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

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

I get it

I get it, Momma. I totally get it. Every day you wake up and try your very best ....more

Faith, Prayer and a little bit of Funny.

Wow! You guys! Prayer and faith are real! ...more

We’ll Try Again Today! by Ree

This was my attempt at a family vacation photo yesterday after we arrived in Colorado. The two middle children had been goading each other, and right before I snapped it, Paige had decided to take the high road and ignore Bryce, who, as you can see, was still trying with all his might to drive her crazy while she sat there and smiled through the pain. Todd, meanwhile, wanted ice cream and was trying to corral his older brother so he could get the mint chocolate chip show on the road ....more

Snapchat Made Me Buy It.

As I looked around my kitchen last night, I couldn't help but notice a horde of things I had purchased because of seeing others use them and/or rave about them on Snapchat. I'm relatively new to Snapchat in so much as I've only been "snapping" for a couple of months or so (and still have no idea what I'm doing) but that hasn't kept me from making a mental list of things I wanted to buy, try, eat and wear thanks to some other savvy snappers....more

For the Days When You Hate Yourself as a Mother

I had one of those days yesterday. A day when I was...more

Friday Five

Good morning my friends! This has been a busy and long week, and I'm so glad we have a three day weekend ahead of us! I'm hoping to squeeze a nap in at some point ....more

38 Is Great (But 40 Will Be Better)

I distinctly remember conversations with one of my “regulars” at the college bar I tended (I’ll call him Bill), and his words have remained with me throughout the years. I was twenty-one at the time and recall alumni coming into the bar for homecoming weekend, a weekend consisting of college friends partying from Friday through […] The post 38 Is Great (But 40 Will Be Better) appeared first on lo-wren ....more

melt your heart and crayons to make some valentine gifts

This year’s melted crayon art turned out pretty well. The kids loved them and I am totally used to the smell of broiled crayons in my house. It’s like smelling a bad candle for a bit but then you get to oooh and ahhh over your creativity ....more

a letter to Rory on her 6th birthday.

Dear Rory, Just writing the introduction came with painful, but happy, prickling tears to my eyes. I cannot believe another year has gone by and that you are now 6. I don’t know why 6 seems so much bigger but it just does ....more

The Truth in a Mirror