Intentional Parenting Can Wait

I stood at the white picket gate in the backyard and felt it rising in me, from even deeper than the pit of my stomach. That unwanted feeling that I have become more familiar with than I ever wanted to be. Shame. I had snapped, again. I barked at the little face in front of me about being told to close the gate so the dog doesn't get out. I issued ultimatums that this was the last time I was getting up to help him fetch the ball from the neighbor's yard. Next time he was out of luck. I sighed that I just wanted to relax for a few minutes, and he was making that impossible. ...more
I had not heard about the "intentional parenting" thing. Perhaps because my youngest of 3 just ...more

5 Ways to Alleviate Anxiety

That pounding heart, cold hands and feet, panic of unknown origin feeling – I get that. That’s my anxiety response. Sometimes I understand where it’s coming from, and sometimes it hits me out of the blue. ...more

Beginner's Guide to Meal Planning

I get asked about meal planning a lot. I get asked about if it is easy, if it saves me money, if it saves me stress. Yes, yes, and yes. Meal planning is one of those skills that I am confident I rock at. ...more

Things That Can Go in the Dishwasher or Washing Machine

We got a puppy this past fall. She’s adorable. And a puppy. So we have had a love/hate relationship with her at times. We love how cute, and sweet, and smart she can be. But we have hated the housebreaking, and wild energy, and puppy teething we have gone through. ...more
JulieRyan Or you can just put them in a cup of peroxide or Listerine overnight.more

24: A Mama Drama

So the television show 24 is back for another season. Millions of people are anxiously awaiting the next narrow escape or bad ass move by Jack Bauer. My life certainly doesn't contain moments of national security or bomb disarming, but it’s absolutely as action-packed at times. ...more

Mom's Potato Salad

One of the things I remember from growing up is my dad always saying my mom made the best potato salad in the world. I’ve been wanting to make my mom’s potato salad for some time now, but the things is, my mom didn’t use a recipe. She just knew what to add and how much. So it was not in my box of recipe cards I had copied from her box of cards years earlier. I checked with my sister, but she didn’t have the recipe, either. So I tried to go from memory....more
My mom is deceased and I regret never learning her Puerto Rican recipes. Pernil (roasted pork), ...more

Advice for My Boys

My days are often filled with telling my boys things. Please close the door. That Lego sword is not meant to go in your ear. Or your nose. Please put underwear on. That's meant to be a snack, not a meal. Ya know - the things you tell boys all day long.  Sometimes the constant chatter of the everyday life of raising little humans, leaves me too tired to really tell them the things I want them to know. The lessons to really help them in life, not just protect their ears (and their rears). ...more

9 Apps I Can't Live Without

I've admitted before I am a bit addicted to my phone. In my defense, my phone actually makes me far more efficient than before I had it. I can work from anywhere, which really is both a blessing and a curse. Nevertheless, I have some apps I absolutely love. So for this edition of Things I'm Loving, I'm focusing on the apps I'm loving right now. ...more
Libra White Thanks!!more

Best Burger Recipes

Summer time is grill time in our family. And the classic cheeseburger makes its appearance on our weekly menu plan at least once every couple weeks, if not more. ...more