8 Sucky Things Tweens Do That Are Actually Awesome

My 12-year-old daughter wanted to paint her bedroom black. Instead of screaming “Hell, no!” I offered grey as a compromise. Fortunately that color was different enough from her “baby-ish” lavender walls, and she readily agreed ....more

Follow Your Dreams and Fuck the Haters

That’s me. Flipping off the haters. Recently, I taught a course called “Selling Yourself, Not Your Soul” at a blogging conference...more

25 Annoying Things About Parenthood

Yes, we all signed up to be parents, and for the most part, we love it. (Keep saying that over and over again until you believe it.) But there are some very irritating parts about this parenthood gig—things you want to sling poo at (just like your toddler does, which is also really annoying). Everybody has an opinion about what you’re doing and how you’re doing it ....more

Food Fuck-ups and Other Party Disasters

As much as I’d love to cook with the expertise of Julia Childs or throw a party with the casual ease of...more

Having Fun While Your Mom Is in the ICU

My mother almost died a few weeks ago. Like—was rushed...more

The Really Important Chapters Missing From Parenting Manuals

Parenting books seem to focus on the very basic aspects of raising babies and toddlers and gloss over the really important things—like how to change a squirming child in the back of your minivan after a diaper blowout and how to deal with teenage angst and heartbreak. I’m writing a new book with parenting tips to address all of the missing topics from the existing manuals. Here are the proposed chapters: 1 ....more

6 Things I Overlook Because I Love My Husband

“If I could loan you my eyes, you would see how perfect he is.” My grandma declared this...more

The Road to Hell Is Paved with Clowns

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you are probably familiar with my stance on clowns. I hate them. Not a normal level of hate, mind you ....more

What Not to Wear: A Dress Guide

Everyone needs a brand-new dress every once in a while, right? Something special and fun that makes you feel fabulous? Like glitter and rainbows? ...more