How the NRA Got So Powerful: New Report From Brookings Institution

Just as the gun safetydebate heats up again after Zimmerman Trial verdict, the Brookings Institution released an extremely informative essay titled The Promise: The Families of Sandy Hook and the Long Road to Gun Safety". I highly recommend you read it, regardless of where you stand on the gun control issue. “Our hearts our broken; our spirit is not.”...more
The #gunsafety debate heats up again after #ZimmermanTrial verdict. The Brookings ...more

Hate the System, Not the Zimmerman trial Jurors

I certainly am shocked and disappointed by the decision made in the Zimmerman verdict, and I would have hated to have been a juror in that case. Within the confines of the law, the jury may not have had much of a choice in their decision.Rather than fighting over the stupidity of the jury decision and the racial implications, we need to bind together and attack the root of the issue.Gun violence."Stand Your Ground" laws suck!Gun violence sucks!Children and teens are shot and killed every 3 hours and 15 minutes in our country! Shocking!...more

I Like Being Fat (And Other Lies I Tell Myself)

Obviously I "like" being fat.Because when I have the opportunity to do something about it, I cave every time.I started Take Shape for Life two months ago. It is seriously a no brainer program. I lost 7 pounds the first week! Overall, I have lost 15 pounds. The concept is too simple. You eat every 2-3 hours. They provide you pre-packaged, low sugar, high protein, high good stuff mini meals.Then one meal a day you get a lean meat and 3 servings of veggies....more
Just saw this now.I'm sorry you lie to yourself. That's never a healthy thing to do for you. ...more

Moms Stand Up Against Gun Violence - Action Week!

Gun violence is the number 2 killer of children between the ages of 2 and 19.Friends, MothersI know the topic of gun control is an extremely volatile issue. I want to make it clear that I am NOT opposed to guns, hunting, or homeowners having guns in their homes....more
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Surviving the Winds of Change

Big green eyes look at me curiously as I stare off into space, daydreaming of the little girl I see in my dreams. Her long brown hair blows in the wind as she romps around a field of daisies, waving at me and smiling! “Hi Mommy!” she calls to me. And off she runs to chase another butterfly. My Kathryn. Her identical twin sister is still here with me. She rubs her hand on my cheek and smiles. Does she miss her sister? I wonder if she’ll ever feel the loss as I do. Will she feel cheated?...more

The One Night Stand I Had With a Dad in My Daughter's Preschool Class

Sounds extremely scandalous, doesn't it? Before you start judging me, I am not a home wrecker. The story is actually quite embarrassing. A few weeks ago I was signing my daughter into her preschool class. Baby on one hip, juggling jackets, sippy cups and a bookbag. I'm not sure if I had even brushed my hair that day. Of course it was a yoga pants and t-shirt day. I looked rough. "Excuse me," I hear. I look up to see -- oh my good Lord NO!...more
@yourstoryvault That is funny stuff~!~! My uncle had something like that happen...well, almost ...more

5 Ways for Busy Mamas to Stick to An Exercise Routine

 Exercise and I have a love/hate relationship.While I HATE the thought of it and hate actually getting started (believe it or not, the hardest element of working out for me is actually getting in my workout clothes!) once I get started I usually LOVE the way it feels and I have a great time.Time. That is my biggest enemy.It's not that I do NOT have the time in my day, but when I do have time, I've got a list of about a million things that need to be done. And with three small children, there is almost never a time that one of them does not need something....more

Let's Talk About Meal Planning for the Disorganized!

When I worked full time I somewhat planned the week's menu.  I cooked some type of casserole or large dish on Monday, Wednesday was religiously crockpot day (usually chicken stroganoff), Tuesdays and Thursdays were usually leftovers, Friday was pizza or something else easy and fast. But it was not really stressful to me because if I didn't have time to think about it, we could just go out or order out....more

Awkward...

I have always been a bit socially awkward.  Not weird, just unpolished.  I often stick my foot in my mouth or I blurt out things without thinking.  Basically I have no filter.  Oh and I have a very strange laugh when I'm nervous. Since losing an infant, this problem has grown worse.  Now I make others feel awkward too.  It is not intentional. My conversations with a stranger now go like this: "Nice to meet you.  What do you do?" Me: "I'm a stay at home mom." ...more

Off the Reservation

Over the next few weeks, you may all think that I have gone completely "off the reservation" as the saying goes. That's me folks.  I think I'm driving the crazy train, losing my marbles, wigging out... every used up cliche you can think of.  Muddled up. Please don't "mute" me, I'm just working my way through things.  And writing about them (very publicly) seems to be helping me get through it all.  It's the best therapy I can think of right now. ...more