How To Use Disney's FastPass+

Growing up, I remember each and every one of our few visits to amusement parks.  ...more

Oh Dear. She said WHAT?

As the triplets are getting older, they are getting more and more curious. While sometimes endearing, the curiosity often leads them to trouble. At 21 months, Lincoln and Keira are now in the 90th percentile for height, so they can reach almost ...more

You'll Never Be on Time Again

I am, by nature, an extremely punctual human being. Being late stresses me out, and can actually ruin my day. Being on time isn’t just something I prefer, it’s something that MEANS SOMETHING TO ME. ...more

How To Create a Long Distance Gender Reveal Announcement

So remember when I mentioned I was pretty hesitant and totally awkward about announcing my pregnancy? Well, I like to think that I made up for it with our gender reveal. ...more

Parents, Read This Note BEFORE Prom or Graduation!

Dear "Responsible Parents," We're in the middle of Prom season and graduation is just around the corner, so I thought the time was ripe for a reminder of What Not To Do on Prom Night and/or Graduation Night. And that is: DO NOT RENT A ROOM AT A ...more

The Worst Thing You Can Say to a Working Mom

“I would never let someone else raise my children.” If you're a working mom, you've probably heard this sentence. Maybe you saw it in a Facebook post. Maybe you overheard someone saying it. Worst of all, maybe someone said it to your face....more
This is a conversation I'm interested in. There is a window where they are preschool age when ...more

Can You Even Help Your Kids Gain Independence Today?

The other day, Sam, Alrik, and I wanted to head out to the playground—and Mikko didn't. Now, the playground is literally a block from our home. Mikko is seven years old, nearly eight, and perfectly capable of amusing himself and retrieving drinks or snacks as needed in a short absence of parental supervision. But we knew we couldn't leave him home alone, and told him as much. "But whhhyyyy?" he asked. Indeed, kiddo, why? Because the neighbors might call the cops on us, that's why. ...more
rachael40711 That sounds really healthy, and like a worthy change to make from the way you were ...more

10 Things Your Kids Need to Know

As I sat in the departure area waiting to board a recent flight, a middle-aged woman sitting across from me took a call on her cell phone. It was hard not to overhear the almost immediate anguish in her voice. I garnered pretty quickly that she was getting news of a death. Her face turned gray and her voice shook as she tried to console the bereaved person on the other end of the phone. "Oh honey, you can't blame yourself," and, "I'm so sorry. This is such sad, sad news." And then, "Well, you never know, he might reschedule. Maybe he just got busy."...more
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Thank goodness someone helped me get my head right on #WomensLives

Friday, someone left the following comment on my first post for the PRI and SheKnows Media's Across Women's...more

Spring Break Bucket List - Mission: Complete

It's been two weeks since Spring Break. I think it took us that long to recover from the amount of fun we had in just 10 short days. ...more

I love you a hundred and fifty four seven five {Mac turns 5}

I find myself in a land of cliches as my baby turns five today. I want to talk about how time flies and that if you blink you'll miss it. In all honesty it doesn't seem that long ago that I was pregnant with Mackenzie ....more

A Vernal View

So far it's been a mostly wet and chilly spring. ...more

Win a copy of Escape from Ugly Mom Island!

I’ve set up an amazon giveaway where 10 people can win a copy of my book! ...more

I'm A Bad Drug Addict

Meaning I'm not good at it. I don't enjoy it. Narcotic drugs and I, we aren't friends ....more

Welcome Home, Pippa

The day after the girls and I returned from New Jersey, poor Pippa Middleton was spayed. We dropped her off at the vet at 8am and we didn't get to pick her back up until after five pm. The house seemed empty without the puppy ....more

Spread The Love with Huggies #UltraHug {giveaway}

"You can never have too many photos with your mom", is something I tell my boys all the time. I can scroll through my phone and see my boys changing and growing. I can see their happy and sometimes sad faces and I can be transported back to that moment ....more

Love to Cook, Hate to Plan: Weekly Dinner Menu 4/27 - 5/3

This week I'm going to utilize some meals that I've had in the freezer. (Mainly from dishes that I've made too much of and have stuck in the freezer, rather than saving for leftovers that end up getting trashed because no one eats them.) Between you and me, I've frozen them in dishes that I need, so let the unthawing begin! On Monday we'll have lasagna roll ups and salad ....more