not easy

So I spent my whole morning and part of my afternoon trying to start a blog, and in the end I  arrived here at blogher. Which I am grateful to have found but I still dont understand how to get this blog going. Im struggling with uploading pics and content so this is day 1. Hope it goes up from here. I should add that I am computer literate but also distracted by 5 yr old complaining about her broken yoyo. So if anyone sees this and has some advice plse help!...more

I Put My Baby On a Train!

Ok, I didn’t actually put my baby on a train. It was my 13-year-old and I didn’t leave him anywhere; I put him on a commuter train heading for the safety of camp in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Still, as the train pulled away from the station, it sure felt like I placed my newborn on the train and let him go. ...more
Good job, Mama!more

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child (But What if The Kids Are Jerks?)

Deep dark parenting confession: I don't like other people's children. Now now, let's not be hasty. There are plenty of great kids out there. I love some of my friends' kids almost as much as I love my own, and I've met a handful or three at the grocery store that seemed like pretty alright cats I could tolerate at a barbeque for like, a whole half an hour. Deep dark parenting confession: I don't like parenting other people's children. ...more
@Mary the Blogger   Maybe you are the one with the "nose out of joint" here.  This lady only ...more

The Battle of Nap Time: You Don't Know What You've Got Til It's Gone

I'm talking about that time of day when it's nap time. It's that time of day when, while trying to hold my son captive for at least an hour, I end up as the one held in captivity as I pretend to nap myself just so he would slow down, lie down with me and close his eyes. 98% of the time, it's seriously a battle. ...more
I'm pretty sure he won't be able to take a nap in 1st grade, so maybe it's better for him not to ...more

All I Ever Needed to Know About Parenting I Learned from Carol & Mike Brady

I just got schooled. I guess I had to be here, in this place. This place of banging my head against the wall trying to parent a wacko/pyro 7- almost 8-year-old. I will start with this admission: I am a total hypocrite. I used to preach no TV until the Roosters Came Home and the Cows Went to Bed. Honestly, I'll still preach that to you if your kid is 2 or 3. So if you want to hash it out, just tell me your 2-year-old sits in front of a TV, ever. ...more
Children (young adults)  need to make their own decisions, however, they need parental guidance ...more

Pints + Patios = Life Before Kids....

As mentioned over & over, being a mum has changed my world...Blah Blah Blah...I could go on & on about that & how much I love Noal & Pip...It's brought all that purpose & love that every mum talks about- And like this ...more

Sometimes, We Eat Humble Pie

I have been working on a project called "That's What She Said!" It is all about empowering women and encouraging our daughters. Sometimes, I forget what that looks like.Last week, I found my daughter in the front yard with her friends...and MY CAMERA! My camera is mine, mine, mine! No one is to touch it, ever! I am like a toddler clutching a favorite toy with grubby hands....more
Are those photos hers? If so, I'm really impressed.more

Emotional Mama

If you keep up with MrsMuffinTop's posts, you know by now that I am now pregnant with my third child.  The journey of motherhood has been a true roller coaster, from the moment the positive pregnancy turned up with my first until, well, present....more

I Love Mondays

Aaaaah, Monday, how I've missed you.  My favorite day of the week.  I know a lot of you reading this may think I'm crazy, and you could be right, but let me explain why before you call to put me on a Brittany Spears 5150 hold....more

Time Out

"That's IT!  If you ______ one more time, you're going straight to TIME OUT!  This is your last warning!"  If I had a penny for every time I had to say this in my house, I'd be able to buy a vintage Chanel purse.  Sure enough, less than five minutes later: "I just told you that it's not ok to do that!"  So guess what I did.  I put myself in time out.  Yes, me.  I put on an educational ANY TV show, and went to my closet....more