at 7:10 this morning, which made me so cranky I snarled at everyone for an hour. ...more

The best kind of gift. . .

So, Santa brought the Easy-Bake Oven the girl has clamored for over the past two years or so, and she made two batches of kinda crunchy, kinda mushy chocolate chip cookies with it. Although she was very happy with Santa’s gift, her other Santa present of a Maleficent doll, and a mommy-and-daddy present of a magic wand that lights up and makes noise ended up being her favorite presents, she says. Actually, I think her real favorite present was being around her 12-year-old cousin, whom she adores ....more

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas From our heart and home to yours… Wishing you and your family nothing but happiness and joy this holiday season! ...more

Santa Badger Don't Care

Not long after the witches put away their broomsticks and the ghosts tucked away their sheets, I set out to take the girls to see Santa. We had a few chances, but long lines, grumpy babies, grumpy big kids, and various other things stopped us each and every time I dared to think, "Perhaps today would be a good day for St Nick." Alas, 'twas the night before Christmas and I still hadn't introduced Mila to the man who will soon be delivering all sorts of fun things to her. (An aside, Santa arrives late for us ....more

Christmas 2014 – no fancy pictures

As we finished packing for Texas, Brian reminded me to pack my camera. I was feeling pretty overwhelmed, so I opted just for phone pictures this year. If I wasn’t allowed to lift and I can’t ask Riley to drag around my carry on the phone camera would have to do ....more

Christmas Eve Plans May not Have Gone as Expected if Your Husband is Singing about the Staples in Your Child's Head

My plans for Christmas Eve: Chicken Potato Green Beans Head of Demolition's plans for Christmas Eve: Reach from high chair to grab chocolate off table Emergency room Two staples in back of her head As you can see, we were at odds. ...more