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

Pregnancy After the Heartbreak of Miscarriage

For 16 long months I waited to get pregnant. I took my temperature every morning. I took all the ovulation tests. I tracked my symptoms. I took pregnancies tests. I got my hopes up. And for 16 long months I was disappointed. My heart was broken. Of ...more

How Can We Do Better By Our Autistic Girls?

Autism is different for girls, and not only because fewer girls than boys get autism diagnoses. Autistic women and girls not only tend to have different traits than autistic boys do, but are also socialized differently -- leading to many of those ...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

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

5 Things I Wish I Could Do When My Toddler Starts Screaming

Impulse control. Four-year-olds don’t have a lot of it. Thankfully, 40-year-olds do (or at least we should). ...more
Thanks for sharing your experience and insights Mandy. My babies are still young to do that kind ...more

Regrowing Food from Scraps in Water in Your Own Kitchen

Who hates spending money on produce???Me.Well, everyone, I assume.Food is expensive, but there are ways to cut your grocery budget. Regrowing produce in water is one of the easiest ways to do it.Really, all you need are some clean glass jars, maybe some glass marbles for the bottom of the jar, water, and a nice spot in your kitchen that gets at least partial sunlight. That's it! ...more

3 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Partner During Busy Times

Staying connected with your partner is a task that requires constant effort even in the least stressful times. But here we are, just off of the holidays, and in recovery mode before Valentine’s day and winter break for school-aged children. Between getting back into our normal schedules, working on our personal resolutions, getting kids back.. ....more

Why I Let My Kids Dress Themselves

​"Wow, don't you look...fancy...?" a shopper tells a little girl wearing a bajillion Mardi Gras beadstangled up in her hair and a tattered tutu while walking through Target....more

Things I want to remember about reading "The Magician's Nephew" with Lucy:

We just finished this book: And I want to remember how it felt. How it felt to have her body curled up at my side.How she seemed compelled to comment on every little thing that happened trying to link it back or questioning why such-and-such would happen in that particular way...and the mini discussions her pondering led to.And most importantly when she she just knew the lion in the story would turn out to be Aslan himself.Each time he was mentioned she would lift her head up and look at me all wide-eyed and gleeful (see her face in that first picture? ...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

Simple NO BAKE Cookie Nookie Energy Balls

Stephanie Oswald Ya’ll these No Bake Energy Balls are my latest addiction! They are relatively simple to make and taste delicious. With my youngest child we have struggled a lot with breast feeding ....more

How You Can Tell if You Are Close to Your Teenage Daughter

It was the $64,000 question, or in our case, the $127.00 question.  After an hour of primping, of tedious makeup application and careful color consideration, it was time to pay for all the fun. I expected the tally. After all, my daughter and I completely bought into the subtle sales pitch: “If you only buy one thing today, it must be the concealer; it’s the best on the market. Well, then there’s the all-in-one foundation. People come back time and again just for the foundation....more

Our Lady of Lourdes

I always loved that story and I have told my kids and my husband, if it ever gets to the point that I require extraordinary medical procedures to stay alive- I'd rather take a trip to France and see Lourdes!! Even if I don't get a cure at least I'll have made one last pilgrimage to a place I've always imagined! But here's the next best thing -...more

Boy Moms Are Da Bomb

Ladies: are you ...- Super-sensitive to the smell of urine?- Fabulous at choosing durable items?- Unfazed by leaping and tackling?- Well-versed in fart jokes?- Constantly saying, "Stop pulling on your penis!" and variations thereof?Well then! If this is you ... you might be a boy mom.To those who aren't, the condition sounds hideous ....more

A little frustration, but all is still good

Audrey's surgery went very well. Her left knee took a lot longer than excpected, so her total time in surgery was 5 hours. Her ABR results show her hearing to be pefect, as we suspected.There have been a couple of frustrations with this prococess ....more