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Book Review: When Did I Get Like This?… by Amy Wilson

When Did I Get Like This?: The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be by Amy Wilson My rating: 5 of 5 stars (I first read this when it came out in 2010 and recently picked it up again. It still makes me laugh and cry and appreciate even … Continue reading

Five on Friday: On Parents, Phones and Being Preoccupied

For the last few days, I was tossing around different ideas for the Friday Five and I kept coming back to smart phones, and how I use mine for practically everything except actually talking on the phone. Bingo! I could easily list five ways that I use my smart phone. It was kind of a … Continue reading

Father’s Day: Sowing a Memory

  My husband loves to work out in the yard. But between kids, school, military duty, more kids, and more military duty, the poor garden has become a dumping ground for rocks and deflated balls. The apple trees desperately need to be sprayed and the grapes and berries cry out to be pruned. Still, when … Continue reading

Five on Friday: Keeping the Kids Busy This Summer

Apologies for the…um, hiatus that we (by we, I mean I) took from the Friday Five. But it’s back! This week’s post was partially inspired by Lynn’s manifesto, as well as by some articles that I’ve written about entertaining kids during the summer. Sure, it’s easy for me to just throw a list of tips out there. However, I’m actually experiencing a … Continue reading

8 Great Last-Minute Teacher Gifts

The end of the school year is once again upon us. Throughout the year, you’ve probably been pinning cute ideas for teacher gifts. But unless you’re one of those highly organized people (that is NOT us!), you’ve probably not even thought about a teacher gift in these last few weeks. Or maybe thinking about it … Continue reading

How a Baby Turtle Changed My Perspective

A most curious thing happened the other day. My stepson, Dylan, was mowing the backyard, when something caught his eye. He scooped it up and came in the house to show me. His excitement caught the attention of my littlest ones, Finn (4) and Moira (2). “Look!” he said, holding out his open hand. There, … Continue reading

On this Mother’s Day, can we agree we’re all “Mom Enough”?

It’s Mother’s Day. I’ve gotten breakfast in bed and adorable trinkets made just for me, as well as a special gift from my dear husband. I’ve also broken up one fight and sent three whining children to their rooms for much-needed late-morning naps. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my day. And … Continue reading

I is for Infertility Sucks

Infertility sucks.  I could end the blog post here and most of you would understand. Those two words encompass everything there is to say… About the inability to get pregnant—or, like me, stay pregnant longer than three months—and give birth. About the tears you shed every month along with your useless uterine lining. About the … Continue reading

G is for Girl Scouts

This year marks the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary. In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low (“Daisy”), founded the organization with just 18 girls. By 1920, the organization boasted a membership roll of 70,000. Today, the Girl Scouts have over 3.7 million members worldwide. My daughter and I are among those members. I was a Brownie in second … Continue reading

C is for Car Seat Basics

The number one killer of children under the age of 4 is automobile accidents. If that statistic doesn’t scare you enough, how about this one: 8 out of 10 carseats are either improperly used or installed.  That means 80% of the children riding in their parents’ cars today are at risk for serious or fatal … Continue reading

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