"Mama, when you wake up, don't come down stairs, OK?

Some days when Danny is out of town, I just don't have the motivation to get out of bed. Even though #1, #2 were down stairs up to something, #3 was smooshing her face against the rails of her crib like a prisoner and #4, happily tearing my hair out of my scalp, screeching and slobbering all over my face ~ I lay still, on my pillow. Mr. Know It All (the rooster) was crowing, there was a Hannah Montana concert going on down in the living room, the sun was shining in my eyes. ~ It was 6:58. A.M. ...more

Advice by Invitation Only

In the past year or so I've had several friends get pregnant and have babies for the first time. I've noticed a trend when people come across pregnant women: word vomit. You know, the uncontrollable urge to spew out every birthing experience/story and piece of advice about parenting and babies you've ever heard? ...more

Half full or half empty?

Either “The sky is falling” or “Every cloud has a silver lining.” Both points of view are evenly represented among my nearest and dearest.  Most days I fall into the silver lining category, which means of course I’m destined to spend much of my time with people who are always dodging chunks of the sky. I like grey skies.  I live in Northern California in a fog belt and I am (perversely, some say) not a fan of summer.  I count the days until the season changes to autumn, which brings the chance of showers.  ...more

Ready, Set, Launch—Gulp!

As an entrepreneur, you know the feeling! Whether you're a solopreneur, mompreneur, intrapreneur (an entrepreneur within a company), a multi-million dollar entrepreneur—whatever level—that moment when the project is finished and you launch it to the world is daunting. You *think* you've thought of everything, dotted all your I's and crossed all your T’s, but invariably, something isn't quite perfect. ...more

A Grocery Store Tale~Crazy Woman Takes her 4 Small Children Shopping

This is a tale of a crazy woman (me) who takes her four small children to the grocery store. Part One - Peeping Tom ...more

Get Off the Phone & Pull Up Your Pants, DagNabIt!

Appropriate. I cannot say this is a word that I thought about much when I was single. Now, as I am watching TV, about town, etc, this word comes to mind quite frequently. How OLD am I? Remember when you were a teenager and your parents would ask you, "Are you going to leave the house dressed like that?" Wow, what a long time ago. Having a child has caused me to think like my parents or my grandparents, even. What is this world coming to? Next thing you know, I will be yelling at kids to get off my damn lawn. ...more

Will I Attend College – Again – With My Daughter?

Our youngest daughter, Maddie, just turned five. She has slept in our room about 220 nights out of the last 270. No jokes here. She started in our bed and after a month or so, we told her it was her sleeping bag on the floor, or back to her room. I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll need to go away to college with her too. She’d better pack her sleeping bag in that case ...more

Diapers: Which are the greenest?

  By Melinda @ www.GreenMoms.com ...more

Can You Resist The Sweet Look Of Your Children When They Say “Please Mommy”

My girls are 5 and 6 ½ years old.  I work full-time and sometimes think I must have the word “sucker” written in hot pink across my forehead (and that of course would be the only word my girls could read). I check in the mirror every day; I haven’t noticed the label on my forehead, it must be in my eyes though, because my children continually ask me for things that I should always say “no” to… When my family is having lots of fun playing a game after dinner and my girls want to play one more which would delay their bedtime ...more

Huffing, Puffing and Growling – What Is That In Our Room?

I hear huffing, puffing, and growling. Did a wild bear break into our house and come into our bedroom. Oh yeah, there are no bears near where we live. Hmm, what could it be? More growls. I pull the covers up higher and roll cautiously towards where the noise is coming from; I carefully open only one eye in hopes of not being noticed by whatever gnarly creature is making such a racket. My husband is bigger than me, wouldn’t he make for a better midnight snack? ...more