Does A Mother Ever Stop Mothering? (Please Say Yes)

My mom stopped by this morning, theoretically so we could talk about Little’s wedding and Middle’s upcoming cross-country move. But it quickly devolved into me crying with my head in her lap, summing up in glorious detail how I was completely overwhelmed, and sucked the fat one with my ability to manage three kids, and I didn’t even know what to do with myself in the three minutes of my day where I wasn’t breaking up a fight, feeding someone, or cleaning something up. And Who The Fuck invented this whole summer business and for the love of God, WHY?...more
Great post! I could really feel your pain today when my husband and I decided we should never ...more


She opens her eyes while it is still dark, knowing that morning is close and her time, if she wants it, is now. She eases from the bed slowly without waking her husband, who is still deep in the throws of slumber. Her feet hit the painted wood floor and the boards groan as they accept her weight. She creeps, gently as a she can, out of the room and down the steps....more

Taking Care of You + thismom's Ice Pop Recipe

  Taking care of you. Taking care of me. I feel guilty for booking a 60 minute appointment with my RMT because Dear Husband wonders how to put our son down for his nap. Not his fault. I do all of the naps, because I like to. And DH works in the evenings. So I do all of the bed times. Every bath. Middle of the night wake ups. Every night.  Not to mention the other stuff that I seem to do most of. Like the laundry. The cooking. The cleaning. And l work a demanding job outside of the home every day.   I. Have. No....more

I'm Not the RockStarMom You Think I Am

Sure.  I talk about the ease in which I manage a blog, take on projects, juggle four kids, appease my husband, shop and cook healthy meals, and still find time for girlfriends, wine and running.  Sometimes, I fail to mention how vulnerable I am....more

Stream of Consciousness Blogging: Can I Do It?

"Stream of consciousness" writing seems to work very well in song lyrics. And perhaps due to its ...more

Good Housekeeping Magazine "Blogger Fridays" Facebook Launch Jan 7

Mark your calendars!  Join me at Good Housekeeping's Facebook Page ( this Friday, Jan 7 starting at noon as Facing Forty Upside Down launches their "Blogger Fridays" series!  ...more

Change Your Morning Routine and Change Your Life

I once had a friend point out how disconcerting it can be to accidentally wash your body out of order in the shower. We all have a shower routine that involves washing various body parts in the same order -- day in and day out. And it throws off everything when you accidentally start with your arms instead of your legs, or maybe wash your hair before you wash your face as usual. That feeling of everything being a bit off usually stays with you long after you've dried off, and that's the effect we're going for as you tweak your morning. In other words, we are creatures of habit, and the best way to create a change is to break a habit by making a small change. ...more
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Play Hard

This weekend, my husband was gone, mountain biking in Albuquerque.  I wasn’t looking forward to doing it all “alone” this weekend, as I was feeling a little depleted. I knew I would need to keep my son and me busy.  I had all sorts of things in mind.  We could go to Target!  (The Go-To Activity when it is cold outside.)  We needed to go to the grocery store.  I could ask my friend if she wanted to do a play date.  We could go to the movies and see Megamind.  There was a list of places I had in mind to pass the time. ...more

Monday Musings {boutique love}

Monday Musings: {boutique love}have you been to our boutique?...more

Put Yourself on Your To Do List

By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore Some people sneak a peek at medicine cabinets, others might want to look inside your purse. We like to sneak peeks at To Do lists....more