To My Son as You Graduate - Words of Wisdom I Hope You Ignore

The time is short now. Your cap and gown have been hanging in the closet for weeks. Your announcements have been sent, and today you finished your final exam. High school is almost over. Even though 18 years is a lifetime for you, for me it has been a vapor. Suddenly I’m scrambling to think of last minutes lessons I might have forgotten or words of wisdom I’ve failed to impart. There’s still time, right? But the thing is, I’m blank. We are proud of you and we love you. I’m not sure what else to say....more

Oops: Words from a Mum of Nine

Forget about being efficent or productive when you are interacting with tiny children; you will save yourself hours of agitated frustration on your part and angry resistance from your little ones.- melanie jean juneau Art by Mary Cassat...more

Basic Words To Live By

We all can dance when we find music we love....more

All I Ever Needed to Know …

All I ever needed to know , I learned in Kindergarten, from my mum….and from Dr. Seuss. If  leaders of countries  and the  heads of corporations practiced what they learned as small children, the world would be happier, healthier and more peaceful. Perhaps people in power should listen as Dr. Seuss and I talk to my children.You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose....more

I'll never do that again.

Today I saw a woman walking across the street with her baby in a stroller, but she wasn't even using the crosswalk.  I thought to myself, What a stupid and dangerous decision!  I hope she never does that again! This caused me to think about all of the stupid things I have done that I should probably never repeat.  Here are some that I'm willing to share and provide some anti-advice about:1.  Cut a jalapeno and rub your eye afterward with the jalapeno finger.  Um...ouch....more


Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. ...more

17 Things I've Learned in the Last 5 Years (about life at this age)

Birthdays, like reunions, are occasions for looking back--and since my birthday is tomorrow, I thought I'd share with you as I promised in my last post what I learned in the past half decade. I was surprised how much more of life has come into focus. I was shooting for 5 things but stopped at 17 because I know your time is precious....more

From the Mouths of Babes... {Wednesday Words of Wisdom w/ Linky}

 Children see the world in a completely different way than we do.Unfettered by experience, stereotypes, expectations, and rules, they see what we can not....more

Stay Tuned Momma... New Linky coming Weds...

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In My Daughter's Eyes Project

    I need to send a big thank you to Janae at Pink Moss for starting the “In My Daughter’s Eyes Project”. She is trying to get at least 100 women to write a letter with words of wisdom to their 12 year old selves. Please join her project by clicking on the link to her. Today was an astounding day to stumble upon this project since today is the day I chose to quit smoking....more

It's hard, and I was never even a really serious smoker (mostly social).

I love this, ...more