Why I Hate The Elf On The Shelf

I'm not happy about this post. I love mocking ridiculous things, but I feel most comfortable poking fun at stuff I like. Things like my college football team, my kids' quirks, my brother's ability to get free stuff from anyone he meets, and how my mom identifies herself by name when she leaves me a message. "Oh, hi Amy. This is your mom. Susan." My favorite target is myself. But today I turn my disdain outward, to a society that complains about consumerism and too many commitments, but spends $30 dollars for the privilege of managing the "magic" of a cheaply made stuffed elf during the busiest month of the year....more
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I Might Be a Horrible Mom for Saying This...

I love to cook. Love it.I love creating something to feed my family that is healthy and tastes delicious. This makes me happy.However, I don't love cooking dinner most nights. Really, I rather loathe it in fact....more

Everyone talks about the great things...

Kids are great. They change so many things in your life. They bring such happiness and sleep deprivation into your life it's INCREDIBLE! I can't remember the last time I slept a solid 7 fraking hours....really?! How much sleep does a person actually need to function? I know that the "experts" suggest 8+ hours...but I have been functioning on much less for a while now and I think they may be wrong....more

Ageless Beauty

I almost never get to lounge around in my pajamas, pimple cream, anti-aging, anti-wrinkle cream slathered on my face, and watch TV.  Certainly during the week when I am the first to get up to pack lunches, start breakfast, coffee and green tea, lining up shoes and coats, watching even a little would be out of the question.  We have the morning routine timed to the last second and if anyone needs to so much as blow his nose, we could get off schedule.  But some Sunday mornings when absolutely nothing is scheduled, I...more

I Was A Great Parent Before I Had Children

My husband and I were married for five years before we had children. We watched parenting from the sidelines and we became experts.With our mental parenting manual in place, 803 parenting books on our shelves, and a 4-page birth plan, we became parents.When our first son was a toddler, guests would often ask, "How can you have all of your pretty things out?" and "You don't have baby gates?"My husband and I would share a knowing glance and we would respond, "We set clear boundaries."...more

A Blog about Parenting

Today as I was driving back from picking Tyler up from the place he is living now, I had a frightening realization about our relationship. ...more

Enforcing Good Behavior... While Keeping a Straight Face.

We obviously all have words that we want our kids to say – “please” and “thank you” for example – and words we wish they wouldn’t say.  My toddler is quite the sponge these days, repeating just about everything he hears in direct earshot.  ...more

Chicken Pox on a Plane


Grammar Lesson

hom·o·phone  [hom-uh-fohn]:  A word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not.  Courtesy:  www.dictionary.com. Back in middle school we were given some common examples to illustrate this phonetic term:  “carat” and “carrot”; “two” and “too”; “there” and “their”, to name a few.  I’d like to introduce a new, more relevant example that is applicable in my adult life:  “wine” and “whine”. Wine is a delicious bev...more