It's Today Not Tomorrow - Living In The Moment

Lately, I keep finding myself thinking about, trying to plan or let's just face it, worrying about the future. And today, I realized I need to just stop. That's right - just stop. Focus on the moment, not the moment tomorrow, not the moment 5 minutes from now, but the moment now - this moment that I'm currently living....more

Mommy Wars - Why Do We Do This To Ourselves?

Why does it always seem like the stay-at-homes and the moms who work outside of the home always feel the need to battle it out and put the other one down? Why does it seem like each group is always trying to define that they do more work than the other group? Instead of battling it out why can't the stay-at-homes and the moms who work outside of the home realize that each person is equally important?...more

Potty Training - A Mother's Nightmare

I know it's been quite some time since I've written anything, but who knew that Potty Training would be so time consuming. As many of you know, we've tried several times to potty train. He wasn't ready. I wasn't ready. It just was causing more frustration that I have called it quits more than once. But when he turned 3, we talked about how we weren't going to buy any more diapers. So around his 3rd birthday, Lil Man said, "no more diapes, wear underwear." I said yes.  And that's what we've done... or tried to do for the most part....more

Am I Still a Stay-at-home Mom If My Kids Aren't Home Much?

My son is of school-age now, so starting in August, he will be out of the house from 8:30 am until 3:05 pm most weekdays. My daughter goes to preschool from 8 am until 5 pm three days per week, and I’m about to put her back in the neighborhood daycare she used to go to from 8 am until 5 pm an additional day per week.So, should I still call myself a stay-at-home mom if my kids are barely home during the week? Forget “stay-at-home”, am I still a “mom” if other people take care of my kids more hours than I do?...more

I'm Failing at This SAHM Stuff: I Need a Job

So I've been all, "Yeah, I can be a stay-at-home mom! Yeah, my house is a mess and we live out of laundry baskets and dinner is still a total pain in the ass most days but hey, I'm hangin' with my kids!" I've hosted a gazillion playdates. I make snacks. I help kids ride bikes. I take Ben to the playground in the mornings and pick up Max from preschool and play and have the kids help with some chores and all that. I'm focused. I'm doing it. I'm mommying. I'm also becoming the most irritable cranky bitch known to mankind....more
 What's funny is I don't even love work...I just love that it makes me enjoy time at home so ...more

Doin' My Homework

Today is definately "hump day", Wednesday. The kiddos are at school, I'm taking care of my infant niece, who is still sleeping most of the day and I find myself a little bored. I just watched an awesome doc on Netflix called "Ingredients", completely relevant to yesterdays rant in regards to shopping, or not, at Walmart, a must see by the way ;) I feel this sense of urgency, the need to get back to simplicity. ...more

Moms and Morra Mele, Stop Hating Feminists!

For feminists like myself, the assumption that we’re all just uncaring, over-educated childless bitches who hate kids and want to kick every man in the crotch is an overblown (tired) stereotype....more

Mommy Wars...

I've been thinking a lot about the mommy wars recently. I'd actually never heard it called that, but a friend and fellow blogger posted about it recently and ever since I seem to find myself in conversations about it. It's referring to this seeming competition about our choices as mothers... do I work outside the home? Do I stay at home with the kids? Do I work from home? ...more

Yvonne Marie, Working Parent Wednesdays

Yvonne Marie Born: September 9, 1971 Mother of three Married for 18 years Loves Sangria... ...more

Why does Sarah Palin make me cry?

I've been very emotional about Sarah Palin since her announcement a week ago, and I have genuinely tried to examine why. I like her, I identify with her loving a big family, I appreciate that she lives unapologetically. I deeply, and very personally, celebrate that she is a high-profile example of how we should value all babies, even the inconvenient and the imperfect. Even when it changes your life and breaks your heart. ...more