Kristine Castagnaro

This blog is about the precarious balancing act that I perform daily in an attempt to not suck too badly at any one version of me: wife, mom, professional, individual. Most of the time I end up hanging off the tightrope by my pinky.

Mom's Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave me to me… a Marriage that is Stress-Free On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… Two Little Loves -- Zaffy and Mgazi, of course, the best daughters a mom could ask for and a Marriage that is Stress-Free On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…...more
@Linda Kwolek Oh gross! I wish I had thought of that!more

Zaffron's In Love... Again

Zaffron's in love. The boy is in 5th grade. Much too old for her, if you ask me. This is what it's like when your second-grader is in love.On the school grounds:...more

Mgazi Puts Her Foot Down

Two of my co-workers got married this year. In the first wedding, my girls were flower girls. They got new dresses, little gifts from the bride, a lot of attention, and cake. They were thrilled....more

Zaffy's 13 Secrets About Boys

We're moving. Which means I'm packing. On Monday, I packed some of the girls' art supplies. Stuffed between some loose sheets of constructions paper, I found this booklet:The Secret's About...more

I Know a Sucker When I See One... in the Mirror

So, I'm at the store waiting in line to buy my stuff, chatting on the phone with my friend, Toni. (How about that for a shout-out, Toni? You do still read this blog, right?)...more

That's Right! I am the Bossity Boss.

Me: Zaffy, go do that incredibly boring thing I told you to do five minutes ago. You know, the same thing you neglected to do ten minutes ago, the first time I asked....more

Zaffron is Leary of Mitt Romney

Russell and I decided to watch the Star Wars series with the kids. We've seen the first two movies (four and five) and we're just about to start the animated series, The Clone Wars, before moving on to the third movie....more

How Many Ways -- and Times -- Can a Mommy Apologize?

So, I accidentally shut the car door on Mgazi's fingers the other day. I am POSITIVE that she was more scared than hurt. Regardless, there was a lot of crying, comforting, and apologizing. She was crying. I was apologizing. She finally calmed down and said, "Mommy, I just don't understand WHY you would do that to me."...more

From Manslaughter to Homicide...

So, a few weeks ago I accidentally crushed an innocent snail and caused irreparable damage to my children. That was nothing. Last night I killed a centipede....more

Zombies vs. Birth Control

I am a mother. I am a wife. I am a professional. I have interests and hobbies. I work out sometimes. I cook at least once a week. Sorry, meant to say I cook at most once a week. But when I do, I cook multiple meals. And I don't do white starches... bonus point!...more