My Sister Is Melting Because She Won't Wear Shorts

Dear Mouthy Housewives,How can I get my sister to wear shorts? It's 100 degrees outside already this summer, and she insists on wearing jeans every day. She says she's more comfortable that way, but I know it's because she's embarrassed that she's not skinny. She feels that she looks bad when she shows her legs. I don't think she looks bad, and I want her to not be so hot and sticky. What can I do to help her?Signed,My Sister Wears the Pants in This Family...more
In the summer I wear light weight slacks or capri-length pants instead of jeans & don't need to ...more

How Do I Make My Friend Stop Her Comedy Routine?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I have this friend who is great. She's funny, smart and really kind. But the problem is—she is always ON. Like she seems like she is always doing a comedy routine when we are together. We have only been friends for about six months so maybe she will take it down a notch soon? I keep waiting. It is sort of exhausting me.Signed,Just Be Real ...more
You accept your friend for who they are and stop passing judgement. We all do obnoxious things.more

Help! Family Bickering is Going To Ruin My Vacation!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I'm soon headed on a vacation with my husband, kids and all his family. We are going to a beautiful place, and I know I won't be able to enjoy it because his family bickers non-stop. It's exhausting. Everyone does it. His parents, his siblings and their spouses. I don't even want to go except the kids and their cousins all have a great time. Ideas on survival?Signed,Can't We All Just Get Along?...more

DIY BBQ? Who Travels with a Grill?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,Recently I've noticed a disturbing trend with my friends and acquaintances. They invite me to a party at their home, but ask me to bring my own drinks, chairs, cups, snacks and meat....more
I basically agree with you. However, I'm sure that you've noticed a trend where everyone has ...more

My Best Friend Doesn't Give the Best Birthday Gifts

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My best friend always gives me turquoise jewelry for my birthday, which would be great except it's totally not my style. She's been doing it for about 10 years, so how am I supposed to now admit that I don't like it? I usually just regift it or give it to my daughter, but it would be nice to get something I actually like! Am I being ungrateful?!Signed,Unturquoise Me!...more
I have a great friend with a great taste in fashion.She gives me great stuff. But I'm just not ...more

How to Handle Neighbors Who Worm Their Way into Your Pool

Dear Mouthy Housewives,Help! I think some neighbors are just being friendly to me so I'll invite them over to use my swimming pool. They're never nice to me in the winter. How should I handle this? It's making me crazy....more
Carla Fabregas heh!more

Help! My Kids Are Going to Camp and Won't Let Me Go With Them!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My two daughters are going to sleep-away camp for the first time this summer. They're very excited to be gone a week, but I'm mostly nervous. I don't want to spend the entire time they're away fretting and worrying about how they're doing and if they miss me, but I don't know what to do to relax. My husband wants the two of us to take a little romantic trip, but I'm not sure that's a good idea and it might make me even more anxious. Help!Signed,Paranoia Self Destroia...more
MouthyHousewife WendiAarons excellent advice but this helps too... ...more

I'm Snooping on My Neighbors! What's Wrong with Me?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I work at home and have developed a very strange problem: I can't stop spying on my neighbors. The houses in my neighborhood are all very close to each other, so I can see people in their backyards, front yards and sometimes I can even see into my next-door-neighbor's living room. It's not like I'm watching them do anything that exciting, really, but I still can't help myself. I'm even tempted to invest in a pair of binoculars. Why am I so snoopy?Sneaky Sue...more
There is nothing wrong with being curious and looking out the window to checkout the neighbors ...more

OMG, I Can't Afford Summer Camp

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I'm in a complete panic over summer. I can't afford for my kids to go to these fancy expensive camps, and I think we will all go insane if we hang out all summer.  My husband is away traveling a lot. What should I do? Please answer before I have a nervous breakdown.Signed,Summer Panic...more
Find one with a scholarship like southern girls rock n roll camp SGRRC.orgmore

Does My Husband Have to Spend Mother's Day With His Mother?

Dear TMH, Mother's Day is coming up, which would be wonderful in theory. A day to sleep in and be treated like royalty, right? However, my MIL lives nearby, and that raises some issues. Am I obligated to spend the day with her? She seems to expect us to do something with her, and I don't really want to do that.  My husband is caught in the middle, because he wants to make us both happy. But hasn't she had her share of Mother's Days?Help!Signed,It's MY Day, Dammit...more
My solution is to celebrate the traditional Mother's Day with my mom and mother-in-law (at least ...more