Notes From the Losing Team

Dear Winning Team Parents, Congratulations! Your seven-year-old boys beat our seven-year-old boys, although ‘beat’ seems like a weak term for what just happened, don’tcha think? It’s probably more appropriate to say that your team pulverized us ....more

Our Chevrolet Traverse Test-Drive

As you may know, my family had an opportunity to test drive a Chevrolet Traverse...more

Watch Us Take Our Vitamins and Enter to Win a $100 VISA Gift Card!

I don’t know about you, but I’m a little obsessed with making sure that everyone in my family takes a multivitamin each morning. I’m no scientist, but my kids’ pediatrician recommended a daily multivitamin back when they were small and refused to eat their vegetables. I personally feel better when I take a daily multivitamin, and my husband does as well ....more

My Guide to an Awesome Weekend Getaway in Nashville

Now that Nashville is the nation’s “It” city, those of us who live here are (mostly) enjoying the fact that so many are discovering what we’ve known for years- Nashville is truly a jewel of a city. I’ve traveled across the country and would be hard-pressed to find a better place to live and raise a family. Because of the music industry here, Nashville has all the amenities of a big city- great shopping, a fantastic music and arts scene, fabulous restaurants and nightspots, and plenty celebrity sightings- but it also has a decidedly family-friendly, small town feel to it ....more

Our Chevrolet Traverse Test-Drive

As you may know, my family had an opportunity to test drive a Chevrolet Traverse for a week. It happened the week we went to the beach, so we were really able to put it through its paces!...more

Watch Us Take Our Vitamins and Enter to Win a $100 VISA Gift Card!

I don't know about you, but I'm a little obsessed with making sure that everyone in my family takes a multivitamin each morning. I'm no scientist, but my kids' pediatrician recommended a daily multivitamin back when they were small and refused to eat their vegetables....more

We’re Trying Out the Chevy Traverse!

With two kids in two different schools this year and a budding career as a travel writer and TV host, I’m spending more time in the car than I have in a long time- and so now, more than ever, the kind of car we drive matters. Here’s a list of what’s important to me in our family vehicle: Safety rating- Along with just about every other mother in the nation, I’m completely obsessed with my family’s safety on the road. Therefore I won’t even consider a car or SUV that doesn’t have a high safety rating ....more

Mad Life: A Video Series for Parents with Humor, Realism… and Andrew Shue!

This post was sponsored by CafeMom. In the “Where are they now?” category, one of my favorite stories has to be that of Melrose Place heartthrob Andrew Shue. Unlike so many other 80s and 90s superstars, who tend to pop up at shopping malls, on reality TV shows, and the back pages of People Magazine with sad tales of addiction, bankruptcy, and general woe, Andrew went on to become one of the founders of CafeMom, the number one moms’ site on the Internet (a site for which I regularly freelance, as many of you know) ....more

Enough With the Burlap

I can’t even glance at my Pinterest feed lately without seeing it everywhere – Effing. BURLAP. Yes, friends, that coarse brown fabric so popular with pioneers, farmers, and coffee bean roasters now has caught the attention of DIY’ers across the nation- Our country’s craftiest are literally going bonkers over burlap ....more

Share Your Sweet Food Memory and Enter to Win a $100 VISA Gift Card

It’s funny how certain tastes can take you back to a very specific point in your childhood. Just one bite of a particular cereal might make you feel like you’re seven years old again, watching Pac-Man in front of the TV on a Saturday morning. A sip out of an old-fashioned glass-bottled soda has the potential to transport you back in time to the ice chest outside the canteen at summer camp ....more