Kristen’s Kitchen: Daddy’s Texas Chili

One of the many things that I got from my Dad is my love for cooking and good food. And chili. My God could this man make some wicked good chili. I’ve made this recipe for many different people, in many different states and for just about any occasion you can think of. It is perfect on acold night and you’ll find it simmering on my stove on many a Sunday during the fall and winter. Sometimes I add beans to it and other times I don’t. Depends on how many people are eating it  and how far I want it to go. ...more

5 Important (but Random) Lessons Teens Need to Know

You thought you had a lot of lessons to teach your toddler?...more

Questions Adult Children Need to Ask Their Parents

Little Mama had some surgery last week and being the dutiful (and only) daughter, I was right by her side to see her through it. It was also the first time she’s had anything major happened since before my  dad passed which means I was the one “in charge”.  When my dad was alive he was a classic type-a person....more

So You Think Kids Act Bad on Social Media?

…You should see how their parents act....more
I'm continually amazed by the terrible things people say when they're not face to face with someone.more

The 5 (new) Worst People on Facebook

Who Are the Buzzkills on Facebook?There have been plenty of posts about the “worst” people on Facebook.. the over-sharer, the vague-booker, the stalker… we’ve all seen them – we all know them. Some of us are them....more

I Don't Care About Your Diet or Your Extra Five Pounds

It's that time of the year when everyone is abuzz with New Year's resolutions. They include "lose weight," "exercise more," "get healthy," and a million others in between. I'm not against resolutions, but what I do hate to see is an unrealistic attitude and approach on the losing weight one -- and the biggest offenders are women....more
What a nice post! You really got to the heart of the matter with so many of us. I'm a size 12 ...more

Sex and the Teenage Girl

It’s no secret that I have three daughters. And now that they’re getting older, their maintenance is changing quite a bit. My role as a mom is changing quite a bit, too....more
@Lucy's Reality There's so much TO think about with this age group.more

Ten Things That Make Your Blog a Hot Mess

Is Your Blog a Hot Mess?I love the blogsphere. I have met some amazing bloggers in my 9 years and I have read a lot of posts on a lot of sites....more
I refuse to read a blog with colored/unique font. And it drives me crazy when I find a great ...more

Amazing Race Audition – And Now We Wait

I'd pretty much forgotten about the whole idea until one day, at the office, Adrienne tells me that she thinks WE should audition together as a team. I mean, we're both successful business women who aren't afraid of anything -- they'd be crazy to not pick us, right?! And I realize she has a point. Why not? We'd make a great team.. we complement each other extremely well and both have shrewd, mad analytical skills. We may not make it, but I know the one way to guarantee we don't make it -- and that's not to audition....more
@Kristen Daukas will do, been contemplating & plotting so when I the scheme is enforce I will ...more

The Great Four Hens and a Rooster Road Trip - 2014

Let's Go on an RV Road Trip! We (er.. I) have decided that next summer, we are going to take the mother-lode of vacations and do a 3 week RV road trip in the southwest....more