Breastfeeding: Been There, Done That, Not Doing It Again!

I consider myself intelligent and sufficiently educated. I know the laundry list of stated benefits to breastfeeding. I know it's the best. But, I don't want to do it. I'm scared. ...more

Being a SAHM Is My Financial Contribution to Our Family

I'm certain I'm one of those stay at home moms you would hate. I complain about my kid regularly, about how I don't have much time for myself, and how I shouldn't be spending money on this or that. Hate me if you like, but while I confess to my husband how demanding being a stay-at-home mom is, I'm also reminded of how blessed I feel that we're able to pull it off. Our decision to have me stay home with my child (soon to be children) hasn't come without some raised eyebrows and judgement from some working parents. ...more
This is great - a lot of people don't understand that for a lot of families, SAHMs are *more* ...more

Sentimental On the First Day of Preschool


How to Get Blogging Review Opportunities

Thanks for all these tips I had only heard of one of these! I recently joined Influenster and ...more

Will I Survive the Terrible Year of the Threenager?

I feel pretty confident that the answer is no!  Maybe physically I'll survive ... nothing has succeeded in killing me yet.  Mentally, however, my threenager is making me more and more insane. ...more

Please Don't Give Me a Push Present, UNLESS...

I found the topic of push presents, or push gifts, to be rather materialistic in nature.  I, still, can't quite grasp the idea that a woman should receive some fancy trinket or bauble because she has given (or will give) birth to a baby, which, more than likely, SHE wanted in the first place.I say these things as a mother of one and currently expecting my second.  With my first pregnancy, I enjoyed it rather immensely and I was just so excited to be having a baby that gifts other than what we needed for the baby never even came to mind.  I carried and delivered a baby because that is what I wanted to do.  No one forced me to have a baby.  I wasn't doing it out of guilt or obligation.  I was having a baby because it was a dream of mine for as long as I could remember....more

Do You Like Being Pregnant?

With my first pregnancy, I loved the majority of the nine months.  There were a few days that weren't quite pleasurable, but overall, I had a decent pregnancy.  I think the couple of times I didn't like it were the few days of morning sickness or inability to eat, and the hot summer months when I was at my largest.  And, as most mothers experience, the last couple of weeks were miserable as I was too large around my midsection to tie shoes or bend over to pick up anything I dropped....more

Poor Response to Hashimoto's Treatment - Testing Adrenals/Cortisol

I had all but neglected the health part of my blog.  I haven't updated anyone on my "progress" in what seems like forever.  How does that happen?  Let me tell you ...I've spent months working with my doctor to get Hashi under control.  I've gone from gluten free living, to Paleo, to some sort of hybrid after food intolerance testing.  Every stage in treatment has left me feeling more and more run down.  Further and further away from my goal of healing.  I've been beyond frustrated and lacked motivation or energy to do much....more