Big Blog Decisions and The Pittsburgh Marathon

Well, in case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t updated this blog in a REALLY long time. There are a variety of reasons that I won’t go into. They are my reasons and we’ll just leave it at that. Anyway, I’ve basically made the decision to put an end to this blog, but I don’t feel like I’m done with blogging. Running is a HUGE part of my life and I often have felt a desire to write about it but ...more

Cleaning Your Microfiber Couch

Many moons ago, the husband and I decided that we needed a new couch. We had recently bought our first house and felt we needed something that fit our new living room. We set a budget and headed to the local furniture store. We knew that we wanted a sectional sofa but that was it. Style, color and fabric were all up in the air. I found one or two couches that I liked but not THE couch. Over the ...more

His Name

I’m not really one to follow along with those developmental emails that arrive in my inbox from time to time. I know that my kids will sleep through the night or potty train when they are ready. Sure, they will need help from me (and my husband), but generally we take our cues from the boys. Of course this doesn’t mean that I don’t read those developmental emails. Months ago, as I was reading one of said emails, something struck ...more

Book Review: Here I Go Again


Sometimes I Forget

Dear Jack, Sometimes I forget that you are only four years old. Sometimes I forget that it’s hard to be you. You are wise beyond your years. You are more articulate than some adults. You are definitely more laid back than most adults that I know. So sometimes I forget that you are still growing up and testing the boundaries. Sometimes I forget that you will have a rough day where you will tell me that I’m mean and that ...more

Cuddles and Hugs

Xander is my cuddly child. He loves to sit on your lap, loves to be carried, loves to lay in bed next to you. He often has a “favorite” person that he wants to cuddle with, but that often changes. Some days it’s me. Others it’s my husband. Other days it’s could be another favorite person. ...more

Time to Train?

For the last couple months there has been this nagging voice in the back of mind. I have been shutting it out. Partly out of denial but mostly laziness. Xander has been showing signs of being ready to potty train. I just haven’t been ready. I had a plan to wait until after our trip to North Carolina in May. Who wants to take a newly (or partially) potty trained kid on a 9 hour car ride? Not me that’s ...more

The Boy Who Coughs

Jack has asthma. It’s a fact of life. It was a long journey from first episode to diagnosis to treatment plan to being at the point where his asthma is under control. We are FINALLY at the point where I feel comfortable saying that his asthma is under control. He is on two daily medications and (knock on wood) they are working. He willingly takes his meds every day. I no longer panic ever time that he coughs ....more

Fekkai Hair Care Products

I have a confession. I love to try new hair products. I’m always looking out for new products that might work well with my hair. I have crazy curly hair that needs tamed on a daily basis. On occasion, I straighten my hair. And let me tell you, that is no small feat ....more


Jack is the type of kid who doesn’t like to do something unless he absolutely 100% knows that he can do it perfectly. I made this realization when he learned to walk. There were no practice steps for him. Every once in a while he would take one step away from the couch, but immediately he would fall or go right back to the couch. I figured eventually he would start taking more steps and then work his way up ...more