New Ideas for Your Elf on the Shelf!

Thanksgiving is almost here! That means a few things in our household: 1. Delicious, delicious foods will be enjoyed 2. Browsing through Black Friday ads and the start of Christmas shopping 3. Reese, our Elf on the Shelf, is returning!!! ...more

No Gifts?!

Here’s a brain teaser: A girl receives an invitation to a birthday party. The invitation specifically states “no gifts, please”. Should the girl:a) run out and buy the perfect gift for the birthday girl; she’s no Scrooge  b) show up at the party ...more

My Daughter Is Walking Her Own Path

While my eyes catch the bubbly, outgoing gals enjoying their friends in the school pick up line, my 7th grade daughter is standing off to the side, alone. She is a total introvert. In many ways, her anti-social behavior breaks my heart because ...more

Work at Home? Check Out These Tips!

I didn't choose to become a work-a-home mom almost 10 years ago, but it's turned out to function as a great fit for our family. I've had readers ask me how I manage to do it all and make time for my family. The ugly truth is: I don’t do it all. You ...more

No Boys in the Pink Aisles!

We went in the forbidden pink aisles. I managed to snag the family car and escape, with both boys, to Target. We wandered the aisles with a strict list and stopped only to ooh and aah over every Christmas Tree. We sang carols and walked through ...more

Facebook Is Destroying Christmas for Me

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I am so sick of reading posts on Facebook like, "I've already finished my Christmas shopping! Gifts are all wrapped, too!" It's not even DECEMBER yet. What's with all the bragging about getting the holiday crap done before Thanksgiving is even over? I know Facebook is all about self-promotion, but this feels like too much. I would leave FB once and for all, but I like to stay in touch with friends and family. Any advice on not letting the eager beavers get me down? Signed,Shove It, Showoffs ...more

The Day My Blog Ruined My Life

Okay, maybe it didn't ruin my life, but my misuse of social media threw me into a terrible controversy at my kids' school. Today's post is about irony. Well, irony and how I messed up my life and the lives of a few others. And how I'm sorry. So very, very sorry. I sit here thinking, analyzing and obsessing about the events that transpired a week ago and set in motion an unbelievable shit storm. As some of you know, I'm a health and development educator for adolescent girls. In fact, I have a whole presentation on cyber-safety and how girls should always be very careful about what they post online. But right now, I'm sitting here, stewing in my own shame. I imagine I'm feeling much like the 15-year-old girl who insisted she knew what she was doing when she texted her boyfriend a boob-shot that went viral. She intended it to be only for his eyes. ...more
So sorry you're going through this. It's never easy when our writing is reviewed with a ...more

What Story Are You Reading To Your Child?

Stories surround us every single day. Humans have been telling them since we first put smashed berry juice to cave walls. The stories we tell aren't confined to firesides or a lone writer with pen and paper in hand. They never have been. They swirl around us, so many times too fast properly hear. One swirls within us, narrating our thoughts and emotions, telling the passage of our life. “After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ―Philip Pullman ...more
Wow, excellent article!  Thank you so much!  I've often thought the same things but have never ...more

recounting his deeds

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and in the spirit of thankfulness I will tell you this: We have plenty for which to be thankful. In a year of excruciating waiting and uncertainty, the fact that God is with us, has a plan for us, has a plan for Sweet C, and has given us everything we need to fulfill our purpose for him is not lost on me. I acknowledge and am thankful that "from him and through him and to him are all things ....more

Facebook Is Destroying Christmas for Me

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I am so sick of reading posts on Facebook like, "I've already finished my Christmas shopping! Gifts are all wrapped, too!" It's not even DECEMBER yet. What's with all the bragging about getting the holiday crap done before Thanksgiving is even over? I know Facebook is all about self-promotion, but this feels like too much. I would leave FB once and for all, but I like to stay in touch with friends and family. Any advice on not letting the eager beavers get me down? Signed,Shove It, Showoffs ...more

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Gigantor Arm, Gorgeous Face

Mom, did you see this picture. It is so weird. My arm looks huge.Oh, I'm sure it's not - holy cow! ...more

Welcome Ella Jane

My new niece couldn't be more precious!!...more

And it begins . . .

Talk about a perfect storm. We were already planning to stay put for the Thanksgiving holiday this year. And now -- regardless -- we’re looking at snow between six and ten inches ....more

being grateful

I came here today with a million post ideas on my mind... I knew I wanted to write something, because I sorta missed yesterday, and no one will most likey be reading tomorrow, so I figured today would be the day to get it all out there, and leave that lasting impression. But then I sat down, and my mind went blank....more

Thanksgiving Breakfast

I know, you’ve got to save room for all of the food that will be placed in front of you the rest of the day, but this adorable cinnamon roll turkey just has to show up on your breakfast table! And it looks pretty easy too – I’ll let you know after I try tomorrow morning! Click here for the recipe ....more

Thankful.

We're close to finishing up what has been the most humbling, stretching year of our lives. It involved what felt like constant upheaval and near-constant struggle. But, by God's grace alone, we have come through stronger as a family and in our faith ....more

Hero Worship

So today I talked to my hero on the phone for the first time. It was heady, heady stuff. Let me back up, because this post already sounds breathless and uncomfortably fan-girl-ish.* As my.. ....more

9 month bump update

In case you missed it, we celebrated the beginning of my final month of pregnancy by buying a mom mobile. We haven’t even owned it a week, but it’s already making life simpler....more