7 Unique Ideas For Your Kids' Teachers' Gifts This Holiday Season

Listen, I don't mean to alarm you, but the gift-giving season is fast approaching. Like, warp speed fast. Like, scary fast. If you don't want to be caught shopping at the very last minute, now is the time to get your act together—especially if you have kids in school and you're the type that likes to gift the teacher. The truth is that school ends before Christmas Day, so you need to get in gear now if you want to thank your kids' teacher for putting up with all of their antics thus far this school year! ...more
I AM SHARING that gift tree idea now! more

When Your Kids Don't Need More Stuff This Holiday Season

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I can't get motivated for Christmas shopping this year. My kids have so much stuff already. I know I can make a donation in their names instead, but I'm not sure my teens will appreciate it. What should I do? Signed,Drowning in Too Much Stuff _____________________________________ Dear Too Much Stuff, ...more
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I Yelled at a Stranger's Kid on Vacation

I've wanted to write about this for a while, but I've been sitting on it to decide whether or not I still felt justified in my actions, or if I was having a moment of poor judgment. Now that I'm a few weeks removed from the event, I'm going with the former. I yelled at a stranger's kid at the resort pool on vacation and I'm not sorry. I have two children of my own—and I use the term loosely because my "kids" are 13 and 16. Still, I understand that kids are free spirits, and vacation hysteria is a real thing. ...more
I just recently reprimanded a child who was misbehaving at a playground full of kids. This child ... more

Blowout Party Menu for the 2014 Oscars

The Academy Awards is coming up once again on Sunday, March 2. And for many of us, that means throwing an Oscar-watching party. So break out the bubbly, put out some snacks, and get ready for you and your friends to shout over each other at the TV. Here’s a menu that’s red carpet-ready, with seven dishes inspired by the nominees. American Hustle: Homemade Doritos Image: Courtesy of Heather’s French Press ...more
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Amanda Rettke Has a New Book Coming Soon

Amanda Rettke of I Am Baker has a new book available for preorder: Surprise-Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion--with a Little Something Extra Inside. ...more
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I Called Nordstrom....And They Picked Up!

I had a hectic moment this weekend. My daughter has a dance recital coming soon and her dance photos are happening today.  I had put off buying the white canvas Keds sneakers she needed to complete her costume and she needed them for photos.  I made a special trip to the store the director recommended to buy them; they were nearly sold out and my daughter's size was not available.   Upon returning home, I started prowling websites to see who offered this classic sneaker....more
Hapamom It was so refreshing and welcoming. Big Thumbs up!more

I Called Nordstrom....And They Picked Up!

I had a hectic moment this weekend. My daughter has a dance recital coming soon and her dance photos are happening today.  I had put off buying the white canvas Keds sneakers she needed to complete her costume and she needed them for photos.  I made a special trip to the store the director recommended to buy them; they were nearly sold out and my daughter's size was not available.   Upon returning home, I started prowling websites to see who offered this classic sneaker....more
TheBlackTortoise Great words! more

10 Sure Signs You Might Be a Cocktail Snob

Are you a cocktail snob?  You might be a cocktail snob if: 1.  You wouldn't dare look at booze in the liquor store on the bottom shelf.2.  You don't drink beer from an aluminum can.3.  You wouldn't dream of buying wine in the economy 1.5-liter size.4.  You keep fresh lemons and limes on hand in case you have to "muddle." ...more
Karen Ballum I think drinking a martini in a solo cup is perfectly acceptable!more

Lessons Learned from Going Facebook-Free

After being Facebook-free for four months, Cindy LaFerle has some thoughts to share about the things she has noticed from a distance. There are things that she misses including the birthday reminders and links she would have otherwise overlooked, but being away has made her like people a lot more. Not just specific people; people in general. I especially love her advice on questioning your motives before you post. ...more
Yep, I stepped away last year, came back, and am now contemplating stepping away again and ... more

Scholastic Makes Big Changes to Book Order Flyers: Should Our Kids Only Read Grade-Level Books?

Do you know what my absolute favorite thing about elementary school used to be? Do you know what my absolute favorite thing about being a parent of kids old enough to attend elementary school is now? Scholastic Book Orders! I remember sitting on the floor in my parents' living room, poring over the colorful pages, and circling everything I "had" to have this month. My boys now do the same. But this year, Scholastic Book Orders will have a very different look. ...more
I agree.  My children are all reading beyond their grade level, yet they also love old classics ... more