Has TV Violence and Crime Gone Too Far?

Excuse me for a moment while I think like a total prude, but I am rather concerned about a question I have been thinking about a lot lately... has TV gone too far? The internets were buzzing recently about a controversial episode of The Walking Dead ("Just look at the flowers..."). I won't discuss the specific circumstances of the episode, however a simple Google search of the line I quoted will explain everything. But what exactly is too far for a violent and gory show about walking dead? If you did that Google search, you know the answer. ...more
I do not watch tv. I have never been a fan, even as a child. We only own 1 tv and do not have ...more

3 Annoying Toys My Toddler Loves

When I was pregnant, everybody was so busy laughing at how I would never get sleep again that they forgot to warn me about how annoying toys are. Toys are great when you’re a kid playing with them, but when you are the parent replacing batteries, gluing parts back together again, or unexpectedly stepping on something toys cease to be fun.I challenged myself to select three, ONLY three, toys my toddler loves that really frustrate, annoy, and torture me....more

Simple Guide to Making a Learning Basket at Home

It amazes me how quickly children grow and develop. One day you celebrate a few mumbles that sound like the word mama and soon enough they are learning their alphabet.As a former teacher, I have been impatiently waiting to share some wonderful learning activities with my son that I used in my classroom. One activity I used frequently (especially when students were bored) was a Learning Basket....more

9 Things You Could Learn From the School of Parenting

You can go to school to learn lots of things beyond basic academics, but you can’t go to school to learn how to be a perfect parent.There is no school of parenting.Although we all try to prepare ourselves for raising our little humans, books and friendly advice can never prepare us for the moment when we clean poop off of our floors (totally just happened today… again). Parenting is learned through experiences like having Goldfish crackers in the bottom of your purse that can always be eaten....more

If Moms had a Fashion Week

So New York Fashion Week has been happening (concludes today) and I have seen lots of pretty things, but the problem is those pretty things aren’t exactly practical for moms. What if moms had a fashion week?Imagine if moms really did look like expressionless runway models. Our kids would be terrified. Grocery store aisles could be catwalks, we could zip out of hair and make-up and straight out the door, and it wouldn’t matter if our top matched our bottoms because we’d call it ‘fashion.’...more

The Other Odd Members of our Family

Our family consists of myself, my husband, and my son but it seems nowadays that we have a few other members of our family who seem to be equally important despite the fact that they aren’t actually human (or even an animal). In fact, they aren’t living things at all....more

Signs We Might be Doing Nap Time Wrong

Under normal circumstances, I love nap time!  However, lately nap time has involved a lot less napping.I was looking at photos of my son back in our breastfeeding days and I fondly remembered a time when he would fall asleep in my arms with a full belly. It seems like so long ago I can hardly believe that used to happen with regularity....more

Geeking Out Over British Television

I have been a nerd since before it was hip to call yourself a nerd. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Luke Skywalker was my husband, I researched dinosaurs for fun, and I still wear glasses. What’s worse, is I am a total fangirl for British television. Perhaps it’s the actors or puffy shirts, but my most favorite television is the British-kind.Just to satisfy my excitement and share that with you, here is what to watch and when to watch! ...more
I am a huge fan of Sherlock, and have been a Dr Who fan since the original series was running on ...more

Why Mom Needs to Have a Sense of Humor

I was reminded a few days ago when my son spontaneously vomited how little I know about being a mom. Just when I think I have been exposed to a significant number of ‘learning experiences’ I am inevitably surprised with a new one. Although being a mom is certainly one of the toughest jobs there is (I mean after all, we’re growing people and responsible for their well being and happiness… but hey, no pressure) if you don’t have a sense of humor about it, the job is almost impossible to survive....more

Downside to Having an Independent Child

Independent children are great, but what happens when independence becomes defiance?...more