On grief: Mother's Day without a Mom

The way I see it, I have two ways to approach Mother's Day 2014:1.) I can ignore the world, including my email inbox, TV commercials, facebook, instagram and pretty much everything social-media related this week. Self preservation.-or- 2.) I can take a deep breath and be thankful for the 34 years I got with Shirl.::...more

The "#Selfie" Generation

I'm worried for The Selfie Generation. You know what a "selfie" is, don't you? It's when people take pictures of themselves, most often doing duck face and then, of course, hashtagging it (when did "hashtag" become a verb?) as, "#selfie" on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. There's usually no occasion for it and there is no limit in frequency. ...more
I love this: "Not everyone wants to see you. All of the time." I can't believe all the people on ...more

A Guide to Flying with Toddlers (and not losing it.)

Just a mere seven days ago I flew internationally with my two toddlers sans a co-parent. ME. SOLO. I survived. Here's how. ...more

I don't know. Should we try for another? Contemplating baby #3.

"Should we have one more baby?" This, my friends, is the question I've asked the husband over and over for the past couple of months. (Lucky him, I know.) Again and again he heard,  "Maybe we should have just one more? What do you think? I mean, just one more?" Each time his response was the same: "No. We're fine. Our dynamic is awesome. What we have going is perfect." ...more

...and then our hearts stopped beating. Toddler drowning happens in seconds.

So last week the four of us went over to my brother and sister-in-law's new house....more

Whoa. Three-year-old's are TOUGH.

Um. Is this not perfect? Note: This book is still in print. Sadly, with an updated cover.  Oddly enough, Lila's an early bloomer. ...more

Living in Mexico: Lost in Translation - Potty training edition.

So, my daughter Lila and her cousins Bella and Brody all attend the same school in Los Cabos, Mexico.Lila and Brody are two years old and are in the same class and get picked up at the same time each afternoon.I'm not sure how preschool pick-up works in the States, but in Mexico -- it's slightly chaotic. You've got to get the kid, get the bag(s), catch up with the teacher, get the drawings and any notes for home -- it's nutso....more

Tech for tots: The best apps for toddlers

Yes. I let my two-year-old play with my iPad.Why? Well, because sometimes Mommy needs to read to get ready for work/have quiet time.So, before I get into Lila's favorite apps, let me tell you about my cover that I'm currently quite happy with. (See above.)...more
Thanks, my 3 year old loves my Ipad. It is a great way to keep them entertained when you need to.more

32 years: I am who I am. And it's all good.

I've always struggled with what I wanted to be -- occupationally....more

Tea Calling the Kettle Black: My Response to Abercrombie & Fitch

You've all seen and heard about this, right?Abercrombie & Fitch has requested that Mike, "The Situation" Sorrentino, from the emmy-award-winning show, The Jersey Shore, stop wearing their clothing because his association with their brand "could cause significant damage to their image."And they're willing to pay him to stop doing so. See here....more
"A prude...from Old French meaning an honorable woman...is one who is concerned with decorum or ...more