15 min ago
It has been 3 years since Randy, my husband, received the last minute gift of a double lung transplant. Randy had been on life support for almost 2 weeks, and time was running out.
By Ellene
21 min ago
When you’re a single woman in a world full of marrieds, life can be tough.Unless your network consists entirely of very close friends with whom you communicate honestly and regularly, the sad truth is you ARE going to be judged, misunderstood, and regarded with suspicion.There is also a sliding scale of apparent wantonness associated with being a single woman, depending both on age and previous marital status.
1 hour ago
Image credit hereWell, we did it!  DD2’s back to school night was this past week, and I was gearing up to go it alone, be the perfect professional divorced mom and put up a brave, positive, upbeat front.  I did do all of that, but hubby ended up coming in support of DD2 and for me as well.
6 hours ago
The times of being able to find a job right out of high school or even college without a problem are gone. There are different skills or hobbies that your teen can pick up that can help them receive a job or even work for themselves as a freelancer. This can be a great way to earn money during college or even get out of college debt free. Many people who have worked a freelancer schedule never return to a regular office job because of the freedom freelancing allows someone especially a teenager without a spouse or child.
9 hours ago
September has certainly been a busy month, even if a bit unbalanced. I enjoy writing this series every month because it's not only a way for me to look back, but also a way to give you more glimpses into my world and the journey I'm traveling. Besides, I often find something new, exciting, or inspirational. I really love sharing things that spark me in some way.
12 hours ago
Earlier this week, I wrote about my struggle to incorporate math into the bedtime story routine. (Still working/not working on that one.) Part of that struggle comes from the fact that I have always enjoyed reading more than math. So, I am always on the lookout for a good book deal.
By RohitK
15 hours ago
It’s amazing how a lot of people still find saving money on family expenses difficult. With the economy being in its current state, being able to save here and there is a huge plus. There is no saving too small; small savings here and there can (and will) often translate to big savings at the end of the month.If you’re interested in saving some money on your family’s expenses, then this article is definitely for you. In this article, we are going to take a look at some practical tips that will help you start saving in no time. Let’s jump right in, shall we?
18 hours ago
I loved being pregnant. I truly did. I’m not here to tell you some amazing story of how I never experienced a rough day while pregnant, because that wouldn’t be true. I suffered from awful heart burn every day, got horrible headaches throughout the entire first trimester, and I cried from pain anytime I walked the entire last month. Once my due date came and passed, I was convinced I was doomed to stay pregnant and suffer an awful fate for the rest of my life. Still, I loved being pregnant, feeling my baby move inside of me, and dreaming of what life would be like afterwards.
1 day ago
According to a recent survey conducted for the National Retail Federation, the average person spends $72.31 on Halloween related items.
1 day ago
My daughter recently connected with her birth parents.  For those who have open adoptions, this proclamation may not mean much, but for those whose children were adopted via closed adoptions  when children were removed from their parents homes because of abuse or neglect, these words may induce fear. 
2 days ago
I remember, as a working parent, feeling guilty about how much time my child spent at school. I worried if it was too much, if she was missing other activities… like just playing.Part of my guilt, however, was assuaged when I realized that Montessori was not like the schools I had attended as a child. She didn’t have to sit at a desk all day. She didn’t have to listen to a teacher drone on about some topic or another all day.
2 days ago
I remember, as a working parent, feeling guilty about how much time my child spent at school. I worried if it was too much, if she was missing other activities… like just playing.Part of my guilt, however, was assuaged when I realized that Montessori was not like the schools I had attended as a child. She didn’t have to sit at a desk all day. She didn’t have to listen to a teacher drone on about some topic or another all day.
2 days ago
I remember, as a working parent, feeling guilty about how much time my child spent at school. I worried if it was too much, if she was missing other activities… like just playing.Part of my guilt, however, was assuaged when I realized that Montessori was not like the schools I had attended as a child. She didn’t have to sit at a desk all day. She didn’t have to listen to a teacher drone on about some topic or another all day.
2 days ago
I remember, as a working parent, feeling guilty about how much time my child spent at school. I worried if it was too much, if she was missing other activities… like just playing.Part of my guilt, however, was assuaged when I realized that Montessori was not like the schools I had attended as a child. She didn’t have to sit at a desk all day. She didn’t have to listen to a teacher drone on about some topic or another all day.
2 days ago
Our senses, have the power to transport you back in time. Memories can be triggered by the simplest things: a familiar smell, a painting or a slight touch.Each of our senses has that ability, so imagine the enormous power of food, which often involves all our senses. It’s no wonder we often remember entire meals and associate certain dishes with family and friends. Food is also one way we show someone that they matter to us, and getting together with friends and family typically involves food.
2 days ago
Dear Toddler Toy Makers,I don’t know if you are aware of this, but you are the topic of many of my thoughts throughout the day.I spend time both singing your praises, and cursing your very existence.  The duality of man, am I right?I love you for the blessed reprieve that you give me in those times when my daughter sits at her tree top jungle station, a gorilla in one hand and a turtle in the other, just quietly playing by herself.  Giving this tired mom a chance to scroll through Facebook and see all the cool shit that I’m not doing.
2 days ago
Becoming a parent is one of the most exciting and scary things you will do in your life. You want so badly to do everything right.  Then, just as you think you are starting to get the hang of this whole parenting thing, you learn that your child has a severe food allergy and you basically have to start learning from scratch. All of a sudden, the world suddenly becomes a much more threatening place. Raising a child with severe food allergies is a life changing circumstance. 
2 days ago
I don't know about you, but I'm always seeing blog posts, articles, and pins about the importance of date nights, how to have them, ideas on the cheap, and ideas for nights at home. For me, it can be annoying to see all these articles because quite frankly Hun and I don't have childless date nights.
2 days ago
I like a neat house. I am not the type of person who cannot sleep if the house is messy, but I will make sure to give it a thorough clean on the weekend when I can devote some real time to doing so. When my home is clean, I feel more calm and rested in it.
2 days ago
I have had anxiety for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t always know it was anxiety. It started out by being overly anxious and worrying about typical things. I just accepted it as a part of my personality, and assumed it was just my destiny to play on the safe side.
3 days ago
A mother’s work is considered a full time job. People brag about their jobs and how hectic their days are, but the hard work that a mom has to do is beyond all that. No matter how tiring your day time job is, you still get to get back home in the evening and spend a full night sleeping. On the other hand, if a mom has a little baby to look after, she has to spend her nights taking care of the baby. This is why a mother is the most respected figure in nearly all the cultures that exist on this planet.
3 days ago
To: My Fellow Family ColleaguesFrom: CEO, Laundry Services Division:
3 days ago
I had the supreme pleasure of hanging out with an old college friend (not that I'm calling you old, Shawna....we're ju
3 days ago
The litany of challenges facing teens in today’s modern culture mocks the floodwaters of generations past. As a veteran teen raiser, I’m amazed by the tenacity exhibited by the Millennial population considering the ill-effects of growing up in a projector screen society. 
3 days ago
I know we've talked about math before, but we are going to talk about it again. When my son goes to bed at night, we read books together. We used to have this deal where he would read to me and then I would read to him, but he reads now as part of his homework time after school, so he gets to relax and listen to me read at bedtime.
3 days ago
It’s no secret that outdoor play keeps the minds of children healthy and engaged. Through the use of play equipment, kids learn how to make critical decisions, how to solve difficult problems, and how to navigate life’s social and emotional minefield. In many respects, play is a rehearsal for the future, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be scripted. 
3 days ago
Arnold Palmer was Already a LegendSuccess in this game depends less on strength of body than strength of mind and character.  ~Arnold PalmerThe most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.  ~Arnold Palmer
4 days ago
My Baby Girl,Words can hardly express my emotions leading up to your first birthday. My heart swells with pride for the sweet little girl you have become, but also yearns for time to stop moving so quickly.  Just writing these few sentences has me tearing up, and I think of all emotions those tears are filled with.Happiness. The greatest kind I have ever felt. There is nothing in this world that makes me happier than being your mom.Joy at watching you learn and grow each day. Witnessing all of your milestones this year has been so special.
4 days ago
 It’s not just your daughter.  Sadly, it’s my daughter, the majority of girls, actually, and many women too. “Do I have to run for Student Council?” my daughter asked me.
4 days ago
If I had a nickel for every time I heard, “Man, you’ve got your hands full,” I could guiltlessly go to Target a lot more often. I hear it pretty much every time I go to the grocery store, every football game we attend, or just anytime I venture out into the world with all three in tow. You would think I had a go-to witty remark tucked into my back pocket, but instead I just laugh and say something like, “Yep. Sure do. They’re pretty sweet, though.” Lame.
4 days ago
If I had a nickel for every time I heard, “Man, you’ve got your hands full,” I could guiltlessly go to Target a lot more often. I hear it pretty much every time I go to the grocery store, every football game we attend, or just anytime I venture out into the world with all three in tow. You would think I had a go-to witty remark tucked into my back pocket, but instead I just laugh and say something like, “Yep. Sure do. They’re pretty sweet, though.” Lame.
4 days ago
It's a catchphrase with which the military spouse is all too familiar: You knew what you were signing up for when you married him. 
4 days ago
Today during my daily chat with D about her day at school, I asked her what she had had for snack at school today. She said, “We had marshmallows and pretzels, but guess what I didn’t eat.” If you know D, you now that what she liked yesterday, she probably doesn’t like today and what she likes today, she will not like tomorrow. So I guessed that she didn’t eat the marshmallows. “No mom. I didn’t eat the pretzels. They were processed in a plant that also processes peanuts.”  Whoa – did those words just come out of my five year old’s mouth? Yes, they did.
4 days ago
On a daily basis, you'll find me wearing many hats and tossing them off my head at helter skelter pace just to stay one step in front of disaster. It's a bit like that book, Cat In the Hat. Yes, that one. If you don't know Dr. Seuss intimately, you're on the wrong website. You know that part where the cat is jumping on the ball and balancing all those spinning plates and random items like a circus professional, shouting "Look at me! Look at me!" That cat is my spirit animal. Everyday is a delicate effort not to crash land in a pile of broken dishes and children's tears.
4 days ago
Picking my children up from school I am constantly in shocked by the clothing that mother’s feel is appropriate attire around children.
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