Leslie Conway

I am a married, stay at home mom of three whom after 25 years of dedicated service has been deserted by my kids for greener pastures. Having always had an opinion and never being shy about expressing it, I thought it was time to write about things rather than yell them from the back of PTA meetings.  With the coop flown, it’s just a hen and her rooster going it alone. Visit my blog at www.theflowncoop.com!

Do You Like The Like A Girl Commercial? Let's Celebrate Being Girls: #ownlikeagirl

 Have you seen the "like a girl" campaign by Always?  While I love the message, it also raised some questions for me about how we talk to girls about, well...being girls....more

"Away." Our Two Weeks In Europe: A Series

 I've heard that the best blogs either follow one particular theme or are written as a series.  Since there's no way I could stick to one theme as life is just too interesting for that, I will admit that I have wanted to try my hand at a series.  So, when a few weeks ago my husband and I returned from a European adventure, I figured the highlights of our trip, or at least how we managed to spend 14 days, 24 hours a day together, might just lend itself perfectly to such an endeavor.  I hope you enjoy following along....more

Are My Facebook Posts Obnoxious?

The messages that started this post were a few of the comments I received. I know most of them were meant to be sarcastic because only my family, where sarcasm is a dominant gene, and friends, whom if not connoisseurs of sarcasm don't last long, are my friends on Facebook. So I know they were just teasing... sort of... kind of... right? Or are they nicely, with humor, trying to tell me something else? Does posting this kind of thing make me obnoxious? Is it offensive? Does it mean that I'm unfeeling or out of touch? Am I a show-off and just plain nasty? ...more
Jealousy is an interesting and tricky thing.  When I know I'm not in a place to celebrate with ...more

"Somewhere In Between: Why I'm Jealous Of Both My Mother And My Daughter."

No way, do I wish I was 22 again, and I am absolutely not ready to be 71 quite yet.  However, there are definitely things about both my mother's and my daughter's lives right now that I most assuredly envy....more

They're Baaaack! 6 Tips to Help You Survive Summer with Your College Student

Over the next month or so, college students will be returning home to spend the summer with you. Within a few days, several of your conversations will begin with any or all of the following questions: Where have you been? It's 2:00am.When did I say you didn't have to call?Why would you take the car without asking?What do you mean you don't have a job?Who said I'd do your laundry?Who is that sleeping on my couch?Why are there empty beer bottles in the back of the garage?It's 2:00 pm, are you ever going to get out of bed? ...more
I love #6 and especially love this part: "I can't get those days back, but I can relish the new ...more

Best Mother's Day Gift Idea? How About A Day Off From Motherhood?

 The other morning I texted my now adult kids from my favorite brunch place to see if any of them would be coming home next Sunday for Mother's Day.  Feeling fairly confident that brunch reservations had not been made by anyone else, I figured I'd take matters into my own hands to make sure I got to eat what I wanted where I wanted on my day....more

My iPod=My Time Machine. Where Does Your Music Take You?

  The other day we finally got a real taste of spring weather; the kind that makes you feel invincible and like the whole world is buzzing with possibility. Energized, I figured I'd finally get to the multiple errands I had to run, so with windows down, iPod volume way up, I headed out.  Or, rather I should say, I headed back...to the 70's 80's and 90's....more

Separate Beds? Not Yet. But Separate TVs? Absolutely!

I think we gave it a good shot.  Even so, in the beginning, I felt fairly guilty and thought that our failure indicated that our 27 year marriage was headed for trouble. But, it had to happen, because the harder we tried, the more miserable we both got.  The final straw came on a cold winter's Friday night when, finally, about an hour into what has to be Transformers 16, I jumped out of the recliner, and officially called it quits....more

5 Things That Run Through My Head...Even Before I've Stepped Out Of Bed

What's the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning?  I'd wager that for most women, we have a few in common.  Here are my first eye opening thoughts for the day:...more