Why I Gave Into Character Clothing

It all started with potty training. Of course I bought Manny some Cars and Thomas undies, and he was thrilled. At that point, he was at the age where he was really starting to "have a voice," to put it delicately. And by "have a voice," I mean it was impossible to get him dressed without a wrestling match if it wasn't what he wanted to wear. So the characters began with the undies and some pajamas, and then a new character shirt here or there. And suddenly, it seems the character shirts have taken over his closet. If given the choice, it's what he'll always choose to wear. And most days? I let him....more
My daughter has the cutest Doc McStuffins dress, and this is from someone who, like you, was ... more

Dear Racists, Was the Volkswagen Commercial YOUR Idea or What?

Dear Racists, Apparently, this Volkswagen commercial from the Super Bowl was indeed racist. Please tell us if this is some of your racist handiwork, or even something you would use to spread your racism. ...more
Anyone who is offended by that offends me by being offended. It's so light-hearted and there is ... more

Nanny Arrested in NYC Murders: Surround This Mom Blogger with Love

There are certain things in this life that I simply never want to understand. Here are a few: What life feels like to live without your children. The bone-crushing guilt that must accompany any decision that led to your children being harmed -- no matter that your choices were rational, the best any mother could do. The ridicule, finger-pointing, and judgment of complete strangers when your family tragedy becomes national news. Knowing that Marina Krim, a mother in New York City whose two children were allegedly murdered by their nanny, is dealing with all of those feelings -- and more -- makes my heart break. But I have hope....more
This has sickened me all day. My mind keeps circling back to how the family must feel. That poor ... more

8 Simple Rules For Moms Visiting Their Adult Children

Yesterday, I had the experience of hosting my mother for the day while she visited with Firecracker. Without giving away too many personal facts, I'll just say that the best part of the visit is that I now have a new blog post subject. So, here is a list of 8 Simple Rules for Visiting Your Adult Daughter (Or Son). This isn't a cry for sympathy, but just a simple "How To," I hope to remember when Firecracker is grown. I tried to make it a little funny, but it's probably too serious....more
This post really hit home for me! My mom (how i love her!) does all of these things. I want to ... more

When Your Kids' Camp Doesn't Take Sunscreen Seriously

Earlier this week, I caught wind of the Michener kids, who got severe sunburns after a field day spent without sunscreen due to a state law preventing adults from applying sunscreen to kids (even if they have the required prescription to put the sunscreen on in the first place). I thought to myself, "At least I don't have to worry about that." YES, THAT IS FORESHADOWING....more
OHMYGOODNESS! Poor kiddo! I have transparent skin myself so I know her pain. People make fun of ... more

To The Suicidal Stroller Moms Who Think They Own Our Subdivision

Dear Stroller Moms, Since we first moved to this subdivision, I have consistently seen your group during the mornings I either look out my window or actually step out of my house. I’m not friends with any of you, nor do I have any intention of becoming so. First of all, I won’t qualify given that my son no longer needs a stroller; and second, I have come to the realization that I’m better off pursuing fitness activities by my lonesome. But that’s actually the problem. I don’t think you’re walking around the subdivision with your strollers, sporting your sporty outfits, for fitness’ sake. And how do I know this? It’s because every time I see you, you are walking quite leisurely and all three of you are walking side by side… like you own the freakin’ road!!...more
Love it! We have women like this in our neighborhood and they defy reason. I totally wish you ... more

Stop Inviting My Kid to Church: Religion Is Not for Children

Recently, a few of Miss N's friends have been sincerely inviting her to church. This part will be touchy for people who do not believe the same as we do and I respect that; I'll raise my kids and you can raise yours. I do not think religion is for children. I think that they should be exposed to the beliefs of all people, and while I will tell my children "this is what Mommy and Daddy believe," I do not expect her to believe the same thing. I'll ask Miss N what she thinks -- and she has some really amazing thoughts on the matter -- but I will not tell her she is wrong if she disagrees with me about the big beliefs....more
I whole-heartedly agree with this. There is no reason to shove anything down someone's unwilling ... more

Should Salons Have Child Free Policies?

Have you and your children ever been turned away from somewhere? Not because the kids are being loud and obnoxious. But just because they EXIST. That’s what happened to me today....more
I don't beleive parents and children should be turned away from food industries unless of course ... more

Working Moms: Don't Say This!

It continues to amaze me the things we say as women (that men would NEVER say). Take some of the darndest things that working moms say for instance. Read on to see if you're guilty of saying these things. ...more
I agree. WE are still the ones raising our children, working or not. YOU are the one determining ... more

The Shame of Addiction: Are Parents to Blame for Their Kids' Addiction?

My brother is a heroin addict. I am not ashamed of this. I do not hide from it and I speak openly about it. I write a different blog that talks about the effects his addiction has on my life, my husband’s life, and my family’s life. Even though I speak about his addiction, many do not. Many people are ashamed of the addict in their family. Many people hide the fact that addiction has affected them in some way. I don’t. I am not ashamed. I did nothing to make my brother an addict. My parents did nothing to make him an addict. He choose his path and we pay....more
I am so grateful for your honestly in this post. I have a meth addict for a brother. He is not ... more