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Before and afterschool care, do the daycare costs ever end?

My daughter will be starting kindergarten in less than one month.  This means two things. One- No more daycare!!!!!  She will be attending a parochial school, but the cost of tuition per month is way less then a month of daycare. And she gets to go there 5 days a week! She was only going to daycare 2-3 days a week. ...more

10 Random Things I miss about having toddler's, now that my kids are Teens

OMG, it's happening, I am starting to miss the busy days of parenting a Toddler. With my son being 14 and daughter 12, they need me less and less. Actually let me rephrase that. They need, money, a ride to their friend's house, help with homework, I have no clue how to do they way they are being taught, rides to concerts and sporting events, food, that they somehow can't seem to find in the kitchen, anywhere,  and did I mention, money?...more

The Battle of Gozer

I had a fun little tiff with my mom Monday.I called to tell her that BabyBro had lied and she needed to take Gozer’s Aspy-ness into account, since she is a de facto co-parent. If BabyBro and TaintFace won’t give Gozer the help she needs, at least my mom can, right?Did I get that far into the conversation with my mom? Did she ask what she could do for Gozer as soon as she heard Gozer’s autism was confirmed?Nope.Instead she started chewing me out for checking up on BabyBro. I wish I was making that up, but it is true....more

The Great Adventure: Writing My First Book

 A little over 20 years ago when my son was a toddler, I had a brainstorm: write a book about great places to take kids in the area. I was an at-home mom, no product like that existed locally and I knew tons of fun things to do and places to go....more

10 Things I Learned After 5 Days in the Woods with the Boys

1. Not all paddles float. 2. The longer one debates if the paddle is worth being rescued when it is 60 degrees outside and the lake is cold, the less likely the rescue attempt will succeed. 3. Diving into lake to rescue paddle 3 seconds too late is cold and futile. And wet. Did I mention cold? ...more


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Road Trip - "Country Roads, Take Me Home"

A huge part of our Road Trip to Upstate NY is spent visiting many of our favorite people because the majority of them live around there. So, we make the rounds or they stop by so we can "spread the love" around.And boy can we spread the love.I suspect there is a collective sigh in Upstate NY when we hit the road for the "Return to Wisconsin" part of the Road Trip.(Some day, when my children are older, I dream of a Road Trip through the USA to visit family and friends who are scattered around. Doesn't that sound like fun?)...more

Mostly Unedited Week in Review - 7/23/14

With the advent of digital manipulation of photos and the rampant sharing of people's lives, often pictures and videos are only shown once they've been edited. This editing consists of filters, highlights, and touch-ups, not to mention often only sharing the highlights of our lives. With judgement and comparison being so interwoven into our social culture, the expectations of ourselves and others are often so high that simply attempting to reach them leaves us feeling even more vulnerable....more

Are You the Reason Why You Aren't Getting New Clients

I will be working with Marco on a weekly advice column. Marco is an art/creative director/video guy over at babytorpedo. We thought it would be fun to collaborate and add a touch of humor (at least we think we are funny) to questions that we get asked frequently. If you have topics that you would like us to address, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below....more

Keeping up with Mrs. Jones

I know lots of moms. Some are crafty, some are incredibly active and others are unbelievably excellent cooks. Then there are the ones who make the whole work/life thing look ridiculously easy. It's that last set of moms that get to us. The ones who seem to have the perfect children, house, marriage - the ones that make us question how we are lacking in our own lives....more