Mama in Wonderland

I'm a writer, clinical health psychologist, private wellness coach, and at-home mom. I specialize in women's health and well-being, especially self-care for moms.

My writing has appeared in a number of print and online publications, including the 2009 Seal Press anthology P.S. What I Didn't Say: Unsent Letters to Our Female Friends and the 2011 anthology TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood (Coffeetown Press).

I'm a health and wellness columnist for my local newspaper, a freelance writer, and the author of the parenting blog Mama in Wonderland. My nonfiction self-help book on modern stay-at-home motherhood and self-care, The Essential Stay-at-Home Mom Manual: How to Have a Wondrous Life Amidst Kids and Chaos, was released in winter 2012 and is available wherever books are sold.

Holy Moly Me Oh My

Hey, you all! I apologize in advance for the randomness that will be this post. Much like my brain, it will jump all over the place in a potentially annoying fashion.So it was my birthday this week ....more

Sleep is for the Weak.

Just popping in to show you this dollop of awesomeness:This is the Old Navy activewear top I just ordered (because I was also ordering a new tunic to wear with leggings to replace the one that got irrevocably stained at work (see: work at elementary school), had a bunch of credit card rewards dollars, plus got my entire order (which included another needed item too) on sale for 40% off, which meant a final bill of $4.90, omg)..... Because, seriously, HOW COULD I NOT ORDER THIS. It's the theme shirt of my 2014-2015 school year!Happy Monday, you all ....more

Wait for It.

Oh, my dear ones. I am so falling down on the job. This will be my remembered refrain of the 2014-2015 school year: "I am falling down on the job!"Not the ACTUAL, paying job, of course; I feel (and hope I am right) that I am performing that job quite well ....more

Solo Parenting in the Arctic

So! No, we haven't dropped off the face of the earth. We DID all finally recover from the illness Armageddon that was Christmas break ....more

Let It Snow

Today is the last day of winter break. Tomorrow the girls and I go back to school/work.It could have been better. Like, NOT being sick for most of break would have been a lot better ....more

Ring in 2015!

So much to say, so many photos to upload from my phone, but not a lot of time. Suffice it to say that: we (one or another of us) have been sick for all but 4 (I think?) days of Christmas break so far (and it ends on Sunday); Genevieve came down with the stomach flu (norovirus) ON CHRISTMAS DAY at grandma and grandpa's (astute readers will realize that this was her 2nd bout of norovirus in a few weeks' time; our pediatrician called us unbelievably unlucky) and Julia caught it shortly thereafter. For those keeping count, that's 1 sinus infection, 2 bouts with strep, 3 bout of norovirus, and 2 cases of influenza for this fam in the past 6 or 7 weeks ....more

Does Santa Bring Tamiflu?

The theme of the past week at our house. Somehow this happened though, so we did have some success this past weekend. You guys ....more

Down and Out.

Sooooo.... Like many other parts of the country, my town is currently experiencing a scourge of influenza. There are also waves of the stomach flu and strep making the rounds ....more

Butter, Sugar, & Almond = Norwegian Baked-Goods Gold

So we're full-tilt into the Christmas season and here I haven't yet shown you this: I mean. And then the day after Thanksgiving we went to the downtown shops of our own little Bedford Falls and Julia spied this: ...and told me to get it for Daddy for Christmas. Yes, I'm sure he'd love that.Meanwhile, I've decided that these are my all-time favorite Christmas cookies: cherry-almond chocolate kisses...more

Happy Thanksgiving!

I may not be 100% recovered yet (um yeah, tried a 2-1/2 mile WALK on Monday evening and got my sore throat and cough back in exchange), but thanks to an Urgent Care/pharmacy run on Sunday, I've got mega-dose antibiotics and am ready to tackle cleaning the house today before my mother-in-law arrives this afternoon for Thanksgiving. I forgive the germy children at my job who gave me this cold that morphed into a severe sinus infection, and I am knocking on wood that I DIDN'T (nor did my girls) catch the rampant stomach flu that was flying around school Monday and Tuesday. (Is it too soon to say that? ...more