Sitting in one of my favorite coffee shops in Downtown Charleston, I start to look back over the last 2 years of my life.  It's been nothing short of mishaps, confusion, and getting lost multiple times along the way.  Yet amongst those, it's been full of uncontrollable laughter, building strong foundations for lifelong friendships, becoming stronger in my faith, and finding me again.  For the better part of my 20's, I felt as though I was having an out of body experience.  I was getting up everyday, going to work, sitting in traffic, but I felt nothing....more

#FanExpoDallas: A Fangirl Nerdgasm

I love getting away from work and kids once or twice a year, but you know how hard it is to say goodbye to these precious little children of mine:...more

Cup Size Matters!

We all have our little obsessions. Did you know.... you can walk into someone's house and get a pretty good idea for who they are, what they like and maybe even what their hygiene habits are like, in about four seconds? For example, walking into a house that clearly has several indoor animals (judging by the pet hair wafting through the air and the dog peeing in the corner) and you are already picturing the piled up dirty laundry and someone who may not have washed their hair for a few days and may be just slightly off their rocker. Or poised to chop you up with a hachet. Whatever....more

The Secret to Potty Training

Before I jump into what every parent wants to know, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Candace. I have a wonderful husband and we have two beautiful children, Cameron who is six-years-old and Lauryn who is two. Having two children obviously makes me a parental “seasoned vet” because I’ve been through it all. From bottle warming hacks to pulling strands of spaghetti out of my kid’s nose. Yeah, I’ve seen (and done) it all! And one question I’ve heard repeatedly is, “What did you do to potty train?” ...more

7 Things You Understand If You Have/Had Italian American Grandparents

1. "God Bless" gets added to practically every sentence. ...more

Plumbing the Depths for Antidepressants

You may think that the worst part of visiting the gynecologist each year is stepping on the scale. You are wrong.I wouldn’t visit my gynecologist annually except that he is the one who prescribes my Prozac. You know you’re clinically depressed when even your nether region is sad....more

This Will Never Happen

Here is a conversation between three people as they leave my house. This conversation will never happen. “I have never in my life seen a home so clean. Every surface sparkles. Truly astonishing…”“It’s a whole new level of tidy. It’s as though she took the act of cleaning and refined it to a higher art!”“She must only clean and do nothing else-““Not to be a jerk, but I think she should get some outside interests. I mean, it’s too clean. it’s, like, creepy clean…”...more

The Myth of the Entitled Millennial

For some years now, we millennials have been the subject of countless negative think pieces, articles, and TV spots. You would think that because we're the best educated group in US history, you'd see older generations patting themselves on the back for what a good job they've done. Instead, we are told that we're lazy, entitled, self-obsessed, and a list of other adjectives that suggest that we're the absolute worst....more
calmabrave  I wish everyone could see the hard work that we've put in, but it isn't ...more

Spraying Binaca into my Cat's Mouth

It was 4pm on a Sunday when I decided to spray mint Binaca into our cat’s mouth. I was 12 and carried the breath freshener with me at all times for potential opportunities that might present themselves, and had noted that this feline, named “The Puss”, whom I worshipped, had, for lack of a better descriptor, “cat breath”....more