"That Moment When Your Heart Explodes From BlogAwesome" #FakeUpworthyTitle

**Yes, that was totes a clickbait title. MADEJALOOK Every year before I revise and repost, I remember. I relive. And even if it's just for one shining day, these memories make everything else fall away: all the petty irritations and frustrations, the dislikes and grudgy feelings...all of the things that, in the long run of life, aren't worth the importance we place on them.  This story is what matters. #TheseLivesMatter ...more

Oh Target, Please Stop

I was scrolling through Facebook and happened upon an article about Target's new Pillowfort gender neutral collection...first let me say from what I saw, as far as the actual products...I love them. I would purchase them in a heartbeat, if needed.While I do hate to stir the gender pot I am increasingly annoyed by the blurring, the greying...and I do love grey. I love grey sweatshirts and grey t-shirts...Other areas, the world around me...I like color, difference, black and white, variations of amazing choices......more

The CDC and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Mother's Perspective

The CDC has angered a lot of women this week with it's suggestion that women of childbearing age, who do not have permanent birth control in place abstain from alcohol. Their reasoning?"An estimated 3.3 million US women between the ages of 15 and 44 years are at risk for exposing their developing baby to alcohol because they are drinking, sexually active, and not using birth control to prevent pregnancy."...more

Fun Ways for Kids to Develop Through Play

One of my favorite activities I enjoy doing with my kids is playtime....more

10 Indoor Activities for Kids for Bad Weather Days

Let’s be honest right off the bat: who the hell really knows what to do with a toddler or preschooler all day indoors? Better yet, raise your hand if you’re one of the parents who feels like throwing yourself off a cliff when you wake up in the morning and see that you have ten feet of snow outside or that you’re stuck inside with a sick kiddo?...more

Happy Holidaze! From Grinch To Grateful

 I've begun to realize that the week before Christmas, for me, is very similar to finals week in college. There is an abundance of very late nights, lots of carbs, frequent appearances of a very grubby sweatshirt, a few tears, and the feeling of "if I just keep pushing.... it'll all be OVER soon.."It's easy for me to lose the true meaning of the holiday in the midst of the bargain shopping, the lists, the added holiday school events, and the wrapping. Oh Lord, the WRAPPING. So much wrapping....more

Christmas Random Acts of Kindness

One thing I love about the Christmas season is how much warmer, kinder and a little more giving most people are to those around them.  There are also many people, however,  who find the holidays to be straining compared to the rest of the year....more

When to Take a Nap

 I know when I reach my limits – there is a lot of crying, naps, and wine involved. I reach my limits on a regular basis. About quarterly I need to stop, regroup, reassess, rearrange some part(s) of my life. This is just my nature. I like a mix of orderliness and newness (two things that don’t always jive with one another). When I was a kid I would tear my bedroom apart playing imaginary games.  My bedroom served as a pirate ship, a haunted mansion, a prairie schooner wagon, a classroom, an office, a castle, and my future Grown Up Self’s fabulous mansion....more
J-MOM  Absolutely! I think as moms we often put ourselves last.more