What A Stay-At-Home Mom's Annual Salary Should Really Be (INFOGRAPHIC)

Stay-at-home mom is a job difficult to put a salary on. In fact, moms accomplish many jobs each day to take care of their children and those jobs require certain skills that are, more often than not, undervalued....more

The Recipe Worked, But I'm Exhausted

I am not afraid of my kitchen.  I will experiment with new recipes even though my kids are deathly afraid of food.  They enjoy grilled cheese, hamburgers, cereal, chicken nuggets, etc. and I completely blame my mother-in-law for that only because she doesn't have a computer and she doesn't read my blog. ...more

Top 7 Unintended Consequences of Becoming a Stay-at-Home Mom

I'm not sure exactly what I was thinking at the precise instant my first precious child took his first breath of air, but I'm fairly sure it was an in-the-moment concern. "Will I be a good mother?", I may have wondered as my husband cut the umbilical cord. "Jesus, how long will the kid's head look like a zucchini?", could have even crossed my mind as the nurse plopped him on the scale. I am confident, however, that I wasn't considering the important stuff....more
This is so funny and, unfortunately for me, so true!more

Time for School: The Mid-Day Tea Parties Had to End Sometime

Since my youngest associate will be leaving the office to explore new opportunities, Tuesday marks the start of my new job. While my hours will be better, the pay will still stink. I have over 8 years experience of having a child at home, so the thought of not having one at home with me during the day is going to take some getting used to. ...more
@JanetD Sorry to hear about your bad luck but glad to hear you had such an amazing summer!more

5 Ways to Encourage New Moms

The one thing I didn't expect to feel is lonely. And mentally exhausted. And the need to see just a snippet of my old self through spit-up covered clothes, feeding schedules, and baby toys scattered through the living room. And as a new mom, it's hard to know what to expect. Yes, even with all of the 'What to Expect' books out there....more
@nikonMom So true! I felt that way a lot in the first couple of months. It's comforting to know ...more

The moment I realized that I had become a Mean Mommy.

So there is a moment in every mom’s life that she realizes that she has indeed been, as I describe it, a ‘mean mommy’. There was a defining moment in my life as a mother, where I realized that I indeed had turned into a mean mommy, and I decided to do something about it. I vowed to never judge or criticize another mom again, cause you never know where life will take you or what challenges you and your family will endure. This will make more sense as your read about my own ‘mean mommy’ moment.A few years back I was in line at the liquor store around the holidays....more

The Mothering Job - Yes, the Mom Holiday is Over but Shouldn't Everyday be our Day?

...When rooms are trashed and eyes are rolled, love is there. MORE...more

Hopes for Myself as a Mother

It’s an odd place to get parenting advice, but the best story regarding mothering I ever heard was from Penn Jillette on Marc Maron’s podcast WTF. Penn talked about how his mother’s philosophy was that she loved and cherished her children for who they were, from the moment of birth, and never for what they did. She delighted in their joys, but it was never about accomplishments....more

Taking Blogger Engagement to the Next Level – the Blogger On-Site Tour

By Janette Speyer, Web Success TeamOnline marketing is an ever-changing landscape. We are always force to find creative ways to keep our customer’s brands front of consumers. In the spirit of eternal testing, we hosted a Blog On-Site Tour for our client Superior Source Vitamins....more