20 Real (and Gross) Things You Need to Know About Pregnancy

I will preface this tale with a small disclaimer: If you had an easy pregnancy, you are one lucky bitch.This is not normal. Should you feel compelled to discount the torturous experiences that many of us have had, please save it for the baby book. ...more

Don't Have Kids If You Want to Be Happy

If you want to be happy, you shouldn’t have kids. That’s a fact. Or at least, Time magazine and the sociologists who conducted this study so. Parents get less sleep, have less money, and less independence. Parents have more stress, more marital ...more

In Defense of the Stage Mother

He stood on stage, happily singing and moving his arms in "perfect" coordination with the words of the songs. He was obviously having fun, as was I, and I sat there several feet away from the stage, feeling proud and joyful. I stared at my ...more

Christmas Clutter? Never Fear!

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 ...more

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

Why Do Autism "Experts" Say Such Awful Things?

“There is no human life that is more sacred than another—every human life is sacred.” - Pope FrancisYou want to break my heart? Show me the latest mainstream media piece about autism written by or featuring quotes from a non-autistic autism expert. Almost without exception, that expert is going to say something that self-righteously dehumanizes, endangers, invokes pity for, or degrades my autistic son. My beloved, delightful, innocent son—who has done nothing to deserve such scorn.Maybe you can understand, now, why my heart never stops breaking. ...more
I'll give you an example of some of the things I hear from parents and those around autistics, ...more

Aren't We All Stage Mothers?

He stood on stage, happily singing and moving his arms in "perfect" coordination with the words of the songs. He was obviously having fun, as was I, and I sat there several feet away from the stage, feeling proud and joyful. I stared at my second-grader the whole night. As far as my eyes were concerned, there was only one spotlight and it was all on him. Remember those advertisements or movie scenes where the parent looks at their grown child but actually sees the younger or "baby" version of that child instead? I had that experience. ...more
I agree with this article but I don't think any of that is what a "Stage Mother" is?  I thought ...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

One car households

We have two cars in our household. One is my husband's (the DaddyWagon) and one is mine (the MommyBus). I use my car to go to work, sit in traffic, drop our son off at school and run errands on the weekends....more

Peppa Pig and Parenting

Having a preschooler in the house is the same thing as watching a lot and I mean a lot of television programs that shift around Nick Jr, Discovery for Kids, and Disney networks.Ian loves Peppa Pig, so I watch at least ten episodes a day of the darn cartoon.  I listen to it in Spanish or English....more

!!! CUPNOODLES MUSEUM

It's no secret that the Japanese love their noodles, what you might not know is that they seriously have a museum for everything. For four years now we've been aware of, and have walked by, the Cup of Noodle museum with little to know interest in visiting. Sure I enjoyed Cup of Noodles as a kid but a museum? ...more

Christms Day 2014

Christmas Day 2014 was amazing!...more

Easy Pizza Quesadillas

Our family could eat pizza every single day….but that gets expensive and time-consuming! I love these easy pizza quesadillas that are cheap-cheap to make and can be ready in just minutes! I asked my daughter to share a video just so you could see how easy it really is! ...more

A Mindful Approach to New Year’s Resolutions

After the merry-making, gift-giving, and gift-returning, one more holiday tradition remains: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Resolutions. It’s probably fitting that after a season of indulgence (financial and/or caloric), we resolve to change our habits in the new year. Lose ten pounds! ...more

Christmas 2014 Recap

This Christmas will go down in the memory books as a pretty special one. We were lucky enough to celebrate a few days early with my sister and her family and then hosted Christmas Eve dinner with my Dad and his significant other. It was great to have family here with us since we usually refrain from traveling around the holiday season....more

A Few Last Minute End of the Year Confessions

but first, llama take a seflie....more

Have your MOST Successful Year – EVER!

We are headed into the final days of 2014. The heat is on for us to complete the resolutions we so determinedly put in place in December 2013 – or wait… you forgot what they were? Don’t worry – so did millions others who steadfast made plans to lose weight, change their ways, save more, […] The post Have your MOST Successful Year – EVER! ...more

New Year’s Eve Activity Countdown for Kids

Got little ones in the house? ...more