You're Not Alone VIII

I’m not saying these are all about me. I’m just saying if you feel the same, or you have done it too, you’re not alone.You’re not alone if……when you try to use your DVD or TV, you have to say the steps OUT LOUD because there is a lot to do and it is very confusing.…you stop in the middle of exercising to get a snack....more

Death of a Reluctant Lesbian - Ode to my mother

I said goodbye to my motherʼs physical form five months ago exactly - ironically today is also Gay Pride Parade day in NYC.   It's a double anniversary of sorts, as Mama passed on another very auspicious occasion, my sonʼs 11th birthday.   Despite not having parade kind of energy today, I still wanted to do something to honor my mother, and our family....more
Lisa Stone Thank you for the kind support. This am I did some edits (writing is rewriting, ...more

20 Rules for Camping With a Baby

We have one of those giant family-sized LL Bean camping tents. Unpacking it and getting the poles into the right pockets in order to set the thing up is about as frustrating as putting up Christmas lights. But once assembled, we attain an instant camping adventure right there in the backyard. ...more
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Gratitude Linkup - Week of 6/22/14

One of the best ways to have perspective, for me, is to remember the things I'm grateful for. There have been times when I've gotten stuck in negativity that I've done a quick gratitude list (in my head or with another) and started on the path of releasing that negativity. Gratitude lists help me to remember what's beautiful and to remain present in my life.Each week, Laurel Regan's Gratitude linkup over at Alphabet Salad is a way for me to share a few of the things I'm grateful for with others....more

How Maleficent Helped Me Teach My Kids about Bullies and Grace

Note: Major spoiler alert if you have not yet seen the movie.To celebrate the last day of school, I took my three daughters to see Maleficent. While we all enjoyed the movie, it also afforded me an excellent opportunity to address a topic that scares the bejeevus out of me: how to deal with bullies....more

It shouldn't but it does hurt my feelings...

My husband father and stepmom had been married for over 40 years when he died suddenly 2 days before Christmas.  This was over 3 yrs ago now.  His stepmom has been part of his life for so long it's hard from him to remember her not being there,  we love her and the 2 stepbrothers like we do our own parents and brothers.  We still include them in all family parties and celebrations.  To us, nothing has changed.  But.......more

44 Things my sons should learn before they are adults

Raising kids is a tough and silly job to have. No doubt about that. In the span of one day I am a princess being saved by my sassy four year-old super hero and then ten minutes later I am explaining why we don’t hide cars in the dryer....more

My New Response to "I Don't Know How You Do It"

This was a tough week at our house. It was full of soccer try outs, school assignments, work deadlines, business travel, extracurricular activities and various meetings....more

To the normal mother.....

I get asked almost weekly how I do it all? How I handle the pressures of raising 4 little boys? How I am a supermom? I really honestly feel like people think that we are perfect. That my house is spotless and we go through the day with no yelling and end the night singing kumbaya around a fire roasting marshmallows (organic if that is possible because we would never feed our kids junk, geesh) then we all tuck into bed and sleep a full nights sleep with no interruptions and wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to take on a full day! Rinse, lather, repeat....more

11 Dirty little secrets about being a mother. (The ones no one ever tells you about.)

This post first appeared on Mona Andrei's personal blog, Moxie-Dude.comWhen you leave the hospital with your new baby, you’re given a bunch of forms, some diaper coupons and information on formula choices. The one thing you’re not provided with is a manual on how to be a mother.The following 11 secrets are what I imagine the middle section of that unwritten book should contain.1. You will screw up sometimes....more