Yes Virginia, there’s an elf on my shelf

“Using an elf to force good behavior is bad parenting;” “Ain’t nobody got time for that;” and my personal favorite, “That elf is just freakin’ creepy.” I’ve got a ton of reasons why the elf stays on our shelf as part of our family’s Christmas tradition. HOP ON OVER TO BLUNT MOMS AND READ ABOUT WHY WE’RE STILL “THAT ELF FAMILY.” And, Merry Christmas!...more

When it comes to menopause, ovesharing is caring

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Tidings of Comfort and Selfishness - A Christmas List for Self-Centered Women

Motherhood is inherently selfless. Since I have these small, sticky humans in my life that follow me around, I don’t always get to put myself first. In fact, I hardly ever put myself first, which sucks because even though motherhood is inherently selfless, I am not. I am wired to be selfish and although it stings a little to admit it, putting my kids first is not something that comes natural....more

Tidings of Comfort and Selfishness

Motherhood is inherently selfless. Since I have these small, sticky humans in my life that follow me around, I don’t always get to put myself first. In fact, I hardly ever put myself first, which sucks because even though motherhood is inherently selfless, I am not ....more

Santa won't come, your face will freeze like that and other lies I tell my kids

Someone once said “I believe in being honest with my kids, 101 percent.”That someone wasn’t me. I lie to my kids all the time.  I’m not just talking about the trifecta of deception:  Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.  I don’t creatively bend the truth.  I straight up lie like Pinnochio.  Am I ashamed?  No.  Lying to my kids saves my sanity, not to mention time and money.  And sometimes, it’s just fun to eff with them a little.Here are seven of my go-to’s:...more

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite #sponsored by Bed Bugs

Deposit Photos My husband and I stayed in a really cheap hotel once. Okay, so we’ve stayed in a lot of cheap hotels, but one stands out in my mind as the cheapest of them all. We were traveling in England and wanted to stop for the night before taking the Chunnel over to the continent ....more

Life Advice

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A Midlife Bucket List

I’m not going to live forever. You might be reading this and thinking “duh” but those six words are hard to type. Like many people, I don’t like to think about my own mortality. It’s funny how we’re so reluctant to think about death because nobody lives forever…unless you’re a Cullen.The hubs and I just bought a new mattress. It’s the memory foam kind that comes with a 40 year warranty. Forty years. I’m 48. By the time I need a new mattress, I’ll be pushing 90 and most people would see that as a good run....more

Happy, Merry Whatever

I wanted to take a second and wish all you fine folks who’ve been reading Ripped Jeans and Bifocals over the past seven months a happy, merry whatever you celebrate this time of year....more

Porn For Moms?

Fifty Shades of Grey....more