Visiting the Washington D.C. Area with Kids

In November, Kyle and I took the kids on a fun little “mini” vacation to the Washington D.C. area. He had a good friend who was getting married in Old Alexandria, Virginia and we got a great deal on plane tickets (plus it’s a short flight from Boston), so we decided it was the perfect opportunity to introduce Anna (age  7) and Kellen (age 4) to our nation’s capital ....more

Cyber Monday Warning: Check Your Toys R Us Shipping Charges!

I try to not be a complainer. In general, I am a very happy and optimistic person. And if you read this blog often, then you know for the most part it is all flowers and sunshine. But every now and then, I have a customer service experience that leaves such a terrible taste in my mouth – and in my opinion, signals such a high level of dysfunction in the organization – that I feel that I absolutely MUST ...more

The Best Potty-Training Gifts for Christmas

Do potty-training accessories make good Christmas gifts? Well, put yourself in your toddler’s shoes. What would you rather receive…another toy that will entertain you for maybe five minutes before you realize that you would rather play with the box…or some magical object that will inspire and/or enable to you stop lounging around in your own excrement? OK…if your toddler (or even preschooler) could think rationally, he would definitely choose the latter!  A potty-training tool is the gift that keeps on ...more

Boston-Area Parents: Register NOW for Potty Palooza!

Guess what is happening one week from today? The first BIG event to promote one of my books (assuming that my “side” career as an author is just getting started).  And guess what else? You are ALL invited! ...more

How to Trick-or-Treat with a Broken Foot

I don’t know about you, but Halloween 2012 was one the Hayes family will not soon forget! ...more

Thoughts of a Mom Stranded by Hurricane Sandy

By now, everyone in the U.S. has this image etched into their memory. ...more

Taking One for the Team: Sidelined by a Playoff-Related Injury

So it’s a funny story… ...more

Working Mom Confession: The Moments I Almost Missed

For the last few weeks I have been feeling…overwhelmed. Stressed. Drowning in a strong current of to-dos that keeps pulling me further and further out to sea. I don’t even know what it’s like to go home after a long day of work, put the kids to bed, then just relax for the evening. Nope…my days of work are followed by nights of work…whether it is housework, book-related work, other writing work, or “work” work. And I’m tired. I also ...more

Funny Video: Kellen Dances at Texas Roadhouse

Because it’s Friday…and because this is hilarious…here’s a little video for you to enjoy! ...more