When a Not-So-Small Town is Struck: Rape Culture

I’m trying to articulate my thoughts.  They are jumbled, scattered, yet so, so clear in my mind.  It’s the words that aren’t coming together right.  Like a jigsaw puzzle, I am turning each piece over, observing its defining characteristics, and hunting down its precise place....more
Excellent and thought provoking article. Kudos to you for standing up and protesting this. Be ...more

Will I Ever Be Ready?

What do you do when your body and brain are at odds with your heart?We've been telling people that, without a doubt, 4 children is plenty.  This is it.  We're done now.  Captain is absolutely sure.  But, if I'm being honest with myself, for me, the feeling just isn't there....more

A Mother's Perspective on Richard Sherman's Post-Game Interview

Mothers, let me ask some questions. If someone was trash-talking your boy, what advice would you give him? Ignore it? Walk away? Tell an adult? Stand up for yourself? If someone mistreats, verbally or physically, your children, how do you tell them to handle it? Image: © Tony Overman/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com ...more
funnyisfamilyI love that he gets so excited.  Few people really LIVE the passion they claim to ...more

I'm no longer interested in being a "1 Hit Wonder"

“Do you ever just get frustrated that you don’t have something you’re great at?  I know I’m good at a lot of things, and, given time and effort, I could be great at them as well…  But, I know myself.  I get bored easily, and what feels fun one week turns into a chore the next.  I am surrounded by such an amazing group of talented people and almost every single day I get jealous and depressed, because I haven’t found my ‘thing’ yet.  How do I narrow it down to one, five, or even ten things that I’d like to learn and become better at?  I’m sick of waiting for it ...more

What the Fox Say

The song by Ylvis is disturbingly catchy... it's been in my head since New Year, when Captain and I finally caught up on Glee and had NO CLUE what was happening during their cover.  Really, we thought they were all under a hefty dose of happy gas.So, since it's pretty much constantly in my head now, and Mr. Monkey chose the animated Robin Hood movie as our entertainment for the morning, this happened:...more

I Don't Love My Body, and That's Okay

It's hard to keep up with all the health and fitness movements that are constantly cycling in and out of popularity.  Yo-yo diets, Thinspo sites, conflicting reports on which foods burn the most fat where on your body. Diet groups, fitness clubs, television shows coupled with media sensationalized images and stories of extreme weight losses/gains: it's nearly impossible to navigate the path to health without stumbling across something that makes you feel as if you aren't doing it "right." ...more
changesofheartIn a world where only the picture perfect parts are shown/discussed, we need to ...more

I Used Charcoal to Whiten My Teeth

Being a chemical/toxin free house is an ever growing chore ... between foods, beauty products, and cleaning products, practically everything needs a second look to determine if it's safe or not.Tooth-whitening treatments are no exception.I tried a commercial at-home tooth-whitening system a while ago, but it literally stripped layers of skin in my mouth away. After rinsing, I could peel a layer of skin off of the inside of my cheeks. Gross, and seriously painful.I didn't get past two days....more
This is a great idea, and I like the results.  I would rather have a more subtly whitened ...more

To Elf or Not to Elf?

I feel like I'm watching an epic battle... or a ridiculously overpaid sports game...  or an insidiously petty cat-fight.The Elf on the Shelf (EotS) is becoming the epicenter of the holiday's version of mommy wars.It's no longer SAHMs vs Working Moms...It's EotS moms vs Anti-EotS Moms. ...more
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10 Stages of Infant Breastfeeding

Every baby needs to eat, and whether you breast or bottle feed your little lactose lapper, there is no denying that there are stages of infant mealtime.  Here I list the 10 stages I've experienced through breastfeeding 4 babies.1) YOU'VE OBVIOUSLY FORGOTTEN ABOUT ME AND I'M STARVING TO DEATH AND SERIOUSLY ABOUT TO DIE SO FEEDMENOW!They notify you of this stage by crying or screaming long and loud, with very little warning, and they cry so hard that they fail to notice the nipple brushing against their lips for at least 10 full seconds....more
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Thankful for: The Big 3

Here it is, the ubiquitous post about gratitude.  It’s the spirit of the season, and though the traditions of Thanksgiving have a controversial background, it doesn’t make the holiday less special for those of us who look forward to it year after year.I could list the million and one things that I’m thankful for throughout the year, but I’d probably just end up annoying myself....more