When Did Valentine’s Day Become a Kid Thing?

I sat in front of my computer, with my son standing to my right. We scrolled through Pinterest looking for Valentine’s Day printables. It was a few days before February 14, and word had gone out from the teachers at his school that valentine cards ...more

Confessions of a Reformed Pinterest Mom on Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine's Day, which means that somewhere out there thousands of moms are frantically searching Pinterest for the perfect Valentine’s Day inspiration. They are making glittery Valentine’s Day slime, creating Valentine’s Day robot craft ...more

9 Ways to Celebrate Leap Day

I'm always on a hunt for more time to spend with family, do the laundry, read a great book, sleep, and many of my friends feel the same way. Just last week I had a conversation with a friend about how we'd like 30-hour days -- with everyone else ...more

Should Childcare Providers Be the Experts in Everything?

With more and more states requiring childcare providers to fill roles they were never trained to fill, providers are struggling to provide a well-rounded set of child development services. As providers most of us never went to college for a degree in ...more

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Young Mom

Motherhood came to me a lot earlier than I ever thought it would. I became a mom two months after my 19th birthday. I don't usually like to volunteer that information. I like for people to assume that I'm pushing 30 when I go somewhere with my three ...more

Do I Have to Celebrate My Daughter's Feeding Tube?

February 7th to 13th is Feeding Tube Awareness Week. While I respect the Feeding Tube Awareness organization, especially its outreach to parents, I have mixed feelings about the awareness week. ...more
Amy I am not a tube dependant person but as a disabled person I  have met many people who use a  ...more

The Bra's Lament

I'm certain we didn’t start out like this. You were so excited. You liked my tiny rose in the middle, a minor decoration, but detail enough. A little embellishment to hide under your clothes. You liked that I was simple and comfortable. I liked your curves and of course, your taste. You took me home and unwrapped me from the fine tissue paper. Caressed me. We studied in the mirror together how we complemented each other. ...more
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My Kids Keep Asking For a Pet (Spoiler Alert: Nope.)

I have two boys, they are 9 and 11, and they have finally put their foot with insisting their need for a pet. They’ve begged, they’ve pleaded, they’ve promised me the moon and the stars if only I will get them a pet. The thing is, I have a strong dislike of animals. ...more
This is hilarious and the wisest approach yet to that whole pet discussion. I have 3 boys and ...more

The one where my life is teetering between light and darkness

Waking up hungry, no wait - famished - is never a good thing....more

Those are some sweet Valentines

Those are some sweet Valentines ...more

Love Yourself

Love yourself. Even when it’s hardest. Even when you look in the mirror and you see reasons not to ....more

Splendid Sampler Sew Along

I'm so excited I was lucky enough to be invited by Pat Sloan to take part in what promised to be an amazing project....more

Sunday Gratitude 2.14.16

If people want their souls to grow through loss, whatever the loss is, they must eventually decide to love even more deeply than they did before. ...more

Love Chapter

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How To Prepare To Spend A Few Hours Away From Your Breastfed Baby

Your first night out after a having a baby is always a little nerve-wracking, I don't think anything prepares you for that moment you leave your baby, safe in the care of someone else. You've carried round your little bundle for all those months and it's hard to anticipate the attachment that builds with all those lovely bonding hormones which flood your body after delivery....more

Sweethearts Day

Please let this post be a salient warning heads-up for any girls out there looking for some romance with a farmer… (that’d include all those Farmer Wants A Wife chickadees, lining up in that traditional matchmaking venture: reality telly!) Today is Valentines Day. I know this because various media outlets (and Facebook in particular) keeps reminding me. This is where my husband was on V Day 2016… In a lovely green paddock ....more

Happy Hiking and Happy Valentine's Day

Our Valentine's Day activity!This is all I am posting, but it was great to be in fresh air out in the sun with my love today! I set up my tripod for this one. That is Mt ....more

Chicago Play 'Lines in the Dust' Takes on Families and Residency Fraud in Public Schools.

It would be a disservice to relegate the play Lines in the Dust as a compulsory offering of social protest fiction and bandwagon outpour, seeking attention on entitlement that audiences passively care about its themes and subjects to indict structural racism in America. To applaud it on such terms demeans the work below its highest merit as an actor’s play; it simply uses race to occur....more