Bratty, Indulged Kids: Does Wealth Excuse Bad Behavior?

The setting: A 5-star ski resort, for a family trip to enjoy some time together eating, relaxing, and skiing. The players: My husband and I, both in our 50′s. Our three kids, ages 25, 22, and 18. We are fortunate to be a well-traveled group. Act I: Our Story Begins 6:50 AM: Running, yelling, fighting. Doors banging. Doors opening, banging shut again. More running. More yelling. Knocking. Running. Screaming. ...more
PS although I might have stolen the soccer ball LMAO! more

Bratty, Indulged Kids: Does Wealth Excuse Bad Behavior?

The setting: A 5-star ski resort, for a family trip to enjoy some time together eating, relaxing, and skiing. The players: My husband and I, both in our 50′s. Our three kids, ages 25, 22, and 18. We are fortunate to be a well-traveled group. Act I: Our Story Begins 6:50 AM: Running, yelling, fighting. Doors banging. Doors opening, banging shut again. More running. More yelling. Knocking. Running. Screaming. ...more
I have experienced this on cruise ships that have curfews that go ignored, dress codes in dining ... more

Fat, Thin, Healthy - Which is it?

Society says that thin people are fit people. I'm not talking 'healthy', I'm talking 'fit'. You can argue if you want, but you know it is true. All those health and fitness magazines don't have large size models. But, many of us DO know that a larger person isn't necessarily an unhealthy person just as being thin doesn't make you healthy or physically fit. ...more
I am a very thin person who once was not. I can tell you that thin does not mean fit. I am ... more

My Special Morning Sickness: Anxiety

Every muscle in my body is tight. One knot on top of the other binding together. I swallow hard until my throat feels like it's forcing down a softball. Curled up on my side, my eyes are squeezed shut.Maybe if I change position I will be able to breathe. I have to do this quickly, no slow movement will be successful.I heave myself over from my left side to my right, while simultaneously gasping for air.That didn't help....more
 @edavis The doses of Magnesium actually SOLVED it. Now when I don't take it for a few days the ... more

However You Feel About Snooki, Don't Wish a Miscarriage on Her

The rumor mill is buzzing with word of Snooki’s alleged pregnancy and possible engagement to Jionni LaVelle -- which she confirmed on March 7. Quite honestly, I don’t care. I can proudly say that I have never watched a minute of Jersey Shore, though I know too much about it because my husband somehow became addicted. The only reason I am choosing to address the now-confirmed-rumors is this: Snooki’s ex-boyfriend, Emilio Masello, apparently wished for the reality TV star to have a miscarriage. ...more
This has been so on my mind lately, miscarriage, not Snooki. I just blogged about it yesterday ... more

Do You Like Your Name?

In Eleanor Brown's The Weird Sisters, the three sisters felt defined by their names and their roles within the family dynamic. Due to being named after characters in Shakespeare's plays, the sisters felt that their roles had been chosen for them. ...more
I love my name "Julianna". I was always annoyed that, according to family legend, my father ... more