Introducing Malia

I am back and as most of you know I am now the proud mommy of another beautiful girl - She came into the world without fanfare, (just my mom and the doctor. My husband and oldest child could not get back in time). And with the world’s easiest delivery- I would give you details, but you would think I was exaggerating – suffice to say- 20 minutes active labor and I was walking around 2 hours later. During my prayers I told the lord no matter how easy he made this pregnancy and delivery I was not doing it again....more

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Is Your Pride For Your Kids Putting Them In Danger?

You’ve seen them. The mini vans that have stickers with the kids’ names, their school name and the picture of what sport they play on the back window. The parents are just showing their pride, right? Well, they are also advertising to child predators and would be kidnappers not only where their kids attend school and what sport they play, but they are telling them their names! ...more

But have there been any cases of this actually happening - predators stalking families based ...more

When Does Bullying Start and Stop?

My five-year-old has been lucky so far. She's never been bullied.That I know about....more

My son's been both and had huge problems last year and some of this year at school for ...more

Ideas for a Great Thanksgiving Centerpiece

The holiday season is only a couple weeks away, so many of us are starting to make details To-Do lists for all the parties, festivities and family gatherings being planned. Count our dinner plates, check the good silver (then consider locking it away?), getting out the serving pieces and table cloths. We're making sure all the basics will be ready to go at a moment's notice. For the FIRST big holiday of the season -Thanksgiving- let even consider using a centerpiece to dress the table. Most of us put off doing a centerpiece for good reasons: ...more

I'm thinking of having the three kiddos go out and bring back some colorful items they can ...more

The Most Wonderful Day of the Year

Ever since I became Leo's mom and Leo became Leo, there is one special day I look forward to, every year. It's not Christmas, as the winter holiday season trumps even summer on my family's trepidation scale. And it's not the first day of school, despite how gleefully I usher my children into their teachers' care.No, it's the day of Leo's annual birthday party. Because on that day, every year, my son gets to be his own exuberant self, unreservedly....more

at home who'd probably give away at least 100 Pokemon cards for that cake. He's a HUGE Totoro ...more

On The Fence About Having Another Kid?

Well Ladies, some good news happened to me when my sister-in-law got hitched about two weeks ago. The pressure from my in-laws to have another child was finally lifted off of my head, and so nicely placed upon my sis-in-law’s precious head. “Have another baby. Try for a GIRL. C’mom. You can do it. I heard there’s ways. You have sex before you ovulate. Missionary position. Oh ya, and don’t forget to douche.”...more

Had my first very young, and have been through single motherhood. Now married to phenomenal ...more

Independence Day

Yesterday was a really good day for my son Will. He actually turned to me at one point and said, "Mom this is a really great day."After meeting with Will's middle school teachers and guidance counselors the week before, we all agreed Will's primary issue at school was self-reliance.To that end, we sent him off to school yesterday with a mission. He had to, on his own, find the after school Homework Club and navigate the late bus home....more

Barnes & Noble giving away $100 gift cards!

B&N's giving away a $100 gift card every day through December.  I want one!From the site:The Barnes and Noble Inspiration Sweepstakes: To celebrate the launch of the new B&N Kids, we are giving away a $100 Barnes & Online Gift Certificate every day through December 16th.