My secret addiction

Do you remember when you were a kid and would hide things from your parents.  I can remember hiding candy in my room and saving it for a time to satisfy my sweet tooth.  I never thought I would have to do the same thing with my husband. ...more

Working Mom Winter Woes

Help! It's snowing where I live and I've been stuck at home with two kids all day.  I am going stir crazy here.  This is the first day I haven't been able to take the kids to the park or play in the back yard.  I know what you are all probably thinking "Why don't you go take those kids outside to play in the snow. It will be good to get some fresh air!" Cold, wet clothes, frozen skin, that's why. ...more

The after school activity I didn't think my daughter would like...

was helping me with the housework.  Yesterday, she helped unload the dishwasher and sort the silverware.  She also cleaned her room and made her bed.  Today she helped me mop the floor with the Swiffer wet jet.  She actually enjoyed doing these things. When I told her that she was going to mop with the Swiffer that "I was the best mommy ever!" This is not the reaction I was expecting, This also was not what I had in mind when I wanted to sign her up for an after school activity. ...more

Who needs black Friday when I can find cheap gifts at a gas staion

Ok, I know what you are all thinking I'm crazy. "A gas station is not an appropriate place to buy a Christmas present. What did she buy, windshield wiper blades?" everyone is thinking to themselves. I found a bargin and it is not black Friday.  I found the Disney movie "Monster's University" for $9.99. This is by far the cheapest I have ever seen this movie sold.  Maybe it will be on sale on black Friday, but I already have my copy. I don't have to wait in line and risk being ran over by a shopping cart. ...more

Excuse me while I remove my face from the Halloween candy

Ok, Halloween is over and there are left overs everywhere.  We have an overflowing candy bowl at home as well as two treat bags my kids brought home from trick or treating.  There is even candy at work because of course no one wants their family actually eating the candy that their kids worked so hard for. Here are the excuses that I use to justify eating leftover candy at home and at work....more

My six year old has turned sassy

Getting my six year old daughter up in the morning for school has become a chore that I absolutely hate.  We go through the same routine the whining, the crying, and the fake sleeping.  The phrase "I don't want to go to school today!" resonates in my ear drums.  I know there are ways to deal with this. This is what I've tried so far....more

35 and alive

Today is my 35th birthday. It's taken me 35 years to get to this date in history.  So it seemed appropriate that I have a huge celebration.It started this morning at 6am with my six year old daughter screaming "Happy Birthday Mommy!, It's time to get up!!!!!! Lovely.I got to read a book on my Kindle for most of the morning because my daughter and son were so busy playing train and making me birthday pictures. Then it was on to fine dining at Mcdonalds, followed by a lively session of reading while my kids screamed in the playland. ...more

Go dump a bucket of ice on someone, we need to help West Africa!

Remember earlier this year when everyone was doing the ALS ice bucket challenge? It was super popular and raised a lot of awareness for ALS as well as monetary donations.  I think we need to do something similar to help out the Ebola patients of west Africa. ...more

From 2004 to 2014

Things on my schedule in 20041.  Work full time at the insurance company2. Work part time at department store3. Go to school part time at community college4. Volenteer 2 days a week at nursing home5.  Study6. Visit friends and family This seems like a ton to do, but I had everything on a calender and remembered everything.  I never missed a deadline, an assignment. As Taylor Swift says "I never miss a beat, I'm lightning on my feet" But maybe I was able to handle this because I was Taylor Swift's age in 2004. ...more

Update: Results of elementary fundraising

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how I thought my daughter's elementary school fundraiser was unfair.  If student's sold 31 items or over $200 in merchandise, they would get a pizza party during school hours and would not have to wear uniforms.  I felt bad for the kids whose parents did not have a way to sell the 31 items or the ability to pay the $200.  My daughter is only in kindergarten. I think kids at that age may feel left out if they could not go to the pizza party or wear regular clothes. ...more