We All Survived


On Friday night, I babysat four kids under the age of four in order to give my best friend a much-deserved night out. Since two of the kiddos were mine, I was feeling confident I could manage. No, I was not drunk. I’m just a good friend. After a successful dinner, the older kids were […]

Maternalosis Degenerative Progression Syndrome: Reversing the Effects of Mom Years

Mom Years (1)

We’re all familiar with the unfortunate nature by which dogs age, adding seven years at a time rather than the normal one people-year. Except, I don’t know many people beyond the age of five who are truly only aging annually; between throwing down too many processed foods, constant exposure to environmental risks, countless bad choices, […]

The Worst Mother I’ve Ever Seen

The worst mother I've ever seen...

I hear her before I see her. She is grumbling under her breath because of her toddler’s incessant cries. Someone obviously didn’t give this lady the memo that crying is what little kids do. The child, holding on to the woman’s leg, is begging to be carried. “Up! Up!” her little voice says over and over. The woman seems angry that her own child wants to be […]

Going From Mundane to Mahvelous!

Love Notes

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how my kids will remember their childhood. Will they hold on to the countless notes and cards I wrote for them before they could even read? Will they remember Daddy scooping them up and snuggling them into his beard, despite giggly protests? Or will my children recall their childhood as […]

Itchy Itchy, Scratchy Scratchy

Before giving your kid medicine,

Natalie and I were inseparable. As 9-year-olds do, we shared secrets, sleepovers, and sesame seed sized insects in our hair. You know, LICE. I was there on that hot July afternoon when Natalie’s mom discovered lice in her daughter’s shoulder length strawberry blonde hair. A quick look at my brown bob and it was official: we were both […]

To the woman who refused to pierce my daughter’s ears

Ear piercing

Over a month of pleading and well-timed compliments of my “sparkly ear jewelry,” and our four-year-old daughter Ella had sent a clear message: she wanted her ears pierced. I mused about it on Facebook, hoping for tips and reputable places, though the surprising backlash by some gave me pause…and giggles. We’re waiting to get her tattoo until she’s 6, relax! […]

A Lesson in Gender Fluidity or Tolerance?

A Lesson in Gender Fluidity or Kindness

When I began my teaching career, I had the benefit of working alongside one of the most brilliant, forward-thinking minds to ever grace a classroom. My mentor and pal, Beth, lives to challenge her students to think, and from her passion transpired an opportunity to move them beyond reading and writing and toward feeling and doing; she created The RIGHTS Project. RIGHTS stands for: […]

Daddy Eye Candy

Or maybe it's the beachwear...

Before I was betrothed to Zach, I used to look for a certain “something” in potential suitors: a nice smile, kind eyes, and I’ve always loved a man in a watch. What? It’s my fantasy, lay off. If you had told me 10 years ago that a man rocking a wedding band, totting two kids […]

To Thine Own Self Be Shoe.

I'm not 21 any more and it's about time my wardrobe reflects that fact!

While chasing our toddlers from the onslaught of crashing waves, my husband casually remarked how footprints in the sand are here one minute and gone the next, erased forever by the gritty salt water. He wondered, naturally, if any of his footprints would stand the test of time. His musings had great potential for inspirational conversation, but instead, […]

Reading Saves Lives


I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I would pretend I could read long before I knew how to string letters together to create those magical words. One of my parents’ favorite pictures is of a potty-training me sitting atop my plastic throne perusing a book I clutched upside down in […]

You Stink. Let Me Help! (A friendly giveaway)

Febreze Giveaway

Back to School is here, yo! Where did summer go? I think I rhyme when I’m nervous.   It’s no secret my main man is starting Kindergarten this fall, and I may be spiking my coffee with Kahlua for a little liquid courage to keep it together while waving at the departing bus. With our official beginning to elementary […]

Kiss and Go

When goodbyes are difficult, kiss & go is best.

At my son’s Kindergarten orientation, the principal put a name to the thing I’ve reluctantly been doing for the past three years: in order for my kid to be successful in independent endeavors, I’ve had no choice but to kiss and go. I don’t like the quick embrace and the quicker release; I would love to […]

When Your Kid Drops An F-Bomb

young boy with hand over mouth

He danced in the fresh air, arms stretched upward to the spring sunshine, elated to be outdoors with his favorite person: me. My four-year-old relished our one-on-one time; when his younger sister napped, he got Mom all to himself. And on this day, he requested we head outside for a game of cornhole. Well-versed in tailgate games (*parents of the […]

Get Your Read On! FOR FREE!

Let all these great reads

Hey, want a bunch of new books on someone else’s dime? Free stuff! Now I’ve got your attention, huh? I’ve teamed up with a bunch of my blogging buddies and asked the question: what book would you recommend for a last-blast at summer reading? What book would you love to share with others? Every month, […]

Oversharing. I Naired My Face: A Cautionary Tale

Waxing Woes

You may remember Amanda from her last guest post whereupon she shared her “little” story with us. Teehee. Little. Aaaanyway, she’s back today with another Oversharing that is bound to have you clutching your chinny chin chin hairs in horror. Read with caution. You have been warned. ********** It’s an ordinary day. And like any other […]

Don’t Monday Morning Quarterback Me

Don't judge

There are days that feel like the big game is resting squarely on my sore shoulders. I’m the quarterback, the clock is running out, and gigantic dudes who get paid to lay me out are snarling threats inches from my face. Yet the job requires a cool head and clear thought process if I’m going to be anything that resembles successful. […]

And I Was So Excited When They Learned To Talk…

Kids say the darn--forget it. Let's be real--they're humiliating.

It’s not that I set out to intentionally make those around me uncomfortable. I just do it. The problem has been pinpointed (I’ve no filter and say what others only think) and named: I believe the textbook term is Verbal Diarrhea. I’ve learned to live with VD (teehee) and make adjustments when necessary, namely, not speak in public. […]

What I’ve Learned About Fiverr

Fiverr review

A few days ago, I received an email from a nice gentleman named Mark. He was inquiring about my writing services and, being a freelance writer and a blog owner, I didn’t see anything unusual about his message. Then he referenced my Fiverr account and I was all what the whaaaa? I had never heard […]

Epic January

Dystopian Literature Unit

My first teaching gig was my absolute favorite. It was challenging and I went home in tears some days, but anything worth doing makes you cry, right?   Just pretend.   Though it has been longer than I’d care to admit since I was a Valley Viking, my relationships with former colleagues have endured the years. […]

When Panty Lines Attack

Panty Lines

Today is my anniversary, which means on this day 9 years ago, I had to cut my mom’s panties off of her. My parents had graciously turned their house into a hotel/salon for the gals in my wedding party. It was the morning of my I Do Day, and all of us were getting glammed up. The make-up artist was […]