Erin Bella

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An Open Letter To Honey Boo Boo's Mama

Dear June,Like many Americans, I've been tuning in each week to follow your family's adventures on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and discover interesting things like how to bob for pigs' feet, harvest road kill, and make a homemade slip-N-slide with an old tarp, a hose, and a bottle of baby oil....more
A couple of friends convinced me to watch and have the greatest laughs of the year and I've ...more

What’s the Most Important Presidential Debate Question?

[Editor's Note: Are you planning to watch the Presidential Debates in October? The first one starts next week, on Wednesday, October 3. Gloria Feldt of Heartfeldt calls it "required watching for all voters". If you had a chance to ask questions to President Obama or Mitt Romney, what would you want to know? Here's what Gloria suggests. --Grace] ...more
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We're Raising Individuals, Not a Group

We’ve never been good at one-on-one time with our kids. I’ve always thought it would be neat to date each son -- a few hours alone with just one child sounds wonderful and important. When the thought of mother-child dates crossed my mind, I quickly answered myself with a lengthy list of why this novel idea is an impossibility. Where would I find the time? It would be expensive. Four kids, four dates, plus dating my spouse -- that’s an awful lot of dating, money, and scheduling. I would need a tournament bracket to organize this endeavor. Or a spreadsheet. Those give me irritable bowel syndrome....more
I had a friend in high school whose father did this with all three kids and I loved it. My dad ...more

I'm an Aunt! Now What Kind of Aunt Am I Going to Be?

My husband's sister had her first baby last week, making my husband a first time uncle and, of course, me a first time aunt. An aunt! I've always wanted to be an aunt! As I held him in my arms and looked at his head full of hair, I imagined the days yet to come. Our sons are now cousins for the first time as well, and I could almost hear the future laughter of three little boy cousins, chasing frogs and shooting each other with sticks. I don't know who this little boy will be when he grows up, but I knew that I loved him as purely and as wholly as I love my little boys. But I was left wondering what kind of aunt I will be....more
Congratulations and welcome to the club. Being an aunt -- to little boys, no less -- is awesome. ...more

Silent Meditation: Spirituality for the Religiously Wounded

Some of us can't go to church anymore. Some of us straddle multiple sides of the religious fence. Some of us have difficulty defining ourselves within one specific church context....more
I loved this, EE.   My meditation practice shouldn't even be called a practice because I do it ...more

Why Moms Don't Shower

I’m a stay-at-home-mom. Yes, I work from home as well, but my primary duties are to my little monster boy. He’s 2-and-a-half. I have been known to go one, two, three even four days without showering. Yea, yea, gag, gross, whatever. But let me tell you the story of today and then see which you gag more at -- me not showering for days or the aftermath of one 15 minute shower....more
This was hilarious!   And for the record, I don't have children and I don't shower everyday. I ...more

"Girls" And Self-Entitlement: Do I Know How Lucky I Am?

We don't have HBO, or cable for that matter, so I'm a teeny bit behind the ball when it comes to television culture. But thanks to the bounty of blog posts and attention given to Girls, I feel like I know enough about the show that's taken the media world by storm. Everywhere I click boasts the show's success or criticizes its lack of diversity, which in turn allows me to offer my ten cents on a show I've never even seen....more
 @TiredMama Yes, she will. But it may take a decade!more

"Girls" And Self-Entitlement: Do I Know How Lucky I Am?

We don't have HBO, or cable for that matter, so I'm a teeny bit behind the ball when it comes to television culture. But thanks to the bounty of blog posts and attention given to Girls, I feel like I know enough about the show that's taken the media world by storm. Everywhere I click boasts the show's success or criticizes its lack of diversity, which in turn allows me to offer my ten cents on a show I've never even seen....more
 @NatalieJ I like that! Pray that life *never* gets fair!more

My Blog Got Stolen... And This is How I Got it Back

My food blog got hijacked. Hijacked, like a plane. Like a stagecoach in the Old West. You heard me right. Hackers stole my domain, thehungrymouse.com, and from mid-March to mid-May, I had absolutely no control over it. I just got it back. If you haven't heard of domain theft before, it sounds crazy. After all, domain names are pretty intangible and live in cyberspace. But, domain names are a commodity, and are subject to theft just like other property. That is, if someone can figure out how to pull the rug out from under you. ...more
Seriously crazy. I had no idea people were hijacking blogs these days! This was all super ...more

Taking Away Mom's Keys: How Old Is Too Old to Drive?

For the interrogation, a lady with a clipboard asked politely if I would "step away" from the window so she could interrogate my mother about what happened when she drove her car into the wall of the carpet store. When she mistook the gas for the brake pedal. I sat on a bench -- just within earshot of my mother referring repeatedly to the brake as the "clutch." What she learned to drive on what, a good, 75 years ago? I wanted to pinch her. I could swear, above all the raucous of sorry waiting souls in this enormous DMV room, I could actually hear the mad scribbling of Clipboard Lady. "So you weren't driving a standard then." "What standard? I was driving my car." ...more
Oh, that's a horrible no-win situation. I've told my mother before that I'll intervene and take ...more