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

If You See My Teen Doing Any of These Things -- Tell Me!

These days of parenting are different, aren't they? We're on a hair-raising new frontier of child-raising that grows more technologically complicated and confounding with every new iteration of "iDevice," social media platform, and social sharing ...more

8 Ways For Parents to Survive Youth Sports

I fondly remember vacations from youth sports, that precious week or two between the end of one season and the beginning of another. I power-walked at the local field without suffering a concussion from random fly balls. I shopped for groceries ...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 staying at 24-hours. Only then, we might feel like we really had a chance to get caught up. ...more

What I've Learned From My Brother's Suicide

Being the oldest child gave me a few privileges growing up. One that I remember clearly was being able to stay up later than my brother. It was probably only 15 to 20 minutes later, but being eight or nine years old at the time, it seemed like I was up until midnight! ...more
I lost my brother the same way and I can't say the words yet. I hope we can be of help to each ...more

Learning How to Say No

I think one of the hardest parts of life is saying no. If you are a parent, you might be constantly saying no to your children. It starts to get easier. However, when it comes to helping and volunteering for things, I have a very hard time saying no to people and commitments. Perhaps it's the mother in me. Moms are very giving people who are willing to sacrifice their own time and energy for others. ...more

Fat Tuesday Charity Auction with Zelie & Co.

Those of you who've known me for a long time have already heard this part of the story but Imma roll with it anyway- my mom was 17 when I was born....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 staying at 24-hours. Only then, we might feel like we really had a chance to get caught up. ...more

Reader question: Help for Romance Challenged Wives

Okay, ladies, if you’re stuck, wondering how to be romantic–or if you don’t feel the need to be romantic at all, since that’s the man’s job–I’ve got some words for you today! Every Monday I like to take a reader question and tackle it, and today’s is from a man who is married to a romance-challenged woman. He writes: We’ve been married for a decade, but my wife makes it seem like romance and sex are always chores ....more

How to Make Spiral Friendship Bracelets

Friendship bracelets are fun to make, to give, and to receive! This spiral friendship bracelet is the perfect beginner project because it is quick and easy to make by using the same knotting technique over and over. My kids and I made several of these in so many different color combinations ....more

Big Broadway Quiz: Wednesday Night by Ree

I’m a sucker for Broadway musicals! So this week’s quiz is all about some of the favorites from Broadway over the past several decades. This will be a fun one ....more

Ship Wrecked

Last Saturday night I went out to celebrate the not-40th birthday of one of my best friends. (I am lucky enough to have several.) Her husband thought it was her 40th and planned a beautiful dinner at The Bay House, which is the best restaurant in our very restaurant-worthy city, in my opinion.It was not actually her 40th, so we celebrated her 39th and used this as a dress rehearsal for the real thing.Her husband is Andy Hunter, executive chef of The Bay House, and this is the only, and I mean the only, place I like seafood or will try anything adventurous. I even eat oysters ....more

24 Marvelous Mugs by Ree

I’m a sucker for mix-and-match patterns. If you have seen my line of dinnerware and kitchen accessories, this is very obvious! So today, because I love mugs, because it’s Monday, and because I love ya, I’m giving away three (3) sets of 24 mugs from The Pioneer Woman Collection ....more

Thrifty Style Series: Mom Jeans

Before I get started, I wanted to mention that at 1 p.m. today, I will have an endoscopy under sedation due to a recent IBS diagnosis and some ongoing issues. I have spent many years being the Medical Procedure Caretaker for Sarah but today, she will return the favor....more

Free Printable Seuss Super Reader Certificate Kit

One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is the love of reading, and with these Free Printable Seuss Super Reader Certificate Kit you can foster this talent in a fun and positive style kids will love. See also: 90 Popular Accelerated Reader Books, Early Reading Book List for Elementary School Children, Summer Reading Book Report Free Printables Free Printable Seuss Super Reader Certificate Kit The more things that you read, the more things that you know! Every week that your kids fill out their reading log, they get one star punched on their punch card ....more

30 Picture Books for Black History Month

First, let’s get something obvious out of the way. Black history is American history. It shouldn’t be relegated to one month out of the year ....more