My Family Thinks I'm in a Hotel. I'm Homeless.

Homelessness is all around us, and often many of us choose to overlook it, ignore it, and blame the homeless person for being in this situation. We say they are not responsible, they drink, they do drugs—it is their own problem. I am writing this to share my personal experience as a homeless woman....more
There are some shelters now allowing pets and as a volunteer with the homeless, we are working ...more

What if You Can't Unplug? Being Productive While Still Checking Social Media

In a few weeks, my kids will return to school and I will get back to work.  Sure, I've been working all summer, but at a much lighter load.  In the fall, things will pick up again, and I will have to find the discipline to tear myself away from email, social media accounts, and blogs for a few hours a day lest I get nothing accomplished. Do me a favour and help me by not posting so many good thoughts online that I can't help reading.  Re-entry is always rough. ...more
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Is FMLA Enough? Or Do Fathers Need Paid Leave?

We know that FMLA provides unpaid leave to parents within the first year of the child’s birth. But what about the families in which the father’s income is essential to the household’s economic stability? ...more
My husband got 8 weeks of paid paternity leave when our son was born. It was fantastic.more

Me Being Me, My Frugal Self

Tuesday was one of my babysitting days. My mom came over and we were discussing my husband’s and my frugal ways. She mentioned that she didn’t think a lot of other woman would be willing to do the things I do. This really made me laugh because I think deep down the majority of people think that my penny pinching husband is behind most of what I do . Well that just is not true....more

Remembering The Family Bed

I'm a featherweight when it comes to sleeping.  The tiniest of noises will wake me from the deepest slumber.  Noisy neighbors, passing cars, ants breathing...all interrupt my sleep cycle.  I sleep with a fan blowing even in the coldest months just in hopes that the white noise will help muffle the sighs of this hundred year-old house...it works occasionally....more

My Real Job: I Am A Stay At Home Mom

I’ve been having trouble writing lately, trouble finding my voice and trouble finding time to write in this season of motherhood. I feel myself being pulled in too many directions and struggling with self doubt as a stay at home mom.I always hesitate when someone asks me what I “do”....more

Self Confidence: Do You Have It?

Self-confidence is defined in the merriam-webster dictionary as confidence in oneself and in one's powers and abilities. In this age of selfies and the eagerness to show others via social media how fabulous our lives are, it's easy to brag and fake an appearance of contentment even when we're not. We can easily seem confident by how we speak, dress, and interact with others. However, how we treat ourselves, the relationships we choose to engage in and the activities we choose to be a part of may say otherwise....more

A Real 30-Something Response to Huff Post’s “25 Things a Woman Should Have by Her 30’s.”

As a woman in her thirties often does, I was perusing the blogs over my morning cup of espresso when I came across an article written by Ada Polla for the Huffington Post, titled “25 Things a Woman Should Have by Her 30’s.” For obvious reasons, I was intrigued and read on....more

Am I Your Stumbling Block

   I have had the same group of girlfriends for years. Im talking 4th grade some of them. We are all so different that time would be the bind that keeps us together. One of those "we are friends because it's always been that way" type of friendships. Let me introduce them so you can paint a mental picture....more

Motivation: Strengthen Your Willpower!

Good morning all, and happy Hump Day!! :) We’re halfway through the week and for me, that means one day closer until classes start again! (Image)...more

Maggie: Our Adoption Story

We quite suddenly adopted a dog two days ago. My husband was wary of me visiting the dog adoption clinics at a local pet store, and I assured him I wasn't ready for a dog....more

Taught by a Tot

There’s a little girl named G. in my life who has already mastered a thing or two about life.As anyone who has had a toddler knows, we all learn by repetition. Little G. has perfected this so! When G. comes to visit us, she heads to boxes that are familiar, reaches from tippie-toe and dangles her fingers on those “no” items and squeals and belly laughs at the predictable.Like most adults I know, we too like the familiar. We frequent the same places, order the same menu item and park where we know we won’t forget our cars. (Yes, I am the guiltiest of this last one.)...more

Anxious Parents Make Anxious Children: How I’m Letting Go

 For as long as I can remember, I have been a riddled with anxiety. On the playground, I studied my tennis shoes with hopes I wouldn’t be chosen for kickball. I sweated in the 40-degree weather with fear that my face would resemble a pug dog after one swift kick to my noggin....more
Oh, how I loved this! I am a very anxious person, too, but I try very hard not to instill the ...more