Remarrying and Blending Families After Divorce

The early days of the "blended family" projectSunday morning Benjamin came padding into my room -- make that "our" room -- around 7. "Mom," he said. "I was looking out my window and I saw a ... wait, what are those birds that are all red?"My brain ...more

The One Nosy Question That Can Send a First-Time Mother Reeling

When are you going to have another baby? I get this question quite often lately from everyone from co-workers to family members and even the check-out lady at Target. It's just small talk, and I understand that completely. It's one of those ...more

What Do I Tell My Daughter About Sandra Bland?

To my Little Magician: We’ll read this together when you’re old enough to understand. Motherhood has been an incredible adventure, but I have always been haunted by the guilt of bringing you into this world -- a world that has not been very kind ...more

Summertime, and the Kitchen Is Easy (Or It Will Be With These Dinner Tips)

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I'm too lazy to cook dinner for my family this summer, plus it's too hot. Any ideas? Signed, Kitchen Is Closed  ...more

After Devastation and Loss, My Rainbow Baby Is Here

Dear Ruby, If you would have told me a year ago that I would go a day without crying, I wouldn’t have believed you. If you would have told me a year ago that I would laugh without guilt, I wouldn’t have believed you. If you would have told ...more

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

Is Blood Thicker Than Water?

"It's true love," my ex-husband said about his new girlfriend. Of course, he had spoken the same words to me. And for decades, I arranged my entire existence and created our family around that pronouncement. I also trusted my brother-in-law when he pledged a similar allegiance to me. When I first met my husband, I was surprised that he and his younger brother Jonah were more like casual acquaintances. Their parents had died years earlier and I had supposed that they would be tight, but that wasn't the case. ...more

The Baby Milestones That Matter Most

The day those two pink lines appeared, I felt the world stop moving. It was a wave of joy, fear, and squealing family phone calls. My brain was buzzing, and a giddy smile lingered across my mouth. I could hardly wait until my husband got home. He eventually walked through the door, exhausted after a 14-hour shift. The news exploded out of me. ...more

Updates For Everyone

Millie Update: Millie is 6 days away from turning half a year old…and I’m just now getting around to posting about her five month update....more

A.J. gets her ears pierced!

Getting caught up post #2. ...more



Lego Fair and two sweet teas

While we've done a lot of traveling this summer, and the boys spent time at various day camps (some more than others,) Little Elvis still found time to submit a Lego...more

Soap Cloud Painting - Pop! Squirt! Splash! Book Launch

This sensory experience was a hit with all of my kids - from the 2 year old all the way up to my 9-year-old. I love it because it only requires a few simple ingredients that I already had in the house and it kept them all busy for almost an hour! Even preparing the activity is exciting and engaging for the kids.This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.This Soap Cloud Painting activity is part of the new book Pop! ...more

When I Realized That I Am OK With My Kids Growing Up

In the blink of an eye your kids grow up. This was said to me over and over and over AND OVER again from the moment it was obvious that I was pregnant with Pants. Friends, family, strangers, open letters on the internet - they all ...more


In the past few years, I've had the pleasure of surrounding myself with incredibly talented and creative bloggers that have inspired me to try new things and achieve some new goals. One of those life bucket-list goals is a brand new book that I had the honor of writing with 12 other kid bloggers. POP! ...more

Hello August

Oh my goodness. It’s August already. Next month is the best month of the year!!! ...more

Bedtime Delays and Fancy Pajamas

Helping with dishes is suddenly helpful around here. Not just playing with the water and soap and not cleaning anything. Now she washes the dishes and scrubs the sink and gets to stay up late for it ....more


Today I am 34 years old....more