Santa won't come, your face will freeze like that and other lies I tell my kids

Someone once said “I believe in being honest with my kids, 101 percent.”That someone wasn’t me. I lie to my kids all the time.  I’m not just talking about the trifecta of deception:  Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.  I don’t creatively bend the truth.  I straight up lie like Pinnochio.  Am I ashamed?  No.  Lying to my kids saves my sanity, not to mention time and money.  And sometimes, it’s just fun to eff with them a little.Here are seven of my go-to’s:...more

Newborn Survival Guide

Coming home from the hospital with a brand new baby in tow is an exciting period. At the same time, it is a demanding phase full of new lessons to be learnt and a series of trials and errors until you discover what works best. I am blessed to have gone through this phase with 3 amazing babies, all of which had different temperaments and demands from one another. I have compiled a list of essential products and wise words that will hopefully help new mothers discover and enjoy the magic of motherhood from the early days....more

Want to Give Your Kids An Awesome Christmas Present? Give Them This.

Want to give children something truly special for the holidays? Let them help you with your Christmas tasks.I will never forget the Christmas when I took my four-year-old son on the Polar Express train ride, to visit Santa at his local hangout, to the tree lighting ceremony, and to the Christmas story time at the library....more

The Gift of Special Needs

Saturday we went to a Christmas party hosted by Parent to Parent, our local support group for families with children with special needs. We have just recently gotten involved with them and it has been great to connect with other parents in our community....more

Celebrate Your Gung Ho (and the part of you that picks up the pieces)

When I had three kids under four years old, I became interested in baking the healthy kind of blueberry muffins. My friends stocked flax and chia seeds next to their flour and vanilla, so why couldn’t I?...more

The Horse, The Bicycle, The Wagon, and The Kitchen

I have fallen…and I feel like I should be able to fashion some sort of horse, bicycle and wagon bar joke from that title…but i can’t quite seem to get up and pull it together. I have had a difficult time getting back my writing groove…and I don’t have a lot of time to look for it now.I am loosing a battle as I type.  I have dropped the reigns and fallen asleep at the wheel…I am falling down on standing guard as it were…as it is....more

Why does my pregnancy feel like career suicide?

I have a question for anyone out there that might be reading this. Is having a child career suicide? I have spent the last 12 years of my life working for a company I love. Consistently over the years, I have earned many promotions, rarely staying in a role for more than a year. I have been in my current role for a year and a half and request a meeting with my boss to discuss my next steps. When we started this discussion, he was very open to me exploring new career growth oppurtunities with the company....more

Be Still: Part One

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Why Does Paper Beat Rock?

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Sorry, Kid. Elf on the Shelf is Not Gonna Happen

It’s that time again, the time when the cleverest, craftiest moms and dads dust off their favorite Elf on the Shelf Pinterest boards and create magic for their Facebook friends — I mean, their kids! Of course, their kids....more