How Much Do Braces Really Cost? I'll Tell You.

When the twins were six, we started talking about whether or not they'd need braces. It was an interesting topic for me, because I've never had them. I was excited. By the time they were nine, we knew the direction we were headed in, so I called a ...more

We Bought the Farm: We Made Our Dreams Come True

"If you were to examine our finances, peek at our credit and plan things out it’s really quite unattainable.  On the other hand, Handsome Hippie Hubby and I have never put much stock in the words “that’s just not realistic.”  Things that ...more

Spring Cleaning Your Life

When it comes to matters of money, it’s easy to let your financial issues collect dust. You’re likely skip out on cleaning what you can’t see. Are you apt to toss bills you can’t pay in a junk drawer so that they pile up over time? Do you have a bad ...more

The Secret to Embracing Overwhelm

Birthdays are the perfect time for thought. I turned 34 on Saturday. No trumpets. No fancy cake. Just a lot of reflection. ...more

My Name Is "Jennifer." All Eight Letters, Please.

“Do you go by Jennifer or Jen?” asked a fellow blogger also named Jennifer. I felt immediate relief and kinship with this woman I had just met. After all, only another Jennifer would understand how loaded and important this simple question could ...more

6 Gifts Every College Graduate Needs

Not sure what to get your college graduate? Here are six practical gift ideas to help get the college graduate in your life set up for life beyond the ivory tower. Money Credit: Carolyn Tiry...more
Great ideas! I especially like the premium LinkedIn idea.more

World Book Night 2014: Giving Away the Book That Shaped Me Most

I was in high school when I fell in love with my favorite book, Catch-22. People often give me the side-eye when I tell them that's my favorite, followed closely by Flowers for Algernon, but that's probably because they read books with plots that don't pull up rock of life and show you the dead leaves underneath. I like to study the rotting leaves and then remind myself to look up and see the magnolia blossoms before it's too late....more

We're Adults, So Stop Bullying Me Online!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,A woman I've known online for years has recently started bullying me. She leaves fairly nasty comments on all of my Facebook and Twitter updates. She's not overtly mean, but she says things in a passive-aggressive way, like: "I remember when those pants were in style! Good for you for bringing them back!" when I post a selfie. I'm a little scared of her, to be honest, because she has no filter and is maybe not altogether sane. How can I distance myself from her without her noticing?Signed,Am I in Junior High Again?!...more
Cyber bullying happened to my client and because it was about the last election, she had to put ...more

4 Steps to Up Your Productivity Game + Worksheet

Ever have one of those moments…You’re staring at your computer, ready to start typing, but not exactly sure what you should be doing?You’re posed and ready with your fingers at the keyboard waiting for inspiration to hit.What pops into your mind when you plop down to start a project?Do you spend massive amounts of time figuring out where or how to start?...more

Attachment disorder in adoption--and parents who don't recognize it

Jane John Brooks has a message for those who have adopted or are thinking of adopting an older child or a child from another country. It is NOT like adopting a pet. A child--any child--but especially those who have been traumatized need love and acceptance, not harshness and punishment.The Girl Behind the Door...more


So I got the itch again.The wantThe feeling of wanting to discover and thrive.To liveand not be stationary.To see far away things and experience different people.I want a difference, I want a change.I want my life to have substance and flow.I want my heart to sing and my load to be light....more


It's amazing how supporters and haters come out of the wood work when you start a new venture. Strangers may embrace you more than loved ones. The word "Hater" gets thrown around a lot and yes, in some instances it is not warranted. Some need not apply. However you may be a Hater if:...more

The early bird catches hell. It's not that I want him to go hungry. Well. Maybe a little.

This morning, Ella and I were awake at 5:13am.Neither of us was very happy about it.She appears to be going through a growth spurt which leaves her feeling peckish in the early morning hours - hours that she is usually (blissfully) asleep. But for the past few mornings, Sam has been making more noise than usual getting ready for work, and it's been waking her up, and reminding her that she would like to eat sooner rather than later.I would like to stuff in some earplugs and continue with regularly scheduled programming - namely, those last two hours of sleep I planned on - but that is not possible. Ella is up, and she slurps loudly on her fist while fussing, politely signaling that breakfast time is nigh ....more

Vacation for Your Pet

Now that summer is right around the corner, daydreams of a a relaxing, maybe tropical, vacation start to enter our minds.  But for those who have pets, the thought of leaving our beloved four-legged friends in a kennel or in the care of a stranger is not something we look forward to....more

Three Month Mark

This coming weekend, I have lived in Los Angeles for three months. ...more

Close Your Eyes and I'll Kiss You

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Maternity Style - Uche Jombo in Colorful Print Dress

Uche Jombo preferred not to show off her baby bump when she attended an event this evening wearing this colorful knee-length print dress. You Go Uche! ...more

Getting ready for Finals and other things

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