Brothers by the autumn tree

Every autumn, we take photos in front ofa sweet maple tree outside our homeas the leaves change colors.Karsten: 22 monthsMikko: 9 yearsAlrik: 5 years Comparison with years past: Mikko at 3 Mikko at 4, Alrik at 5 months Halloween superheroes at 5 and 1 6 and 2 At ages 7 and 3 and soon-to-be! First year with all three brothers,ages 8 years, 4 years, and 10 monthsWho's #1?Baby power!Hee hee hee! Thanks for subscribing to Hobo Mama ....more

Do you breastfeed more on the left side?

Breastfeeding on the left side so my right hand is freefor important swiping-related activities. I was curious why button-down shirts tailored to women button right over left whereas men's button left over right, and I came across this article from The Straight Dope by Cecil Adams (emphasis mine): "Buttoning left over right — the man's way — is supposedly easiest for right-handed people. According to legend, women button right over left because in medieval times they were dressed by their right-handed maids ....more

The perfect cat litter for a small space: ARM & HAMMER™ CLUMP & SEAL™ MicroGuard™ Cat Litter + $100 giveaway!

We don't have a lot of space, and we need to fit three litter boxes amidst the chaos of kids' stuff, a home business, and the accoutrements of daily life. We have visitors frequently, so we tried hiding the litter boxes cleverly, but you know who didn't like that? The cats....more

How to manage the mess of renovation in an apartment, condo, or other small indoor space

It's one thing to DIY in a garage or workshop — it's another to paint, sand, saw, and otherwise muck around with no outdoor space to call your own and wall-to-wall beige carpet covering your whole living space.Here's how we've handled doing super-messy and time-consuming projects — painting cabinet interiors and doors, retexturing and painting walls and ceilings, staining and painting furniture, and spray painting hardware — in a second-floor condo with a teensy balcony and no usable uncarpeted area. Tip #1: Choose a less-trafficked area if possible. This might not be possible if your space if super small, but give it a try ....more


I decided Karsten needed his own post of cuteness.Was I right, or was I right? Thanks for subscribing to Hobo Mama. Please feel free to comment on the post & share it with friends! ...more

Family photos in a beach sunset

Every year around Mikko's birthday (usually on),we walk out to the beachfor a special silhouette photo shoot.Here's this year's,with three children standing.Previous years:All five of us For the curious, Alrik decided to color his hair blueto match his YouTube hero, DanTDM.I think it's suits him, don't you?We used a temporary liquid hair chalk,so it was turning aqua by this point.Sun-gildedSweet boysBeautiful sunsetDig in!Deeper…Deeper…Deeper!Yes, this was at Mikko's request.It's all fun and games till a brother shovels sand in your face.(It was an accident.)(He says.)My sweetheart and me,about to celebrate 18 love-filled years of marriageBubbles!Hooray!Throwing rocks with KarstenWhat a lovely beach evening. Thanks for subscribing to Hobo Mama. Please feel free to comment on the post & share it with friends! ...more


The other day, nine-year-old Mikko was intrigued by our returning something to Home Depot. "Are they giving you cash back? Can I have the munz?"I said: "Normally, I'd tell you that it belongs to me, but I'm tempted to now that you've made up a new nickname for money.""Oh, sure, Mama," he said ....more

On branded clothing and parental expectations

Recently I was talking with a nanny who was telling me why the kids she cares for ended up with Sesame Street shoes. She was apologetic in explaining it: It was all they had left! They were on clearance, in their size, so we had to make do!Meanwhile, she full knows my kids are nearly always in head-to-toe character-branded nonsense: My Little Pony Crocs, Minecraft and Five Nights at Freddy's and Star Wars T-shirts, Spider-Man and Power Rangers hoodies, plus assorted accessories ....more

On being five & not wanting to die: Playing through the serious questions

Alrik recently turned five years old. Maybe this engendered a sense of impending mortality, because he's been talking daily about how he doesn't want to die, and doesn't want me to die, and doesn't want family members or pets to die, or really anybody.I think there are two types of people in this world: those who fear death constantly, and those who kind of push it out of their minds to think about occasionally but not obsess. I am one of the former group ....more