You Know It's Time to Stop Breastfeeding When...

I recently sailed past the 19 month mark of breastfeeding Declan, and did so with a sigh. I'm grateful for being able to nurse for so long, but the truth is that I'm ready to be done any time now. I started out with a six month goal, which turned to ...more

Ever Wonder How to Attract the Cool Moms?

We met at a park. We exchanged glances, checked each other out a little bit, moved closer to each other, exchanged some pleasantries and witty banter, and eventually our phone numbers. We began some casual texting, and later admitted to running quick ...more

Teaching a Special Needs Child to Read

"UP" points to the top of the stairs. "DOWN," of course, points down. I tape words and letters to walls and balls and stuffed rabbits and birds to help my son learn to read. "P" for patient is the one I should tape to my forehead.  ...more

Traveling via Air with an Infant Soon?

Vacation planning for couples or singletons usually means shopping for new attire, packing all essentials, planning trips or outings, and checking off items on their must-do lists at the holiday destination. Travel time during flight journeys or ...more

Day Cam Forms Are... Stupid

I just spent 40 minutes filling out forms for my kids to go to Day Camp. There are forms at school, at the doctor, at the dentist, at soccer, at gymnastics, and anywhere else you go. I find it hard to believe in today’s day and age that I still have ...more

My Son Was Born With a Bull’s-Eye on His Back: One Year After Trayvon Martin

In between Oscar Grant’s killing by a BART police officer in Oakland, California, and Trayvon Martin’s fatal shooting by a neighborhood watch captain in Sandford, Florida, something changed. I became a mother—a mother to a baby boy. Soon—not tomorrow, but soon—I will have to have The Talk about what others assume about him, about his life, about his intentions as he browses through a store or strides down the night’s sidewalk. ...more
NicoleBlades so painful.more

The Most Important Lesson I Taught My Daughters I Learned from Halle Berry

When I hear the name Halle Berry, I immediately think of three things: her gorgeous face, her adorable pixie cut, and her messy break-ups. She is often in the press for her impeccable red-carpet looks, her cosmetic company endorsements, and her roller coaster of a love life. However, when it comes to giving parenting advice, her name doesn't appear on any lists that I know of. Nevertheless, one of the most important lessons I ever taught my daughters is a lesson I learned from Miss Halle Berry herself. Funny thing is, I doubt that she even knows what a perfect example she is. ...more

My Brother Took a Walk and Never Returned

You never think it will happen to you, not your family. Even the most paranoid and anxiety ridden of us never truly believe reality could be this cruel. We hear the news stories, we see the families huddled together, broken and scared, desperately hanging onto their prayers. We glance at the posters briefly, if we stare too long the picture might become too real and force us to imagine the nightmare. But then somehow, out of nowhere, everything we once knew shatters as we're dragged into one of life's horror shows. ...more
I am so sorry for your family. I am hoping and praying for your family.more

Monday’s Random Ramblings – Our Cow on the Cruise Ship

Every Monday I free-write whatever comes to mind. I can’t promise you quality. I can’t promise you the feels ....more

Summer, it turns me upside down

Summer, summer, summer. It’s like a merry go round. See? ...more

a non-typical day

Living in a country other than your own has its challenges and its beautiful moments. I'm over at Petit Elefant sharing six things that could happen in any non-typical day in my world ....more

You've Sent Me a Friend Request

Ah, you've sent me a friend request. You want to be friends. I don't think the word friend means what you think it means ....more

Raksha Bandhan festival

Petition, aarti, assurance and mealsThe Celebration of Raksha BandhanRaksha Bandhan, tie the thread of sister-brother love routine. jpg.1. Connect the Rakhi.Raksha Bandhan, mark his temple habit. jpg.2. Desire, do Tilak, assurance.Raksha Bandhan, feed him with dessertssweetscookie routine. jpg.3. She feeds him with her hands.Raksha Bandhan, the hugs after the festive party. jpg.4. Squeezes and presents....more

from the cutting room floor

Nothing worse than cross-posting Instagram snaps into a blog post, right? Wrong.I think running with a popular hashtag (in this case #fromthecuttingroomfloor - the idea being that you pluck an old photo out that you never posted, give it wings, and let it see the light of the net) and making it a blog post theme probably trumps the sin factor of throwing grammage into a post.Why? Why the e-felony, Grace? ...more

Being a military wife : Top 10

I don't talk too much about being a 'milspouse' on here. The Coast Guard comes up often, because it's a huge part of our life, but it's usually "we're moving again" or...more

Keep Manhattan, Just Give me that Countryside

I need to start out by saying I've been a complete blogging slacker. ...more

Good Girl Kerosene – I’m Gonna Miss Her while we Party Like Cowboyz!

Do you realize that today is kind of a cool date divisible by 7? You know, 7-14-14. I’m going to have to think of clever ways to utilize the date just for fun ....more

The one where I make a plan to move to Colorado

I feel like we're still coming off the high we were on last week in Colorado. I feel so at home there which really makes no sense. I feel secure there and I feel safe ....more