My Family Doesn't Need a Perfect Holiday

As usual, I went into the holidays with Pinterest inspired dreams. I dreamed of a perfectly decorated tree and a house that Southern Living could do a feature on. Of course this was completely unrealistic for many reasons. ...more

Don't Have Kids If You Want to Be Happy

If you want to be happy, you shouldn’t have kids. That’s a fact. Or at least, Time magazine and the sociologists who conducted this study so. Parents get less sleep, have less money, and less independence. Parents have more stress, more marital ...more

No Chimney? Leave Santa a Magic Key!

No chimney? No problem! Ease those curious minds by leaving a magical key on the front door so Santa can let himself in on Christmas Eve. ...more

20 Real (and Gross) Things You Need to Know About Pregnancy

I will preface this tale with a small disclaimer: If you had an easy pregnancy, you are one lucky bitch.This is not normal. Should you feel compelled to discount the torturous experiences that many of us have had, please save it for the baby book. ...more

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

10 Tips for Newly Single Moms

“Sit down and breathe deeply” is what I told myself six years ago, after I heard the voicemail between my ex and her business partner that clearly was not business. All I could hear were the birds chirping outside my window as my body started to go numb. I heard enough to know this was bad news for me, for us. ...more

How To Teach Your Kids About Charitable Giving

Much earlier this year, an old and dear friend, SJ, gave each of my boys a Moonjar. It’s a three-part bank with dedicated compartments for saving, spending and sharing. ...more

How To Use Solstice As A Parent To Practice Forgiveness

New year’s resolutions are great. There’s a natural momentum to a new year that packs the gym and inspires us to make our beds or refrain from watching reality TV. However, the time before the new year—namely, the Solstice—is also a powerful, sacred time. The Solstice, December 21st, when we shift from the darkest part of the year back into the ever-increasing light, is a perfect time to clear the old to make room for the new. ...more
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Depression and the Autism Parent

I'm at Starbucks typing this blog post at the insistence of my husband, who saw a dark cloud settling over me and knew I needed some time alone. For most of this year, I've had a decently positive attitude about my son's autism diagnosis....more

Depression and the Autism Parent

I'm at Starbucks typing this blog post at the insistence of my husband, who saw a dark cloud settling over me and knew I needed some time alone. For most of this year, I've had a decently positive attitude about my son's autism diagnosis....more

Fall or Summer?

I found some photos from last month that I forgot to post. With the strange weather around here it's hard to figure out when summer has ended and when fall has started. It's warm enough to run around in the sprinklers, but leaves are falling all over the ground ....more

The (al)most wonderful time of the year

**I wrote this Thursday night with a broken heart. Filled with guilt and loathing for myself and the place my heart has stood this entire season. I didn't edit a single thing, so if it's a ramble, it's going to be a ramble ....more

Friday Night Leftovers- Again

•I cannot believe Christmas is so close. I know that’s a cliche but really. •I have been staying up late after the kids go to bed to do things like write Christmas letters, assemble Christmas cards, pack up out of state presents, etc ....more

What Scarlett Wore: Featuring HEN & CO. (+Giveaway)

I just love dressing Scarlett in holiday attire especially unique designs. We love to support small shops and HEN & CO is no exception!...more

Clean Up With This Erlenmeyer Flask Soap Dispenser

This post contains affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure Policy for more details. As have I mentioned before, we have a science laboratory bathroom theme going on at our house ....more

A Christmas DIY Round-up!

The last few months have been filled with things like… moving. Just moving, actually. Oh and a 20th anniversary trip to Hawaii with my beloved… Hitherhencetofore, very little of my time has been spent creating fun holiday things ....more

Free Printables: Holiday Gift Tags

Can you believe it!? It’s almost time friends—and I'm sure you didn't need me to remind you or anything! If you’re at all like me and a bit behind on the whole gift wrapping front, then this post is for you ....more

Our Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree this year has been very much influenced by the nature around us. Looking out the window, we’re surrounding by trees, streams, mountains, and the ocean. Our home is a blank slate, and while I love its’ minimalist feel, I definitely wanted to add a bit of warmth and naturalness to our faux Christmas tree ....more