Road Trip Wish List: A Mazda CX-9

This post is sponsored by Mazda CX-9 and BlogHer. Last weekend when we drove from Los Angeles to Big Bear Mountain for our first ski/snowboarding adventure, I found myself wishing we had a much bigger car so the kids didn’t even have to sit next to each other. And looking at the specs of the Mazda CX-9, I realize that as we start planning more road trips in our near future, a car that fits our growing family might be the difference between vacation hell and vacation bliss. ...more

Lower Your Expectations: Tips For Successful Family Road Trips Near or Far

People often put so much pressure on themselves to have a good time on vacation that they stress out too much to actually enjoy it. This has been all too true for me when taking road trips with my husband and kids. As the Chief Executive Trip Planner and Worrier for my family, I have learned the hard way that no matter how much I prepare, something always goes wrong when we travel together. It's better to relax - have a plan, but relax and let the vacation happen. Otherwise I’ll miss it - even though I’m right there. ...more
@Jennifer Lorenzetti That's wonderful, and that is the point of traveling, right? Not to find ...more

Please Vote For a Worthy Children's Charity To Win $1 Million

I get very emotional when I see, read about, or watch on TV a child in pain. A family struggling to accept the reality of an impaired or afflicted child in their lives. An empty crib, clothes that are never worn, a mother who has lost the light of her life.Ah, there is so much misery in the world. Every time there is a natural disaster I have the urge to adopt an orphaned child whose parents were taken in the earthquake/tsunami/AIDS crisis/insert here. Don't tell my husband - we already have two little boys. Someday, when the time is right, I will bring it up....more

A Letter To My Heart

Dear Heart, Simmer down, now.  I know you still feel like you're 22, but look at the body you are in.  You're the heart of a 37-year-old married mother of two who wears yoga pants and sweat jackets as her professional attire.  She listens to The Wiggles in the Mom Car.  She wipes ass for a living.  She has gray hair, smile lines, and a lot more flab in the wrong parts than she used to. You're a good, strong heart, beating healthily in my body.  But lately you are sending the wrong vibe.  Since I started getting emails from my ex-boyfriend of 15 years ago, you are quickening your pace and affecting your neighbors the Lungs, the Sweat Glands, and the entire nervous system. ...more

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