Cross Stitch Basics for Nerds

I follow a line of crafty ladies. My grandmother possessed an old fashioned skill set that included quilting and crocheting when it was done out of necessity, not for recreation. My mom learned from her and is known in our community for 40 years of crocheting (she is also the owner of a craft and antique shop).I like to think I have learned a thing or two from such exceptional role models and I am always trying new crafts. I'm not a clever DIY-er and rarely have the time to make pretty things....more

Playground Parents Misbehave

Remember when playgrounds used to be fun? I came from a generation that had one simple rule to follow whenever we played outside: be home by dinner. The playground could keep us busy from sunrise to supper. Our friends would join us, neighbors would spontaneously bring snacks for all the kids, and it seemed the playground was perfect....more

The Things Mothers Do For Their Children

Let me start by saying, I hope my son reads this when he is older. That being said...I have always liked babies, but only when they belonged to other people.I was a teacher for 5 years and taught a range of age groups and subjects. The work was difficult and time consuming. My husband and I weren't married in those days and children seemed to be in a very distant future for us. On the days when work was particularly challenging, I would silently question whether or not I actually wanted to have children of my own someday. After all, children were complicated....more

Accepting Motherhood

One of the absolute best moments of my entire life was the moment I saw my son for the first time. Of course it was! My entire life would never be the same. But accepting and embracing motherhood seemed to be an impossible task. But months before the birth of our son, an unexpected moment made me realize how my life was about to change....more

Star Wars Episode VII Cast Announced

Unless you're living in a galaxy far, far away (or you were busy dealing with tantrums, potty training messes, or spouse nonsense) you've probably heard the major announcement for Star Wars Episode VII.The cast has been announced (and in some cases confirmed). If you were only hoping to see Benedict Cumberbatch's name on the list, you can stop reading. He is not a member of the cast. <dang it>John Boyega: You'll see him in the upcoming season of 24 as Chris Tanner.Daisy Ridley: The newcomer of the group....more

Has TV Violence and Crime Gone Too Far?

Excuse me for a moment while I think like a total prude, but I am rather concerned about a question I have been thinking about a lot lately... has TV gone too far? The internets were buzzing recently about a controversial episode of The Walking Dead ("Just look at the flowers..."). I won't discuss the specific circumstances of the episode, however a simple Google search of the line I quoted will explain everything. But what exactly is too far for a violent and gory show about walking dead? If you did that Google search, you know the answer. ...more
Rita Arens Oh my gosh. I forgot about Garbage Pail Kids. I think you bring up a very interesting ...more

3 Annoying Toys My Toddler Loves

When I was pregnant, everybody was so busy laughing at how I would never get sleep again that they forgot to warn me about how annoying toys are. Toys are great when you’re a kid playing with them, but when you are the parent replacing batteries, gluing parts back together again, or unexpectedly stepping on something toys cease to be fun.I challenged myself to select three, ONLY three, toys my toddler loves that really frustrate, annoy, and torture me....more

Simple Guide to Making a Learning Basket at Home

It amazes me how quickly children grow and develop. One day you celebrate a few mumbles that sound like the word mama and soon enough they are learning their alphabet.As a former teacher, I have been impatiently waiting to share some wonderful learning activities with my son that I used in my classroom. One activity I used frequently (especially when students were bored) was a Learning Basket....more

9 Things You Could Learn From the School of Parenting

You can go to school to learn lots of things beyond basic academics, but you can’t go to school to learn how to be a perfect parent.There is no school of parenting.Although we all try to prepare ourselves for raising our little humans, books and friendly advice can never prepare us for the moment when we clean poop off of our floors (totally just happened today… again). Parenting is learned through experiences like having Goldfish crackers in the bottom of your purse that can always be eaten....more

If Moms had a Fashion Week

So New York Fashion Week has been happening (concludes today) and I have seen lots of pretty things, but the problem is those pretty things aren’t exactly practical for moms. What if moms had a fashion week?Imagine if moms really did look like expressionless runway models. Our kids would be terrified. Grocery store aisles could be catwalks, we could zip out of hair and make-up and straight out the door, and it wouldn’t matter if our top matched our bottoms because we’d call it ‘fashion.’...more