This is Just a Phase: a poem for parents

I am not a professional poet, or even an amateur one, but desperate times require desperate measures. We are a little more than a month into the Terrific Two’s. (If I am resistant to the more standard nomenclature i.e. Terrible Two’s, it is simply because I am determined to focus on the positive sides of this unique yet universal experience called Parenting.)...more

Ten Rules of Cauliflower Pizza Crust

1. The first rule of cauliflower pizza crust is: don't expect real pizza crust. It is only by lowering expectations that we can be pleasantly surprised....more

After I lose this baby weight...

After I lose this baby weight, I'm hoping to also take off:...more

Easy Toddler Leaf Crown

Candy Corn Salad: Halloween Hit

Looking for something healthy to serve at a Halloween party? Want to disappoint the kids and delight the adults? If so, I highly recommend this Candy Corn Salad. This is the ultimate trick because it’s an actual salad and doesn’t include any candy. But it tricks a second time since it’s really quite a...treat. I made this for my fall book group and it was a hit....more

Which Is Worse: Post-Pregnancy Hair Loss or the Weird Way It Grows Back?

First of all, thank you so much for not saying anything about my hair. Because we all know I'd prefer that it looked much better than this. Any face-to-face discussion on the topic would be awkward and cause me to touch my head self-consciously, thereby making it look even worse. (Is that possible?) But, since you are in the unfortunate position of having to look at me, I think you deserve full information. ...more
PigandDac Yeah, you gotta laugh to keep from crying on this one. It is amazing that women who ...more

5 Reasons to NOT Cut Your Child's Fingernails or Toenails

1. Since your child is far more interested in wiggling than personal hygiene, there is a 97.3 percent chance you will hurt him or her. 2. You shouldn’t run with scissors. Nor should you chase after your child with them.    3. If you wait just a bit longer, the Kids-as-Small-Adults trend will surely lead to Infant/Toddler/Kid nail salons. Then you’ll be off the hook....more

If only Ed Scissorhands would cut my toddlers hair...

image sourceDear Edward (can I call you Ed?),Let me start off by saying that I'm a huge fan of your work: I have long admired your Robert Smith-like coif, your creative topiaries, and the clever way you can spear a single pea with your fingerblade....more

Greetings from the Kitchen Sink

Sippy cups. Milk bottles. Tiny spoons. Funky bowls and plates meant to make mealtime more fun. Last night's nasty pan still reeking of salmon. Ad infinitum. Motherhood has changed many things in my life for the better but I can't say I'm a fan of all this new sink time. And something weird has started happening now that my 20 month-old has started talking:...more