Refocus Your Kids This Holiday Season

Do you get frustrated with your kids over focus on stuff at Christmas? Having children deeply affected how I think about Christmas. During my son’s first Christmas, I realized that he was going to get a lot of stuff. He was the first grandkid on ...more

How Do You Raise Happy Kids?

I had an epiphany the other day. It was a terrifying moment of clarity that made my palms sweat and my heart race. Suddenly one of my long-term goals as a parent didn't seem so, well, long-term. One day, my kids are going to be adults. Crap. I ...more

I Accidentally Told My Kids About Santa

I'm a little off my game this week, so when, without fanfare, I announced that there is no Santa, I was not of right mind. I apologize to my children, my husband, and to elves everywhere. ...more

I Will NEVER Own a Mini Van! Oh, Wait...

I can’t count the number of times I said it: “I will never, EVER own a mini van.” ...more

Why We Aren't Going All Out This Christmas

I love being a mommy. It's really the most fulfilling job that I have had the pleasure to have. If I could, I would give her everything in the world.  ...more

My Neighbor's Decoration Are Ruining My Christmas

Dear Mouthy Housewives,One of my neighbors really loves Christmas. Like, really, really, really loves Christmas. ...more

Before You Complain About That Crying Baby On Your Plane, Think About This!

Traveling during the holidays is stressful enough. Throw a baby into the mix and it’s enough to push even the most skilled baby whisperer over the edge. There is no shortage of advice for people flying with their children: /center>...more

Can Santa Help You Quit Your Elf On The Shelf?

The elf on the shelf—it began easily enough: a flurry of imagination and excitement, visions of a new avenue to pave with fond family memories. And so year after year, this delightful little visitor would show up to make mirth, merriment and messes in my home during the busiest of seasons. His antics were great fun, and all of the labor that went into his amusing tableaus was absolutely worth the joy it brought. Eventually, it was less fun though....more

Five Favorite Books of 2014

I've read thirty books this year, almost exclusively on my phone. Let's break it down into my five favorites....more

A Great Way to Save Money When Expecting a Baby

Finding out you are pregnant is overwhelming – you are filled with mixed emotion, and excited and terrified probably top the list!  Could the main main reason you are terrified be because you looked up what a baby will cost you throughout your lifetime and said ‘wow’ that is a lot of money? That’s what happened to me!...more

Seven Bats a-squeaking Heckerty's 12 Days of Christmas

Heckerty's 12 Days of Christmas Day 7"On the 7th day of Christmas, Zanzibar gave me:Seven bats a-squeaking,Six cauldrons boiling,Five magic wands -Four hooting owls.Three blind mice,Two jumping frogs,And a sardine prepared for my tea."These “bats” are easy to make and can be customized for Christmas with glitter and red and green paint....more

A Strange Way to Refresh Yourself

We've been talking about generosity around here lately. The word generous means to give more than what is expected or required.I repeat: More than what is expected or required....more

The O-Antiphons Start Today!

December 17: Wisdom that comest out of the mouth of the Most High, that reachest from one end to another, and orderest all things mightily and sweetly, come to teach us the way of prudence!LatinO Sapientia, quæ ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiæ.December 17, the Church begins the seven Great "O" Antiphons of the liturgy, that date back to the seventh or eighth century. These antiphons are chanted or recited at Vespers, or Evening Prayer, the Antiphon before the Magnificat. They are also the Alleluia verse at the Mass ....more

{Today's Letters}

Dear Mr. Loerke, last week's backpacking trip left you with 22 more mile notches in your Appalachian Trail belt. So proud of you! ...more

Homemade Cinnamon Coffee Scrub

Coffee. It helps you wake up in the morning, gives you a spark of energy. Did you know that your skin absorbs caffeine in addition to your stomach? ...more

My Neighbor's Decoration Are Ruining My Christmas

Dear Mouthy Housewives,One of my neighbors really loves Christmas. Like, really, really, really loves Christmas. ...more

Before You Complain About That Crying Baby On Your Plane, Think About This!

Traveling during the holidays is stressful enough. Throw a baby into the mix and it’s enough to push even the most skilled baby whisperer over the edge. There is no shortage of advice for people flying with their children: /center>...more

Christmas Trees and Traditions

The Christmas trees in Alaska aren't going to be what you expect. Well, the ones you cut down yourself anyway.  I had been bugging Kyle since before I shared his last name to cut down a tree and he never agreed, until now! In Alaska, you don't go to a tree farm to cut down your own tree, you consult a map for authorized areas. (I really think that is the only reason Kyle agreed.) Anyway, the day had finally arrived! We decked the baby out in her winter threads and out the door we went!   ...more