How To Wine Your Way Through Football Season

Whether you're a huge football fan or you don't even know a touch pass from the score zone (both of which are probably very real things, I'm pretty sure), football season is here. For many folks, that means it's time to watch their favorite teams battle it out and, more importantly, it's time to stuff their faces with classic tailgating foods like nachos and chicken wings. See? ...more

Can you survive cold season with kids?

Cough and cold season is here, and I'm teaming up with Boogie Wipes and Saline Soothers to help you and your family feel better faster with a Cough & Cold Giveaway. When Kids Get Sick From the first sniffle to feeling downright sick, Boogie Wipes has tips, tricks and hacks to guide you through the entire cough and cold season (including great information on how to keep germs from spreading between siblings!) Click here to read through their cough and cold survival guide and be prepared for the season. When YOU Get Sick It's bad enough when your kids aren't feeling well, but when you aren't feeling well, it's downright miserable ....more

20 Things You Never Want To Hear From Your Kids

There are few things as important to parents as communication with our kids. From the time they’re born we can’t wait to hear what they’re thinking—like what’s going on in their heads when they spend 20 minutes laughing crazily at a beam of sunshine, and why do they insist on eating random things they find on the sidewalk?!? We want them to understand us when we say, “Don’t put your gum on the dinner table—this is why we can’t have nice things!” and for them to be able to just tell us what’s bothering them instead of screaming inconsolable toddler-babble about it for two hours straight ....more

37 Ways To Fail At Perfection

If you've spent much time on this planet, at some point or another you've felt pressure to be perfect. Maybe that pressure was coming from someone else, and maybe it was coming from within yourself—a little teenage-you voice inside your head telling you that a pimple on the end of your nose was the end of the world, or a mom-you voice saying that you should do more baking or crafting or that you should actually be able to remember all your kid's friends' moms' names, which frankly I don't even think is scientifically possible—but one way or another we've all felt the pressure to be more. Be better ....more

The Ultimate Automated Dial-In Menu For Moms

As much as I hate getting stuck on the phone with a robotic voice every time I try to call the cable company, I understand why it’s a necessary evil. I mean, they can’t possibly have a real person field millions of random requests and complaints 24 hours a day! Hmmm… ....more

My Kid Is Doing Honesty Wrong

I swear, I try my best to raise my kids right. Well, maybe "try" and "my best" are a bit too strong. And "right" isn't exactly...more

5 Ways to Preserve a Happy Marriage

If there's one thing I'm great at, prior divorce notwithstanding, it's being married. I know a lot of people say marriage requires a lot of work, but I'm not one of them. Maintenance, maybe, but "work" makes it sound like an endless stream of constant drudgery, when in fact research suggests that a solid marriage is actually only 5% drudgery and 80% awesomeness, with a 15% margin of error to allow for how I feel about it when I'm PMSing ....more

How To Get the Most Out Of Your Ugly Christmas Sweater

I was the proud owner of an ugly Christmas sweater a number of years ago, which I purchased as a joke (aren't they always?) and wore proudly...exactly once. Don't get me wrong—I love the humor of a ridiculously ugly holiday sweater, and we all know I'm far from afraid to embarrass myself for a good laugh. But I'd never bought another one because I thought, "Why spend money on something I'll only wear once and then stick in a drawer until next year?" I'm willing to bet you've thought the same thing yourself ....more

My Worst-Kept Cleaning Secret

The life cycle of clutter begins with small, manageable collections of things you’ll deal with later: a neat stack of mail you don’t have time to read, a broken toy you can’t fix right now because it’s lunch time, a few pairs of shoes that seem to multiply by the door. The collections grow. Neat stacks become piles ....more

There's More Than One Way To #WIN at Potty Training

I'm teaming up with Kandoo to share a fun way to celebrate the potty training process, plus a chance to win one of 50 Potty Training Prize Packs. Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter to win one of 50 Potty Prize Kits from Kandoo! Hosting your own potty training party is easy! ...more