What to Expect When You'll Never Be Expecting

The October issue of Women's Health Magazine has an article by Carrie Anton that takes a clever angle on what to expect from others in reaction to the childfree choice....more

They can't all be good days.

It started out great, she was in a great mood when she got here at 8:30, by 9:15 she wanted to sleep and suck on her pacifier.  The problem was, her momma forgot it.   So the plan was for grandma and grandpa bill to make the trek in from Hudson to come see Bug in Dolphin Pups and they were going to stop and buy a pacifier on the way.  But they weren’t going to be here till 10:30. Do you know how long it is from 9:15 to 10:30 in baby hours? ...more

If You're So Unhappy Being a Mom, Why Should I Be One?

At least ten of you have sent me the link to the I Hate Being a Mom Secret Confessions site by now, and I’ve been avoiding it. Sort of in the same way I’ve been avoiding seeing The Exorcist. Because although I know these horror stories probably wouldn’t happen to me, they’d still scare me to death. I was right....more
Do not become a mother . . . Unless you are prepared to love another human being more than you ...more

Being Single, Around the World (Well, Really in Ecuador and South Africa)

The growing numbers of singles is not just a U.S. trend.  Many countries around the world are also experiencing a decline in marriage.  I love that readers of The Spinsterlicious Life are from "everywhere"...places like  Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, New Zealand, Peru, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, and the U.K....in addition to the good old U.S. of A....more

What Puppy Lust Has Taught Me About Baby Rabies

I’ve done my fair share of poking fun at people with full-blown Baby Rabies. You know the type – the ones whose biological clocks start BRRRRRRINGING at the very sight of a double-wide Bugaboo stroller. The ones who make new moms a little nervous with such comments to the baby as, “You’re so cute, I could just STEAL YOU!” I’ll admit, I’ve been giving these crazy ladies a hard time. But that’s all going to have to grind to a halt because it’s recently come to my attention that I’ve developed a raging case of PUPPY LUST....more
I'm no expert about this, as I don't yet have any kids.   But I don't think you can know if you ...more

Finley's Story From Other Perspectives

I recently asked my close friends who lived in Naples if they would take a moment and write down Finley's story in their words. We were extremely lucky while we lived there to have met some wonderful families who supported us through all of the ups and downs. Jo, Stu, Skye and Aidie lived right across from us with their dogs Bailey and Gemma (and eventually Bella). Jo would have been my go to for when Finley was born. She is a brilliant mum to her kiddies and I loved spending time with them all. There was one of my ultrasounds that Steve couldn't make it to..............more

It takes 6 hands

I hadn't had my Bug in 2 weeks and missed her face and I'm pretty sure she missed mine too because when she got here this morning she was super mouth-open-hands-out happy to see me. I could stop there, because it was that good. But I won't. ...more

Nanny Admissions: I Used To Be Childfree

I hesitate to share this story because I am worried that it will cause people to dislike me or feel that I have these feelings still, and it couldn’t be further from the truth. But I’m also trying to share more of myself on this blog, and writing about this part of my life might help people to understand who I am today. So. *deep breath*...more

My Fancy Hollywood Happening

Last week I had the good fortune to hang out in Los Angeles for a few days.  I flew out for a book-signing for my book –The Spinsterlicious Life: 20 Life Lessons for Living Happily Single and Childfree– hosted by Kolu Boutique(which is actually in Venice, CA), my dear friend, Joni who works there,  Jane (the owner), and Brenda, who also works there.  I love the clothes there, because Jane makes it a point to stock clothes you don’t see everywhere....more

Chicks That Trip: Solo Travel Can Be Fun

For many women, one of the downsides of being single is the desire to travel but having no one to go with.  Traveling without some or at least one of your favorite people can be daunting, but it can also be freeing and fun (see Lori's Cuba)....more