I Broke Up With My Best Friend

Three years ago, I broke up with my best friend. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done—we've known each other for thirty-five years. I know it was the right decision, but there are many days when I still miss her....more
My best friend of 20+ years broke up with me four years ago. Not a day goes by that I don't miss ... more

A Letter To My Neighbors About My Yard: There's a Reason for It

Dear Busybody Neighbors,This is a letter to you, the ones that made a huge fuss over the state of chaos that was our yard after several tons of oak tree smashed our house during Hurricane Irene, the ones who welcomed us back to the neighborhood the very day we arrived home after our 10 months of refugee-living (while our house was being rebuilt) by reminding us that we had one week to clean up the yard before the America In Bloom garden snob judges came to town. There are many of you in this neighborhood. I know because I've had you pull over to remind us that our grass needs mowing even when it is only an inch or two taller than yours. I've seen you scoff at the toys scattered on the porch and the general unruliness of our yard....more
Oh. My. I'm so sorry to say that we have the same neighbors! This year, I put up Pink Flamingos ... more

A CEO Called Me Because I Didn't Respond to His PR Team

Over the weekend I picked up a voicemail from the CEO of a company that had sent me a product for review last November. Curious, I called him back. It seems his PR team told him they hadn't heard back from me when they followed up. I told him he needed a new PR team, and we had a frank talk about how to work with bloggers: Just stop following up....more
Please tell me you billed him for your time! That was a great lesson you gave him! more

No, I'm Not "Okay". I'm Going Through A Divorce!

I walked into Starbucks this morning to grab breakfast before heading to a therapy appointment and ran into a friend of mine from the homeschool co-op I used to belong to. I was happy to see her, and she offered a hug, which I gladly accepted.She then looked meaningfully at me and said, “So how are you? Are you and ex still separated?”...more
I want to smack her for you. more

The Cooperation Jar: Fostering Sibling Bonds One PomPom at a Time

"Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable."- Kenyan Proverb "Mine, mine, mine!" If you ever feel like you're surrounded by the seagulls on Finding Nemo, say I. ...more
I'm curious as to why you take away pom poms that they've earned for doing "good" when they make ... more

A Working Mother's Changing Priorities: Why I Quit my Job after 3 Days

I have been working part-time for the past five years. Why? Since my kids were born, I haven’t been able to commit 100% to the world of the "Working Women." I’m now part of the “Mommy World,” which means very long hours, no pay, lots of sacrifice, and the ultimate reward of pure love. It also means wearing comfortable fleece or yoga clothes, "natural" hair in a ponytail, and un-sexy flat shoes (aka flip flops and UGGs). ...more
When my son was born, I was working a part-time position that was suffocating the life out of ... more

Single Mom Budget Crisis

Month after month, it goes like this:...more
I think a lot of people can relate to this - whether they are divorced or not. If you qualify ... more

Could I Actually Become a Full-Time Blogger?

"You want to do what? Can you really make money at that?" is the reaction I usually get when I talk about wanting to leave the 9-to-5 world to stay home and become a full-time blogger. It’s said in the same condescending “Oh, that’s cute” voice used when a three-year-old says she wants to be the next president or pop star. Now don’t get me wrong, my family and friends are supportive of my blog and writing, but many view it as more of a hobby than something “real.” But I know it’s real. So the question is, do I have what it takes to leave the work world I’ve known and make a-go of this, writing in my space and picking up freelance work because of my blog? ...more
Start living on one income today - put your paycheck in the bank and do not touch it. On ... more

Can't Make It to BlogHer '13? Join BlogHer at Home!

We know there are a lot of you who can't make it to BlogHer '13, but we don't want you to miss out on everything! I look forward to connecting with you on Twitter, but there's more to BlogHer at Home -- like giveaways! ...more
I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/naptimeismytime/status/360442788506120192 more

Can't Make It to BlogHer '13? Join BlogHer at Home!

We know there are a lot of you who can't make it to BlogHer '13, but we don't want you to miss out on everything! I look forward to connecting with you on Twitter, but there's more to BlogHer at Home -- like giveaways! ...more
Thanks so much for thinking for those of us at home (again)! more