Tara R.

I'm a mom and a wife trying to make my way through life. There are a lot of issues that concern me - confuse and amuse me. Come join me on my many and sundry adventures.

Gone but not forgotten

I have a retired blog, one that ran for more than three years. I had over 1,000 posts and nearly 20,000 comments. I'm not saying that in any way to brag, not that it's much to boast about, but only to illustrate that I was actively publishing my stuff there....more
Darcie, and Robin what is working for you, may not be for me. The bloggers that I started with ...more

We Want a Puppy! Shelter or Breeder?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, Our family has decided to get a puppy. We're very excited about this, however, my husband and I are disagreeing about where to get the dog. I want to get one from the city shelter, but he thinks we should get one from a breeder instead. Cost aside ($100 at the shelter vs. $3,000 at the breeder), it just doesn't feel right to me, but he says he feels a dog from a breeder is "safer." What can I do to help him change his mind and give a needy dog a home? Signed, Puppy Love -------------------------------------------...more
Every pet I've owned has been a rescue dog or cat, and they have been full members of my family. ...more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your May Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily May NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
My weekly photo hike was spent playing in the ...more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Open Thread for November NaBloPoMo Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is an open thread for people to post a link to their daily November NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the comment section below to add your post, and peruse the comment section in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
Here are my NaBloPoMo posts so far: Nov. 1: ...more

Are Kids Overmedicated, Really? Interview With Judith Warner, Author of We've Got Issues

This week I sent my daughter off to first grade. She's a happy, well adjusted kid. Sort of not at all like I was. ...more

My son was diagnosed at age 12 with ODC, ADHD and panic anxiety disorder. In hindsight, he had ...more

Make it Count: The Video at BlogHer '10

In honor of tonight's amazing BlogHer 2010 Voices of the Year Gala and Art Auction curated by Kirtsy, we asked the brilliant Katherine Center to make a short movie inspired by the power and beauty of women who blog -- and the difference we could all make together with an auction to help clean up the Gulf of Mexico. ...more

I didn't get a chance to go to BlogHer this year, but was thrilled to be asked to use some of my ...more

Parenting Teens: Piercings and Tattoos?

On the other hand, my 15-year-old daughter wants piercings. Multiple. Belly button, a rod in the ear, various other places -- although not breast or labial, thank God. But I'm not a big fan of piercings, and she trains Muay Thai. I've known girls who had piercings ripped out while sparring. So I told her no. ...more

I have a tattoo so when my daughter said she wanted one, I told her fine, but she had to at ...more

Is 'close' good enough?

I was listening to the news this morning when a report came on about yet another school district implementing 'feel good' grades to hand out to students who aren't necessarily the sharpest tools in the shed....more

are not the ones I worry about regarding any 'feel good' grades. My daughter was not harmed by ...more

: Three day old pizza? Five day old pizza? Where do you draw the expired food line? http://bit.ly/aa0ixL
: My daughter filed a 'lost wages' claim against BP yesterday. She works summers at a seafood restaurant on the Florida Gulf Coast.