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 of Gathering with Family and Friends

In this fast pace electronic age sometimes you just have stopand take time out for old fashion fun.When was the last time you gathered with family and friends to do nothing but have fun!...more

Saturday Sip and Shop: Champagne and Love

Sip: viaI love this cute champagne cocktail guide! If I were partaking in some champagne this Valentines Day, I'd definitely go with the Kir Royale. Champagne and creme de cassis, YUM! ...more

I Took My Last Family Vacation for Granted

The last vacation I took with my parents and sister was to Puerto Rico in July 1996. I just graduated from NYU, newly dating my later-to-be husband. My sister was madly in love with her then boyfriend and played Nothing Else Matters by Metallica on loop the whole time. My parents, still two years shy of their quarter-century divorce, met some fellow Russians vacationers and got drunk. My sister and I moped around like teenagers, missing our boyfriends, and avoiding our parents....more

How does the Subaru Legacy Measure Up?

I’ve been writing about my experience driving the Subaru Legacy for a week, and this is the last post in the series. If you missed the other two, you can check them out here and here...more

This Valentine’s Day, Pledge to Love Your Vows

Thoughts of Valentine’s Day fills our heads with images of frilly pink hearts, chocolate covered strawberries, fluffy teddy bears, and of course, the cute bottomed cupid aiming his bow and arrow at a man and woman...more

VTech VM343 Baby Monitor Review

Stephanie Oswald I am in LOVE with this video monitor. So much that we have even included it in our Autism Wandering and Elopement Kit for Families. It has provided a solution to a major problem for our family and has given me incredible peace of mind ....more

Gift Love Away :: Date Night OUT

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Road Trips with Young Children, Electronics Free

As parents we sometimes dread the long road trip with young children. The constant questioning “Are we there yet?”, the backseat bickering “He’s touching me!”, and long hours of boredom. We’re tempted to just stick an electronic tablet or game console in their faces or play DVDs over and over again to appease them. Here are some simple ideas to make the road trip more relaxing, fun, and electronics free.Rotate their seating often...more

Tablet talent

Within a half hour, the teen had figured out the drawing tablet. And rather than start with something simple, she finds a portrait of Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd and sets to very tedious and detailed work. If ever I need an example of self motivation, she is it ....more

Because that is the deal

The sleepless nights come with the new baby. It’s part of this particular terrain. The sleepless nights are tough, I know....more