It's Official: I'm Vocally Fried

Recently I read Ann Friedman’s salty piece in New York Magazine on "vocal fry," a way of talking in which you draw out the end of sentences or words with a low, raspy, creaky sound that comes from the back of throat. Like "upspeak" and "valley girl speak," vocal fry is a speech pattern or vocal tic -- apparently unique to women -- that seems to make the person using it (i.e., the young woman) sound immature, dumb, small, and not confident. ...more

My Child Is Loving Sleep Away Camp But I'm Miserable Without Her

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My daughter left for sleep away camp a week and a half ago, and I am nauseous. I am just so sad. I feel like a part of me is missing. And I am paying for this experience! ...more
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7 Parenting Lessons I Learned From Watching 'Inside Out'

Pixar's newest offering, Inside Out, is pretty darned amazing for the way it suits all ages, offering not just fun, but food for thought. While the audience is privileged to see what's going on in the head of the main character -- an 11-year-old girl named Riley -- her animated parents are not so lucky. They have no idea that Riley is in deep, deep trouble, tumbling head over heels into a bottomless pit of loneliness and indifference. ...more
Sally White Moving sucks period, and especially with little ones. Local parks are a great ...more

If you're happy and you know it, tell your Mom

There are certain questions that I ask my son frequently:...more

Ain't nobody got time for that: gettin' real with tweens and chores

"Make it fun for them", they said. "Make it age appropriate", they said. "Make a cute chart for them to follow", they said. "Pay them for doing the work", they said. "Shut up", I say to them, because I have tried all of what "they" said and it didn't work. C'mon, you've seen all of the pretty Pinterest tutorials on how to make a chore chart with age appropriate chores, giving a sticker for each chore completed. Just go to Pinterest and search for "chore charts" and see what you get....more

Four DIY Locker Designs: Cool and Unique Locker Decorations for around $30

Looking for locker inspiration? No one wants to willingly look at gray, gray and more gray all year.  Nor do you want to have the same prepackaged locker theme as everyone else.  We've put together four cool and unique DIY Locker designs from a Movie Theme a Beach Theme, Minecraft Theme and a super Glam Theme locker just for our friends at My Friends Told Me To.   Check out these easy and inexpensive themes you can create with very little effort and we guarantee yours will be one of a kind. We've found all the materials for you so put your creative spin on and DIY one these cool locker designs this year.MOVIE THEME Are you a dramatic person, star in every school performance, then let your locker reflect that.  Here is a great DIY option for a movie theme locker in five easy steps....more

Advice for Sorority Rush

It's that time of year again- last year I wrote a post about Ole Miss rush, and this year I am writing some words of advice for girls goi...more

Back to School Adjustments

Twelve Days of Summer with my Twelve-Year-Old: DAY TWELVE

 On the twelfth day of Summer(mas), my middle schooler gave to me: twelve plushies thrumming——————...more

Why Parenting a Teenager is Something to Look Forward to (Not Dread!)

 A couple weeks ago, I posted "8 Things Moms of Young Daughters Have to Look Forward To (Really!) on my blog. It's been such a privilege to hear from several moms of girls who said my little list encouraged them not to dread the teen years quite so much....more

Middle School and the Late-Night Teepee Attack

I woke up this morning, on a peaceful Saturday at 6am, only to look out the window and see toilet paper all over the front yard and my car, in the exhaust pipes, over the trees and in the sticky bush.  My kids are both now in middle school - a 13-year old boy and 11-year old girl.  Ah, the wonder years of late-night teepee attacks.  I want to be upset, but I'm really too tired.  ...more

DIY Locker Decorations: Cool Ways to Decorate Your Locker

Next to your clothes, hair and bookbag, your locker speaks volumes about you, your personality, and most importantly your style (or lack thereof).  Is your locker plain, boring, blah?   What do you think that says about you?...more

12 Things I've Learned in 12 Years as a Parent

This month marks my “Mamaversary”, the anniversary of when I became a mom. My son turns 12 and I can’t help but look back in wonder at the last dozen years of parenting and reminisce about all that I’ve learned.Nor can I refuse the urge to share with you all that I’ve learned. Here are my words of wisdom, the 12 Things I’ve Learned in 12 Years as a Parent:...more