A Word to the Wise. But Which Word?

There were four generations of us eating and laughing and reminiscing and debating and drinking and sharing stories…and it was just great.  One of the topics that came up --as often happens when there are lots of women and wine around-- was men.  It started out as a "can't do with 'em, can't do without 'em, can't kill 'em" kind of conversation.  It eventually evolved (or digressed) into "what should a young woman do?"  And that's when it got tricky.  Lots of women, lots of opinions. Marriage? At what age? Maybe never?  Then what?...more

Something Blogged: What I Learned Wedding Dress Shopping

I had been dreaming of the day when I got to try on a wedding dress and that day finally came true last Saturday. My fantastic mother came made the trek from Stoney Creek to Ottawa for the occassion and I had set up a day long trek across the city to shop for the "one." We had a great day, mixed with laughs, tears, sticker shock and lots of posing and twirls (on my part). I got schooled in what it means to get a wedding dress that day. This is what I learned: 1....more

Real-Life Fairy Tales

As you probably know, many single women are single because they choose to be. Others, however, are more reluctantly single. They would like to be married but it just hasn't worked out for them...either a first-time go at it or a marriage that came to a premature end. Some of them politely (or not) "yell" at me that my single-is-ok mantra is over-rated.   They're managing being single but would really like to be someone's wife.  And I get it...kinda. Being single-not-married works for me though I do like being single-with-a-boyfriend.  ...more

I Left Everything I Knew in the Name of Love

I really loved being married. I loved finally being with Aaron all the time. But at the same time, I was sad. I went from a little two-bedroom house a few miles from one of my best friends, and a short twenty-minute back road commute to a job where I was valued and appreciated; close, loving friendships; an active volunteering schedule; and a church community that was my heart's home to a strange new place. And it was hard. ...more
I'm going through the same.it's just a little different that I have moved to USA from a ...more

Make Your Leap List Before You Get Married or Have a Baby

Because evidently you’re going to be leaping off the face of the earth. At least, that’s what Honda would have you think. Their latest Leap List campaign has me a little puzzled. If you haven’t seen the commercials, the basic premise is that you should create a list of things you “wanna do before everything you oughta do” (their sad corporate attempt at casual language, not mine). The implication being “you better do it now, cause no way in hell are you doing it after [insert life event] happens.”...more

Marital Bliss?

Once upon a time I fought with my boyfriend which what seemed like all of the time (ok I am exaggerating for argument's sake). We are married now.We Fought Like Cats & Dogs Today we are working on "happily ever after".Read full blog: Fought Like Cats & DogsHoping you will share your stories on the secrets to success in matrimony!...more

Our Wedding Style - Making the Decision

When Matt and I began discussing our wedding plans we both knew we wanted something intimate - a celebration, a party with our nearest and dearest. Ideally we pictured having around 30-50 guests and hopefully clung to the idea of having our wedding at his parents’ home. (Matt's parents just moved into the renovated the most adorable house ever. Ever.) Lucky for us, his mom was thrilled with the idea! Poking around online, I come across so many beautiful and inspiring weddings....more

My Introduction to Blogging

I am addicted to reading blogs. I have so much going on in my life right now that I feel like I have to share it. So I thought what the hell why not start my own? I've never written before, I'm a high school drop out, so my grammer, punctuation and spelling will reflect that. Where to start...? I'm a mom of two boys. Big K is 9, in fourth grade and was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 4. Little K is 6, is in first grade, and is currently in our local mental hospital. Oh so much to tell you... ...more

Discipline and Co-parenting

Disciplining children can be hard enough as it is in a traditional family.  But add divorce, joint custody and getting remarried to the equation and it makes it even more difficult. The girl’s father was very lazy, nothing bothered him and it took pulling teeth and ultimatums to get him to lift a finger.  Now I’m in a relationship that is quite the opposite:  Frank does things way before I even need to ask.  The problem with this type of personality though is that he is ‘Johnny on the Spot’ when it comes to my girls and the proper discipline. ...more

The Origin of The List

I'll spare you the backstory, which is at http://thehitchlist.blogspot.com if you want to read it, and get to the good stuff.  ...more