Where is the Strangest Place You Ever Breastfed?

The crickets.It's the crickets chirping in the air that signal the end of summer to me here in Michigan. The nights get cooler and the crickets chirp louder and more often. The sun, which never seemed to set just a few weeks ago, goes to bed by 9 pm.And it is this late August setting that always, always reminds me of the time I first breastfed in public. Because it was 11 years ago on a late August night that I finally took the plunge and breastfed my newborn in public....more

How to Buy a Bra when You're a Mom

It was a girls’ weekend. My husband and son were away at a baseball tournament and I had a whole weekend to hang out with my best gal – my seven-year-old daughter.We were going shopping, getting pedicures, hitting the movies, and playing at the park.First things first, I needed a new bra. And Macy’s was having a sale. AND they had coupons on top of the sale. I wouldn’t have to shell out $60 for a Wacoal (which I love…but $60 for a bra? Come on!)....more

Motherhood is...

"Motherhood is buying a shirt for your daughter that she tried on and loved in the store only to have her refuse to wear it at home because it’s too itchy.“This was the status update I posted on my blog’s Facebook page last week.  So simple, yet so true....more

GenX References That My Kids Don't Get

I gave him a hug, the young 22-year-old who was graduating from college. Arnold (not his real name) had worked for me at the University since he was an 18-year-old freshman. And here he was. Going out into the real world.He told me about his new job in Milwaukee.“Ooo,” I said excitedly. “Did you know that Milwaukee has a statue of Fonzie?”“Who?” he replied.“You  know, The Fonz?”Blank stare.“From Happy Days?”Blank stare. Followed by a polite smile....more

Things I've Stepped on Since I've Had Kids

Huh.That was a new one.I looked down at my feet and the object upon which I’d just stepped. It was a plastic cup. And not a drinking cup, but a protective cup from my ten-year-old’s baseball shorts. Now how did THAT get on the living room floor?It could be the strangest thing I’d ever stepped on. But then again, since I’ve had kids, I’ve stepped on things I didn’t even know existed before! Here’s a quick list of things I’ve stepped on:...more

10 Signs You've Watched 'Frozen' Too Many Times

The other day my ten-year-old son went into the bathroom he shares with his sister and shut the door. I presume he had to take care of some business. Moments later, his little sister, age seven, came looking for him. She noticed the closed door, knocked on it, and sang, “Do you want to build a snowman?” ...more
cmillerrindy ha! We may be over it too. 7yo requested The Goonies!more

Why ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen Should Win an Academy Award

 The 86th Academy Awards will be held this Sunday. Will you be watching?I haven’t watched the Academy Awards in their entirety since 1999. That’s the year that they voted “American Beauty” the Best Picture. I thought that movie was terrible, so I parted ways with the Oscars.That said, I do love to check out the gowns on the Red Carpet and I usually flip to the Academy Awards a few times during the night....more

How I Met Anna and Elsa from Frozen

They say a picture’s worth a 1,000 words.In my case, it’s the story BEHIND the picture that might take 1,000 words....more

5 Great Moms from Christmas Movies

It's the most wonderful time of the year, especially on TV. I catch my favorite Christmas movie, Miracle on 34th Street, at least once during December. (Not the remake, only the original will do.) I'm also a fan of Elf, Home Alone, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and A Christmas Story. ...more
burbstoboonies and yet without the moms, all those movies would not be the same! Or even good, ...more

Tips for Running a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

I fed spaghetti to 100 people Saturday night.Well, me and a cast of thousands (okay, a cast of <10 people)....more