Can I Be That Mom? Saying No to Chick-Fil-A and Boy Scouts

My children -- while they definitely won’t have the problem of having restricted cartoon viewing or lack of alcohol exposure may, despite my best efforts, still come out of childhood feeling slighted. It’s hard to explain to your eight-year-old why you won’t match her in wearing her Susan B. Komen regalia when she thinks it’s so cool. To your ten year old why you don’t want him to be a Scout. To either of them why chicken nuggets and waffle fries have to be passed over....more
@heidi.hess.saxton @nighlon I fail to see how the sexual behaviours of two legal aged and ... more

Can I Be That Mom? Saying No to Chick-Fil-A and Boy Scouts

My children -- while they definitely won’t have the problem of having restricted cartoon viewing or lack of alcohol exposure may, despite my best efforts, still come out of childhood feeling slighted. It’s hard to explain to your eight-year-old why you won’t match her in wearing her Susan B. Komen regalia when she thinks it’s so cool. To your ten year old why you don’t want him to be a Scout. To either of them why chicken nuggets and waffle fries have to be passed over....more
I agree with you. Because I want my kids to understand that my money makes a difference in our ... more

Jill Shalvis's Latest Book Hits Multiple Best Seller Lists + More

Jill Shalvis, blogger at Author Jill Shalvis and featured in the photo below, released her book Lucky in Love last month. The book hit the USA Today bestseller list and the New York Times bestseller list. Additionally, it made the NYT ebook list and the NYT ebook/print combined list. ...more

Good Morning y'all! I have a root canal planned for this morning. What are you guys up to? (insert eye roll here)

Good Morning y'all! I have a root canal planned for this morning. What are you guys up to? (insert eye roll here) ...more
Fun. Good luck. I had two done but they were painless since the tooth infection killed the nerve. :/ more

An international firefighter site shared our drunk driver post on FB and, holy moly, we got so much support over night!

An international firefighter site shared our drunk driver post on FB and, holy moly, we got so much support over night! ...more
Wow, that's wonderful. Drunk driving is a sore spot for me, lost a friend because of a drunk ... more

Am I Creating Class Warfare in My Own Community?

We are doing pretty well. ...more
@Rita D Those are good points about financial management. But can we also acknowledge that ... more

When the Bully Wins: Why Was This Allowed to Happen to My Daughter?

On the advice of legal counsel, I am temporarily pulling this post.  I hope you understand. Audrey *************...more
I just sobbed my eyes out and hugged my two daughters after reading this. I'm sending my hugs ... more

Weeping at What John Cusack Did to Poe in "The Raven"

I apparently have to break my Friday night date with John Cusack. And I'm not happy about it.I mean, what do you do when a long-awaited movie rakes in horrible reviews? At this point all I know to do is wallow in melancholy and longing, mourning my lost love John-Cusack-as-Edgar-Allan-Poe. Or at least my lost Friday Night Movie Date John-Cusack-as-Edgar-Allan-Poe. Nevermore, John, Nevermore....more
Go and see it. As a Baltimore girl for many a year and a Poe fan, I will be and I never go see ... more

Not Everyone Had a "Mother" to Celebrate

I had a mother once, but not a real mother. She gave birth to me, but almost anyone can do that. I know deep, deep down, under and inside and probably wrapped up inside of something else and hidden in a corner of her, there was love for me.I believe in childbirth we give up the body of the child, but left behind is this powerful seed. Some people tend to it and embrace it as a gift. Not everyone does. Not everyone has a mom who paid attention to that burning in their chests and aching in their stomachs and inability to get your mind to rest at night. Not every new mother understands that this tiny baby is theirs and you are going to give up anything you have to just to keep it safe and to let it know it is loved....more
I cannot sparkle this enough. I wish I could open up like you just did and share why this hit ... more

Dear Daughter

"You know spies; they're a bunch of bitchy little girls." -- Burn Notice Dear Daughter: You should know that you are hated. I'm not sure why they hate you. You didn't do anything to them. You don your princess crown, take up your sword, and pretend at Pokemon. You read your books and you learn how to draw comics and dragons and you play piano and practice kung fu. You delight in pretty dresses and weaponry. You love me when I nurture you as a mom, train with you as a warrior, and play video games and card games with you. ...more
This. One thousand... No, one million times this. You stole the words out of my mouth that I ... more