As with many blogs about parenthood, mine started out as an online journal... read more



As with many blogs about parenthood, mine started out as an online journal catered to a small circle of family and friends. I recorded milestones, described our outings, but more importantly, I wrote down lessons I learned about being a mom. As the blog slowly started to grow, I realized that the posts might be helpful to other parents, whether I wrote about tips or topics that made me delve deeper into my own parenting methods.

In January 2012, I launched the blog into the public space, hoping to connect and share with other parents all that I’m learning in this new (or not-so-new) role of mine.

What this blog isn’t
You won’t find any diatribes for or against particular ways of parenting: I won’t persuade you to vaccinate, breastfeed, go to work, or sleep train your baby, for instance. So, even though I talk about how to stay motivated with breastfeeding or why I don’t bother with working mom guilt, those are topics I share only because I went through the experience, and are by no means a call to action to end all formula-feeding or to tell every mom to work outside the home.

What you’ll find
Together, we’ll discuss child development and behavior, communicating better with our little ones, and how to stay sane when parenting gets the best of us. You’ll hear from other parents about effective ways to help your frightened toddler overcome her fear of bath time or the importance of the family dinner. Hopefully each time you read the blog, you’ll walk away with more tips and motivation on how to be a better parent.

Who am I?
I’m a 33-year-old working mom to a three-year-old little one and am expecting twin boys in a few months. I’m a Southern Cali girl, hence some references to beautiful weather and unbelievable traffic (it’s all true). When I’m not with LO, I’m usually cooking in the kitchen, tapping away on the computer or reading yet another book. I can’t get enough of How I Met Your Mother. I love anything about parenting, and I’m always interested in finding ways to live frugally and ecologically.

As my tagline states, this blog records what I learned as a mom. I’m not an expert; instead I sought to improve my own parenting—particularly when I ran into challenges—and turned to books, friends, and other blogs and sites, hoping to find answers. I started writing about what I’ve learned, took the advice that worked for me and wanted to share how doing so has helped me become a better mom to my child.

The site has grown steadily thanks in large part to the SSBE community—readers like you who turn to the site for information, discuss thought-provoking topics and share parenting tips in the comments. If you’re new around here, check out our most viewed posts.

Welcome! Thanks for reading along and joining us.