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

Happy Valentine's Day!

I think this might be the last year that I can get the kids into Valentine-themed clothes so I took advantage of it. Little Kid was not quite a month in the photo on the left. On the right, the kids had a half day and Valentine's parties at school ....more

Palm Springs is for kids

I know Palm Springs has a reputation of being full of old people - but maybe that's our scene. This was my third trip to the desert, all with kids, and I couldn't love it more. The skies are perfectly blue every single day, the weather was phenomenal, and it's California! ...more

January 365 (give or take) (a month later)

I'm working my way through another year-long 365 photography project....more

Tales from a Converted Valentine’s Day Hater

I am a converted Valentine’s Day Hater. Most of my post-elementary school life I have despised this made up holiday. In middle school and high school, you could pay to send candy kisses to people ....more

When Toddlers See Themselves on Camera…

Look at these goofy, innocent little faces! (Not my face, don’t look at my face.) ...more

I Can’t.

This is my eight year old boy Bexon’s Valentine to Mommy. I can’t. I can’t even ....more

Sunday soul care

On this Valentine's Day, like every day, I am so grateful that I don't have to depend upon my own strength ....more

On Shaving And Valentines Day

I received a text from my friend the other day, I am going to let her remain anonymous. She asked me how the new sexuality series is going and told me how excited she was about the idea. “I’m really tired of people thinking that marriage is where sex goes to die” she wrote me ....more

The one where my life is teetering between light and darkness

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

Our beach house

Childhood, is were our stories begin, is the place we go to when we need comfort. We think childhood is about children, but really is something we carry inside for the rest of our lives, is what we talk about when we are adults while we are decorating our homes for Christmas, or what we talk about on road trips, is what makes us feel we belong somewhere, is the songs that makes us want to sing out loud, dance or even cry... Childhood are those scents that suddenly appear and take us back to a specific place and time... ....more