My House Smells of Pickles And Poop

So Lil Man, at almost 2 years old,  is really showing his independence. Just where does he get this stubborn streak?!? Oh yeah... probably from me. My mid-morning started off with me chasing him to change his dirty diaper. I could smell him from across the room. He, however, has learned that if he squats and bounces he can push the poop around and apparently it feels 'funny'. This has become a 'fun' thing to do after pooping. It isn't so much fun for Mommy to clean up squished poop. So I chased him. Caught him. Changed him. Released him....more
Any other moms out there just sometimes wish you could put a want ad in the paper for a best ...more

Mommy Confession

Mommy confession.. I have faked a poop so that I could lock myself in the bathroom to get a few minutes away from my toddler and husband. I'm not proud, but you reach a point that survival mode kicks in. Sometimes you just need... five... minutes... please... where there isn't anyone asking you for anything.Don't get me wrong. My hubby helps out a lot with our Lil Man. Truly, he does. But Lil Man responds differently to him than me. Hubby can literally sit on the couch all day while Lil Man is usually content - not asking him for ANYTHING....more

Stay At Home Mom Feels Bored

I’m a SAHM and my kids are both in school. I used to keep busy with PTA and other activities with my other mom friends, but now most of them are going back to work because of the economy. I don’t want to get a job, but I’m starting to feel really lonely with everybody gone all day. What do you suggest?...more
And btw- read the letter again peoples. She signed BORED but she should have signed LONELY.more

Homemade Ricotta, Lemon & Thyme Spread

Yum! I might have to try this...more

The Lazy Days of Summer

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, a time to celebrate those who have served our country, spend time with family, barbeque, and hit the pool for the first time. For me, it has always marked the beginning of summer....more

My midlife sabbatical: the first steps are the hardest (I hope)

This first week has been a mixed bag.For the first time in over 9 years since my daughter was born, I had time for me. Freedom! Before, I put everyone else's needs first. Interestingly, now I felt overwhelmed with choices from my "to do" list. I avoided taking action, since what I REALLY needed to do first was put my "house" in order. Like taking medicine you know is good for you.  Plus, I needed to prioritize. Finally, I dived in today and did two things I haven’t done in years: I cooked, and worked out. Despite being cooking-phobic....more

I have been dealing with menopause for a couple of years now, and I have lost much enthusiasm ...more

Hard-Working Mom... or Hardly Working?

Last night, I was reading a blog post by a friend from college who is a mom to three small children. She also has a full-time career outside the home. She mentioned in her post about the struggle to give 100% to her children, 100% to her husband and 100% to her career and it got me thinking......more

Exactly. We all ARE doing the best we can, whatever our circumstances. I know there is some ...more

Peachy Kuehn Adventures!

   This blog follows the adventures of a young family of four through the mother's eyes. Laugh with her when she burns that day's dinner, celebrate with her as her baby learns to crawl, and cry with her when she has a bad fight with her husband.      True life and true love at Peachy Kuehn Adventures: www.peachykuehn.blogspot.com...more

My Blog 'Path to Purpose'

For most of my life I have been trying to figure out what it is I want for my life. I have needed a purpose other than being a wife and mother. I am on a journey of self-discovery and started a blog to share my journey with (hopefully) readers. You can read my blog at www.mandyabbott.blogspot.com     Mandy Abbott...more

Mrs. Beeton, and the beginning

 It was during a phone call a year or so ago when my best friend Daron mentioned he had a book, that the octogenarian English matron who once employed him as a personal chef had given it to him years before as a cookbook, and he'd come across it while cleaning out the basement. ...more