Being a Grown-Up Is Hard

You guys, I’m drowning. This summer has been all kinds of wonderful, but it has also been all kinds of busy. You see, I like to overload myself with responsibilities and then complain about them. Normally, I enjoy coupling a new, huge undertaking with the birth of a child: 2009, birth of first child: While Keep reading…

Does This Confidence Make My Butt Look Big?

WhenCrazyMeetsExhaustion.com//Finding confidence in my post-baby body

The fam and I made our annual trek to the beach last week, and the weather, unlike last year’s chilly and windy BS, was glorious. The kids had a blast splashing in the surf, digging to China, and eating snacks covered in sand. The grown-ups enjoyed a few too many adult beverages and laughed until our Keep reading…

Boogie Wipes Giveaway!

Hey, you. Yeah, YOU! Wanna win MORE free back-to-school stuff? Then you’ve come to the right place. In celebration of Great Grape Boogie Wipes, I’m teaming up with Boogie Wipes to offer the Great Grape Summer Giveaway!

Oversharing: When Tampons Go Missing

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If this post looks familiar, that’s because I’m re-publishing it to get us back in the spirit of Oversharing. School’s in session, boys and girls. If you’re new ’round these parts, my Oversharing: I Ain’t Scarrred series is basically where we all disclose our most private, horrifying moments with complete strangers. And we laugh and laugh because Keep reading…

Back-to-School Giveaway For Kids and Moms!

In less than a month, it’s alarm-setting time. It’s rushing out the door time. It’s back to school time. You’re either all, “yay!” or “boo!” It depends on how your summer is going; if the kids have been whining that they’re bored and you’re still digging sand out of your bits from vacation, you may be ready Keep reading…

This Is Gosser Hill

When neighborhoods were our village...

If you’re lucky, you grew up in a small town like I did. Friends from the top of the hill, the whole way down to the alley, sprinkled with some crotchety old folks in between. Quad rides to a place aptly nicknamed the Toilet Bowl in the fall, flying down Kepple’s Hill on a sled in Keep reading…

I Wanna Feel Done

8 years

Yesterday, the husband and I celebrated 8 years of wedded bliss. Every July 29, I bug him to pose for The Anniversary Picture that proves we still like each other:   In years past, we’ve held a sign that reads how many years we’ve been married, but 2014 worked out that the ages of the older kids (5 Keep reading…

Balancing Love & Discipline with MomAssembly

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Years ago, my nightstand was home to an array of lip glosses, novels that substituted for reality as long as I continued to turn the pages, notes about upcoming lesson plans, and a framed picture of yours truly and my soon-to-be-husband. Almost ten years later, my nightstand is hidden beneath a cluttered stack of parenting books. And one Keep reading…

Help Baby Feel Better With Essential Oils

Treat common baby illnesses with essential oils WhenCrazyMeetsExhaustion.com

Have you noticed how babies can’t talk? Yeah, it can be pretty frustrating. Me: Why are you crying?! Baby: WAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Me: What do you want?! Baby: AHHHHHHHHHHH! I mean, come on manners. Thankfully I have about 148 books on babies and how to parent them, and according to the experts, my 3-month-old may get teeth Keep reading…

To My Baby Brother, On His 30th Birthday

30 Reasons to have a rockin' 30th birthday

Hellooooo, Michael! You keep telling me to stop writing about my lady bits and birth stuff, and write about you because, like a typical man, you enjoy being fussed over. So, here it is. Your very own post on your very special day. The day you don’t want to celebrate but I’m making a huge Keep reading…

Parents, Stop Using Labels As Scapegoats

Quit using labels as scapegoats!

“Do you think she has a…problem?” My husband asked this about our three-year-old because, recently, she has become really stellar at looking us square in the face and completely ignoring the words coming out of our mouths. I’ve noticed she normally utilizes this tactic when asked to do something. Namely, something she doesn’t want to do. This child is the Keep reading…

Confession: I Use Essential Oils

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Before I introduce you to my inner hippie, let me preface this with a disclaimer that will hopefully break a few stereotypes out there: I shave my armpits. I drive an SUV. I do not have 17 children, 3 sister wives, or live on a commune. Though, some days, that sounds pretty rad. Why do Keep reading…

Once Upon A Time, I Was a Step Team Coach

One regret that lingers from my high school days is that I didn’t embarrass myself more often. Not, like, slip on spilled milk in the cafeteria and fall on my face embarrass. But the kind of invigorating embarrassment that comes from stepping outside of your comfort zone. Of taking a risk. Of allowing all inhibitions to fall by Keep reading…

Water THIS

Don't rely on that cute pink bucket in the back to hold your cellphone...

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Sprint. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.”   ‘Twas the night before the Fourth, In July of last year. But the memory so fresh; The image so clear.

A Very Professional Interview with Johanna Stein, Author of How Not To Calm A Child On a Plane

Johanna Stein: "Life of Mom", a web-series that I did for Yahoo! (http://jojostein.com/video/life-of-mom-how-to-guide-your-future-teen/).

Vomit-covered hands. Dead body discovery. Foul-mouthed, pot-smoking parents (well, mostly Dad). A smuggled placenta. What’s this, you ask? The next episode of Pretty Little Liars? (Does that reference work here? ‘Cause I’ve truthfully never seen the show and had to Google “popular TV series” in the name of a relevant comparison. How’d I do? I shoulda Keep reading…

The 10 People You Meet In the Hospital

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If you’re new ’round these parts, you may not know that I recently expelled a tiny human from my loins. Baby Girl, mine and the husband’s third creation, joined our family in April, but not before an interesting hospital stay. I am somewhat of a self-proclaimed expert on hospital stays, having had a few babies Keep reading…

Kindermint Saves & Makes You Money

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I often joke that my husband is Hitler with a spreadsheet when it comes to managing our family budget. (Can I call him that without being offensive? I never know.) I once found $20 in my coat pocket and he made us put it in the savings for “safe keeping.” Okay, that’s not true, but Keep reading…

Why I Put My Husband (and Sometimes Myself) Before My Kids

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Before I had my own babies, I envisioned the kind of mother I would be: some Carol Brady mixed with Claire from Modern Family and a pinch of Married with Children’s Peg Bundy just for fun. I could never pull off June Cleaver; it’s just not in my DNA to make dinner from scratch every night. And I knew I wouldn’t Keep reading…

A Distraction Is Not An Accident

Pay attention, Grammy!

“I trust you, just not the other drivers on the road.” Even though I got my license about 106 years ago, after failing the permit test once don’t judge me, my dad’s words are still bouncing around in my brain. Since the day my fat head was printed on a little plastic card, my parents Keep reading…

I’m Cheating On My Computer With My Loose-Leaf Notebook

There’s this fun thing going on each Monday with some of the pals in my computer; we’re talking about our writing processes. It’s a blog tour about writing, people! SWOON! As an English teacher, I’ve taught the writing process several times: pre-write, draft, revise, etc. It was always very mechanical (English dork pun right there), Keep reading…