Why I Let My 14-Year-Old Move Out

My 14-year-old daughter, DQ, is moving out. It’s weird; I never thought I’d type these words before she turned 18. But here I am, standing by as she packs up her bags and prepares to leave the nest. My nest. The one I have padded with protection and comfort since the day she was born, through a messy divorce, during financially tight times, and in her tumultuous teen years. She is flying the coop with my assistance when I drive her a full three hours away to live with her father. And this might just be the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. ...more
You are an incredibly strong woman. Your post made me cry. As an adult woman with 2 daughters ... more

Why I Hate The Elf On The Shelf

I'm not happy about this post. I love mocking ridiculous things, but I feel most comfortable poking fun at stuff I like. Things like my college football team, my kids' quirks, my brother's ability to get free stuff from anyone he meets, and how my mom identifies herself by name when she leaves me a message. "Oh, hi Amy. This is your mom. Susan." My favorite target is myself. But today I turn my disdain outward, to a society that complains about consumerism and too many commitments, but spends $30 dollars for the privilege of managing the "magic" of a cheaply made stuffed elf during the busiest month of the year....more
OMG! you are so right.  We have an elf and I wake in the middle of the night and panic that we ... more

Taming the Forest: What to Do About Armpit Hair?

I can't raise my arms. You see, I have a small problem. It's a hairy situation, really, what with the forest of growth developing in the pits of darkness. I've got furry armpits. ...more
I am cracking up right now. Good for you for standing up and posting a picture of your fuzzy ... more

Humiliation at the Local Pharmacy

Ever get your hand caught in the razor case at your local CVS pharmacy?No?Never?Well. You're just not livin'.In order to keep my journalistic integrity intact, I need to disclose that it was more than just my hand that got stuck in the razor display case at CVS. It was my hand and halfway up my arm that was stuck in the razor case.Naturally, it wasn't my fault. It is the fault of those razor locker thingies at CVS. They are totally defective and completely useless. I pushed the button and the machine did not dispense my razor blades.Phooey....more
Hysterical, always expect the unexpected. Who know a razor blade case could trap you... Glad to ... more

If You've Ever Traveled with Kids, You Know Why We Look Like This Today

We have a 9-passenger Suburban, fully loaded for a 10-day road trip. There is not much extra space. The least lucky child is the one who has to sit in the third row, directly behind the driver. It is like an obstacle course to get into that spot. It is cramped and never the right temp, and there's usually tears and a fist fight over who has to sit there. Today the 6-year-old sat there. She had the most coveted spot the day before, between the driver and front seat passenger, so today is her day in the back. I am happily barreling down the highway, while the kids play with their electronic devices, read, and listen to music -- all completely happy. Then I hear the WORST possible sentence scream from the middle row....more
That is really funny after the fact. How awful, vomit is the worst.  You handled it like a pro. ... more

Lost Identity: Can I Be a Wife, a Mom and an Employee Right Now?

I have had multiple discussions with some of my friends about "wasted degrees" and being "just a mom" and not "contributing to the household" over the past few months. It's a hard thing to come to terms with, to make sense of at times. Brittany Ann at Living in the Moment recently shared her journey through working and motherhood, with a few military wrenches thrown in for good fun. It was interesting to read through her process to get to where she is today. ...more
I have struggled with that feeling for a long time, especially at my 20 year high school ... more

Top 10 Blogging Tips for Beginners

I'm excited to finally get this post written! I frequently get emails asking for advice on starting a blog, and I always wish I had the time to respond with a really helpful answer, more than just a paragraph. Now I can direct readers to this post. There's obviously a lot more I can learn about blogging, but I definitely have a few thoughts I can share. One of these days I'll do a post about blogging beyond the basics. Until then... ...more
Thank you for the great advise. Really helpful and motivating.  more

Top 10 Blogging Tips for Beginners

I'm excited to finally get this post written! I frequently get emails asking for advice on starting a blog, and I always wish I had the time to respond with a really helpful answer, more than just a paragraph. Now I can direct readers to this post. There's obviously a lot more I can learn about blogging, but I definitely have a few thoughts I can share. One of these days I'll do a post about blogging beyond the basics. Until then... ...more
Thank you for the great post. If really spoke to me and although my blog is small, I am doing it ... more

Making Peace with Scars and My Self-Image

I was in my early forties when I was diagnosed with degenerative osteoarthritis in both hips. Unable to cross a room without two canes or a walker, I couldn't stand at the kitchen counter long enough to open a can of soup, let alone prepare a decent family meal. The pain in my left side was almost unbearable, but I couldn't stomach the pain meds my doctor kept prescribing. Worst of all, my only child was in middle school and I was too exhausted to drive the carpool, let alone volunteer for his extra-curricular activities. ...more
Thank you for sharing your story. Coming to terms with changes in our bodies no matter what the ... more