Where to Get a Free iPad for Your Special Needs Child

We all know apps can be great with kids – but what if your budget doesn't allow for the purchase of an iPad itself? Here are some no-cost options for getting your child (especially your child with a disability) an iPad. ...more
For five years I served on the board of directors of a private foundation that gives a ... more

"Downton Abbey", You're A Filthy, Filthy Tease

A lot happened on last Sunday night's Downton Abbey, but perhaps the biggest shock of all came when Masterpiece's Laura Linney announced at the end of the episode that this week would be the season finale. Yikes! Say it isn't so....more
I am NOT ready for the finale. I am NOT ready for what's coming. I am NOT okay with what will ... more

Feeling Too Fat for Family Pictures? Value Family Over Fat!

Listen. I hear you. You're a few pounds heavier than you like (or a 100lbs heavier than you like). I completely understand how you feel. I get that same blah feeling about myself when I think about booking new head shots or long overdue pictures of me and Justin. Precious, I even picked a career that has me permanently behind the camera rather than in front of it. Seeing myself in pictures actually produces the faintest sick feeling in my stomach....more
My friend (who is also a photographer) said, "One day you'll be gone. Your kids will have these ... more

Lying About Birth: Yes, Kate Winslet Should Feel Ashamed

A friend recently brought to my attention, via Facebook, that Kate Winslet apparently just came out as having lied about having a natural childbirth when in fact she had an emergency c-section. She was embarrassed about having had the section. There seems to be a “c-sections are nothing to be embarrassed about” movement stirring up over this which I kind of think is ridiculous....more
Shamed if you do, shamed if you don't...that's how we're supposed to play the game?   After the ... more

Call to Moms: Make an Effort with Your Appearance

I love everything about being a mom except the lack of time I have for myself! There have been countless books, stories, blogs, etc. in regards to this topic, but I want to share all the little details that most of us mommies don't discuss. Like the other day, I went shopping for some quick groceries for dinner and didn't take enough time to look in the mirror. Had I done so, I would have realized that I had finger paint in my hair and on my face....more
Today my socks don't match, my yoga pants have holes, I'm not wearing a bra, my waffle shirt is ... more

The Best and Worst Mom Moments of 2012

Well, it's the last day of 2012. I don't quite know where the year went, but here we are, on the cusp of another year. Before we look ahead, I always like to look back at the year that was and reflect on what happened, how we grew, what went well and, well, what didn't go so well at all. It was a busy year for us -- new house, new school, new stuff all around. I got thinking: What was my best "mom" moment of 2012? And what was my worst?...more
Worst: April through June with my oldest while we were figuring out med changes. It was hell for ... more

Safe: How I'll Talk to My Kids About Newtown

During one of the first weeks of Kindergarten my daughter came home and told me they practiced hiding. Huh? "You know. In case a stranger comes to school, so we be safe," she told me. "Mrs. J locks the door and turns off the lights and we all go to our hiding places." It was all very matter of fact. I asked JP if his class practiced hiding, too. "Oh yeah. It's like a fire drill or tornado drill, you know, just in case." "So we be safe."...more
@ewokmama I'm with you. I'm so grateful our school has a plan in place but I so wish it weren't ... more

Safe: How I'll Talk to My Kids About Newtown

During one of the first weeks of Kindergarten my daughter came home and told me they practiced hiding. Huh? "You know. In case a stranger comes to school, so we be safe," she told me. "Mrs. J locks the door and turns off the lights and we all go to our hiding places." It was all very matter of fact. I asked JP if his class practiced hiding, too. "Oh yeah. It's like a fire drill or tornado drill, you know, just in case." "So we be safe."...more
@Darcie  @Denise  Yesterday I watched  FB and Twitter feeds go from "This is horrifying, our ... more

Safe: How I'll Talk to My Kids About Newtown

During one of the first weeks of Kindergarten my daughter came home and told me they practiced hiding. Huh? "You know. In case a stranger comes to school, so we be safe," she told me. "Mrs. J locks the door and turns off the lights and we all go to our hiding places." It was all very matter of fact. I asked JP if his class practiced hiding, too. "Oh yeah. It's like a fire drill or tornado drill, you know, just in case." "So we be safe."...more
@bellejarblogI guess, for as many times as I say, "WHAT are you doing? That's not safe!" and "Do ... more

10 Great Gift Suggestions for Book Lovers

You would think that people who love books would be easy to shop for but that's not always the case. They love to read but do you always know which books they've read or that they want to read? Probably not. Gift cards for bookstores are always appreciated by a book lover (really!) but sometimes you want to go beyond the gift card. Here are some suggestions for the book lover in your life that are (mostly) not books. ...more
Mentally I've just spent about $10,000. Oh! Happy place! more