Cool Tools for Updos!

Summer is basically upon us, and for a lot of us ladies that means we will be rockin' ponytails for the majority of the next three months or so. Personally, I like to wear my hair down most of the time and I usually curl the ends with a curling iron. My hair is crazy thick, so this looks usually tends to have a decent amount of volume and I like it a bunch....more
It's called the Bandette Comb. more

Why Moms Don't Shower

I’m a stay-at-home-mom. Yes, I work from home as well, but my primary duties are to my little monster boy. He’s 2-and-a-half. I have been known to go one, two, three even four days without showering. Yea, yea, gag, gross, whatever. But let me tell you the story of today and then see which you gag more at -- me not showering for days or the aftermath of one 15 minute shower....more
I usually wait till my husband comes home and shower after dinner. Except that I'm pregnant and ... more

6 Ways You Can Avoid Gender Stereotypes of Your Kids

Kids, new research is telling us, pick up very early on what sort of behavior is appropriate for girls and boys. Even before they learn to talk, they’ve absorbed multiple messages about the role of the sexes. Young kids start out with a wide-ranging curiosity, and learn all sorts of things from the world around them. But as this period closes, kids enter the culture created by adults, a culture that guides them into areas the adults think appropriate. ...more
Oh please.  I'm woman.  My mom stayed home to raise my brother and I while my dad worked, ... more

"It's Not Fair to the Normal Kids." Are You Kidding Me, Lady?

I told her that my son has autism and she responded, "oh, my nephew is autism." Yes, she said it like that -- should have been my first clue. She continued: "They try to stick him in with the normal kids, but I just don't think it makes any sense. It's not doing ANYONE any good having him with NORMAL kids...." ...more
I think it won't be as bad as you're dreading. Of course the ignorant people are always the ... more

To the Lady in the Food Court: Thank God You're Not Her Mother

I heard you loud and clear. I heard you above the screaming of my child (she was quite loud) in the noisy food court. If you happen across this blog, you know who you are. You are the person who said to her friend "If that were my daughter..." You might remember me because I actually stopped for a second at your table looked you in the eye and proudly stated, "That is my daughter and she is autistic."...more
Great job, mom! Some people are just so ignorant. I'm glad you said something to her. more

Rosemary-Lemon Cookies with an Olive Oil Glaze

If you like cookies to be boring and simple, this post is not for you.If you think that caramel is better without the addition of salt, you have no tastebuds and this post is also not for you....more
Not only did you tempt me with an amazing recipe, but you had me cracking up the whole time ... more

Who Says Moms Have to Have Sensible Hair?

Last week, I was getting my hair cut for the first time in forever and the college girl washing it was asking about my children. While I was telling her, she suddenly remarked, “You’re the only person I’ve seen who has kept their hair this long after having kids.” In her voice there was a slight note of disapproval, like maybe it was time for me to think about a more sensible haircut....more
I'll never wear my hair short either. Sure, it winds up pulled back in a ponytail more often ... more

12 fail-proof resolutions for 2012

Seems everybody and his dog is pledging this and resolving that as the year comes to a close. That's cool. So let me begin this final blog post of 2011 with a round of applause for those who resolve to rid themselves of extra pounds or bad habits (smoking, drinking, chronic lateness). Same goes for those who vow to get organized in 2012 or spend more time with family and friends ... and their dogs. As for me, well, I've got a slightly different list. I hereby pledge not to: 1. Grow a ponytail. 2. Dye my hair....more
I have a similar method for creating to-do lists. I like to put a few things I've already done ... more

Ladies, This Word Needs To Be Banned.

Deep Inside its core, the cupcake developed a bitter sludge due to "Yummy!" abuse....more
I think "yummy" is a great word. I think a good writer would be more likely to abstain from ... more

Marathon Mom Delivers Baby After Completing 26.2 Mile Race in Chicago

Some people are just show-offs.Amber Miller accomplished two monumental feats this weekend. First, the 27-year-old Illinois woman joined 45,000 other runners to participate in Sunday's Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Then, hours after crossing the finish line, she gave birth to a baby girl at a nearby hospital. Baby June weighed in at a healthy 7 pounds, 13 ounces....more
That just sounds irresponsible to me. more