Mum, Forget About Efficiency

Forget about being efficient or productive when you are with your children; it will save you hours of agitated frustration on your part and angry resistance from your kids. Mothers learn to operate in two gears, fast and furious when they are alone with the kids sleeping or at school and slow and steady with incredible patience when they are interacting with their kids....more

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

5 simple things from the week worth celebrating. Here's to a "no iPad during the week" trial that is going well.  ...more

Frida 5: Celebrating Simplicity

It's time for the Friday 5 which is how I sum up all the great simple things from the week that are often overlooked. I believe in small victories and in celebrating the everyday.  ...more

Friday Five: Celebrating Simplicity

5 noteworthy and toast worthy happenings from the week. Here's to a healthy and happy Vance.I have yet to write his birthday post, but he just had his 8 year old check-up....more

An Ode To Working Parents

An Ode To Working Parents EverywhereYou may have heard that I have a small side business going taking professional family photos. It seems like ever since the weather has warmed up I've had a job or two on the docket and photos to edit on my computer, and at times I have felt like I have too much on my plate. But JDubbs is really supportive in this venture and so he understands if I need to take off as soon as he gets home and hole up somewhere quiet to get my work done. Overall, it works well....more

If You Give A Kid A Hot Dog

The new best-selling story, If You Give A Kid A Hot Dog…If you spend the night at Grandma’s where you sleep in the same room as your kids, the kids will go to bed later and get up earlier.If the kids go to bed later and get up earlier, they will be cranky come mid-afternoon.If the kids are cranky in the afternoon, Grandma will give them ice cream to make them feel better.If the kids are high on sugar and low on sleep, they will be SUPER-cranky at bedtime.If the kids are super cranky, they will not eat their dinner....more

Every House is More than a Home

We have resumes to tell the ‘who, what, where and when’ of our professional lives. We have our homes to tell the ‘who, what, where and when’ of our personal lives. Without saying a word, the places where we live speak volumes about us – from who lives there to what stage of their life they are in to whether or not they have pets....more

And It Begins

It was the first day back to school today.SQUEEEEE!!!  (Accompanied by much jumping up and down and wiggling.)...more
Hahaha! It's true. New notebooks are like undiscovered magic =D Thanks so much for the ...more

The Holiday Drag

Don't get me wrong.  I do enjoy Christmas.  Really, I do!  But on this Friday night, after a very long workweek, and two kiddie concerts, and sixteen days of holiday stories, songs, projects and games....Here are seven things I love to hate about The Most Wonderful Time of the Year:1) Christmas Cards....more
@DesiValentine4 We can only hope :)more

Run Away

"I'm going for a walk."Through clenched teeth, tight voice, words bitten back with so much force I'm choking on them.Slamming the door against the heat of the house, I breathe in cold and walk.Up the street.  I HATE being in charge of time, all the time.Faster now, through an intersection black with ice and blurry with stinging eyes.  I HATE sounding like a fucking nag all the time....more
I'm okay. Thank you! Once I cooled off, my husband and I spoke about it, and we're back where ...more