The Safety of Sleepovers: I Don't Trust Parents Outside My Circle

Sleepovers have become a thorn in my parental-side. Not actually HAVING them... but letting my children GO to them. Or NOT. And considering what has come to light with politician Michael Gardner... I just want to add my 2 cents about the famed childhood tradition: The Sleepover. Our family is very careful. And I am sure many families are. Though I am always a little knocked to the side when an authentic invite comes when I've not met the parents or have no idea what the inside of their home looks like. ...more
I agree.  Skip the sleepovers.  I mean, why bother?  Can't they hang out and eat pizza and watch ... more

My Most Difficult Blogging Moment

I still remember the shock of it all, and how very personally I took it. I had told myself that it wouldn’t happen to me, that I wasn’t that type. Those kinds of things happened to others, the other kind of people. And, if it did happen to me, I wouldn’t be affected. Other kinds of people were pulled into that, but I’m not other kinds of people. I’m solid and rock steady and sure of myself. Turns out I was that other kind of people. ...more
I agree that it would be a shock to get a negative comment.  I haven't reached that level yet, I ... more

40 Things Learned in 40 Years

A Birthday Eve post: I'm sorry for all the cliches, but they are all true! Here are 40 things I have learned in my 40 full years: 1. I do believe in love at first sight...it happened to me.2. I still feel like I'm 16.3. I'm in better shape now than 10 years ago.4. Family is where my heart is.5. You don't have to be related to be family.6. My kids bring me so much stress and joy at the same time.7. It's okay to say no.8. I think I've lived many lives.9. The grass isn't always greener....more
You have such a positive attitude!  I recently turned 40 and was feeling pretty down about it. ... more

Summer Can Suck It

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I hate summer. I know that makes me seem weird, but I just do. I live in a very hot state and I’m miserable whenever I’m outside in 90 degree plus temperatures. Plus I can't stand the unstructured-ness of the kids being home from school. I wish I wasn't such a malcontent and no fun, so what can I do to get through the summer without being crabby? Signed,Summer Grinch...more
I must say that I have always loved summer.  I love the beach and the long days and BBQs and ... more

How to Build Blog Traffic - Search Engines and SEO

This article is a part of a series of posts on How to Build Blog Traffic (see Intro). One of the key ways that people find your site is through a search engine such as Google, Yahoo, or MSN. Placing highly on Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) when someone is doing a search will almost guarantee lots of traffic of new visitors to your site. In fact, search engine results placement is so important for the business models of thousands of web-based companies that an entire industry of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) professionals exists to advise people on how to score better in the search returns. ...more
I always learn something new when I read tips about SEO.  This time around, it was about the ... more

Use Your Words!

How many times have you heard another mom say, "Now Sammy, use your words?" How many times have you said it? I think, perhaps, that this absolutely hysterical bit of comedy from Darlene Westgor at Rooftop Comedy serves as a reminder to be careful what you ask for... because you just might get it!...more
That is hilarious.  I also cannot stand it when I hear other moms saying, "USE YOUR WORDS."  It ... more