What Do I Tell My Daughter About Sandra Bland?

To my Little Magician: We’ll read this together when you’re old enough to understand. Motherhood has been an incredible adventure, but I have always been haunted by the guilt of bringing you into this world -- a world that has not been very kind ...more

Summertime, and the Kitchen Is Easy (Or It Will Be With These Dinner Tips)

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I'm too lazy to cook dinner for my family this summer, plus it's too hot. Any ideas? Signed, Kitchen Is Closed  ...more

After Devastation and Loss, My Rainbow Baby Is Here

Dear Ruby, If you would have told me a year ago that I would go a day without crying, I wouldn’t have believed you. If you would have told me a year ago that I would laugh without guilt, I wouldn’t have believed you. If you would have told ...more

4 'How To Be a Lady' Lessons My Daughters Won't Be Learning From Me

Dear Daughters The New York Times recently ran a piece about dads signing up for a special "clinic" at a hair salon to learn how to braid their daughters’ hair. The piece referenced girls on the playground, running amuck with hair that had clearly ...more

10 Sharp Answers to the Most Annoying Mom of Twins Question Ever

"Are they natural?" I am a mother of identical twins. We are instant celebrities on such red carpets as the grocery store checkout aisle and the pediatrician's waiting room.  ...more

Is Blood Thicker Than Water?

"It's true love," my ex-husband said about his new girlfriend. Of course, he had spoken the same words to me. And for decades, I arranged my entire existence and created our family around that pronouncement. I also trusted my brother-in-law when he pledged a similar allegiance to me. When I first met my husband, I was surprised that he and his younger brother Jonah were more like casual acquaintances. Their parents had died years earlier and I had supposed that they would be tight, but that wasn't the case. ...more

The Baby Milestones That Matter Most

The day those two pink lines appeared, I felt the world stop moving. It was a wave of joy, fear, and squealing family phone calls. My brain was buzzing, and a giddy smile lingered across my mouth. I could hardly wait until my husband got home. He eventually walked through the door, exhausted after a 14-hour shift. The news exploded out of me. ...more

19 Difficult Questions About Parenting

There are occurrences in parenting that are puzzling to the mind. Sure, there are probably scientific reasons or results to a study that may help to explain some of these parenting phenomena, but still, moms and dads everywhere are thinking to themselves, what in the hell? Parents of little ones, do these unrelenting questions sound familiar? 1. Why do they hate to sleep? ...more

Inside Out at the El Capitan Theatre

We traveled out to Southern California for a quick trip a week or so ago and got to check something off our list we’ve always wanted to do – see a show at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood! You’ll have to forgive me for lack of photos, we didn’t give ourselves enough travel time... Read More » ...more

Summer Bucket List: Splash Park

This summer I wanted to venture out of the typical waterpark we go to every summer on Andrews Air Force Base and explore one in Southern Maryland. After some searching online and asking in various local Facebook groups, I learned that there aren’t a ton of splash parks around us. There is one in Calvert County that is far more expensive that I wanted to pay and a tiny one in St ....more

Tonsil Surgery Recovery

Sorry for the looong delay in posting anything recently! ...more

Uphill Both Ways

When I was a kid, my parents made me exit the car through the door, not an open window. Uphill both ways....more

What's Up Wednesday

Joining up with my gal Mel for What's up Wednesday today. So ... what is new with Team Skelley: What we are eating this week: The little girl is having some grandparent time this week and usually when that happens, we fix the favorite food of the kid who is here ....more

Learning About the Civil War: An Audio Production Review

We were recently given the opportunity to review the audio production With Lee in Virginia by ...more

We Were So Close to Ruining Her Life

Alexis started with the harassment super early in life. "I want a brother or sister." "When can I have a brother or sister?" "I neeeeeeeed a brother." "My life is a complete disaster because you have not delivered on that sister I requested several years ago." She may not have exactly said all of those things, but she came real close. It's going to be a few years before I tell Alexis about how those constant questions and demands cut straight to the core ....more

Gluten Free Ice Cream Cake {The Easy Way}

What happens when your Gluten Free Girl asks for your traditional Fourth of July ice cream cake you've been making for the past three years?...more

Cecil’s Hunter Hunted. Tough Consequences for his Family

All the outrage that this dentist from Minnesota has created with his despicable action is perfectly understandable. In this enlighten era it is just great to see how many people care about the meaning of life and the respect to all living things.I accept that people like this dentist must change for the good because it’s more than apparent that they don’t fit anymore in our society. But what about his family?...more