You know the saying, "When it rains, it pours?" That's all facts. I have been stressed to the MAX for a plethora of reasons, some of which aren't my reasons to share and so I shan't, but please trust when I say: I am teetering, people. TEETERING. via GIPHY So, as I'm teetering, my kids have ... » Learn More about No Flame, Just Gas: A Tale of a Really Close Call
Oh, hi. Feeling stressed? Like you can't catch your breath? Bowels raging against you? Just me? If you're feeling a bit AHHHHHHHHH right now, it's understandable, especially if you're a parent. Back-to-school is advertised as some sort of long-awaited freedom for parents, but in actuality it's ... » Learn More about Busy & Stressed & AHHHH?! Same.
All kids (and many adults...) experience tantrums, although they are most common during the toddler period. Understanding the motives behind the tantrums can be useful when learning to diffuse and prevent them. Having raised three toddlers, and educating many adolescents, I know a little something ... » Learn More about Tantrum? Don’t Mind If I Do! –kids
Oh, hey. I don't write much any more because KIDS and also KIDS. My crew is busy with a capital B (also expensive with a capital E...why don't the baby books prepare us for the cost of a 14-year-old boy's giant shoes?!), but I've come across a writing opportunity to make a little money by sharing ... » Learn More about 11 Fun Things To Do as an Expectant Mother
In the quiet of the morning, my husband and I plant Valentine's Day cards for one another. He puts mine by my coffee; I put his on his school bag. A quick kiss--which is brave since I haven't yet brushed my teeth--and he's off to work. The end. We have no plans, no reservations. There are no ... » Learn More about 21 & Counting
Yes, hello! I did a very professional adult thing and got to travel for work. On an airplane. All by myself. To those of you rolling your eyes because omg so what?, move along. This story is for those of us who hear the phrase "flying solo" and immediately began sweating. This is also for anyone who ... » Learn More about Academic Success, Hushpuppies, & Feet
Hiya. You're stuck with me again because I've made a personal goal to write more, even if that writing is barely edited word-vomit. That's how I started this shindig, and when SiteGround, my expensive hosting service, billed me for my soul again this past December, I said to myself, "Self. Let's ... » Learn More about It’s Not Me. It’s You.
Each November 14th, I treat myself to cake and coffee for my birthday breakfast. In the quiet of the early morning, I happily stuff my face while reflecting on the past 12 months. I always come away with the same rumination: it’s so rude how the days are long and jam-packed with 42-year-old ... » Learn More about Decade of Action
This is a happily sponsored post. Carry on. It's happening a lot lately, forgetting what I was going to say or why I walked into a room. And if I don't engage in the physical act of writing something down, there's no chance I remember it either. I used to be so organized that I was a step ... » Learn More about Caring for MyCELLF with Mikra’s CELLF
I grew up in an Italian American family. We eat when we are happy. We eat when we are sad. We eat when we are mourning. We eat when we are celebrating. Food is an expression of love. ~Nicole Mancini Mountain Pickles & Pancetta Premium Antipasto and Charcuterie Girl, ... » Learn More about Pickles & Pancetta: The Sixth Love Language is Food