7 Tips to Make Your Blog User Friendly

There are several things about the layout and appearance of a blog, as well as accessibility of social media following options, that I always take notice of when visiting other blogs. They are things that guide my own blog layout, so I obviously like them. Some of the following tips are my personal preference, others I've noticed on successful blogs, and then some I have taken under advisement from other credible sources. It makes sense to want readers to find your blog easy to navigate. The last thing you want is to have someone get frustrated and click away when something compelled them to come over in the first place. Besides, if you're not writing to be read and interacted with, why are you writing on the Internet? ...more
Bloppies Thanks for the RT!more

10 Reasons I am Grateful for my Children

Sunday is Mother's Day here in this part of the world. It's a day when my children will act like sweet, cherubic little darlings, wait on me hand and foot, snuggle on demand and then leave me alone afterwards. I won't have to cook or clean or fold one piece of laundry, nor hunt down a lost shoe... beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep! Wha?? blink, blink. Oh. I was dreaming. Dang. Pretty sure in the 13 years I've been a mom, Mother's Day has never been quite that idyllic....more

Who is a Caregiver?

There is this issue that has been bugging me for awhile. It is that I feel I am not seen as a caregiver to my husband. It seems that people think of caregivers only as those who tend to the elderly or children. I get a newsletter from the chain of clinics my family sees doctors at. In it I've seen a blurb about a support group for caregivers. Looking closer, I see that it is specifically for those who care for someone who has Alzheimer's....more

How Much TMI Can a Marriage Take?

In the beginning of a relationship we try to keep our bodily functions private so as not to come across as crude or unattractive in any way. Somewhere down the line we get comfortable. Really comfortable. We no longer close the door when using the toilet. We let farts go without giving it a second thought. Maybe we'll say something like, "Heehee, oops, excuse me." But then even the "excuse me"s stop. It turns into, "I can't help it!"s. Men adjust their junk, women reposition their bras....more

Because of Chronic Illness

Now that we're past the middle of the month I feel I can safely say February 2014 will probably go down in history as one of the cruddiest and most stressful for Mark and I.Technically, I suppose everything is really happening to my husband. Seems like everything that isn't a major medical crisis is afflicting him. But see, when you're married, the things that happen to your spouse, happen to you too....more

Heavy Burdens

Suddenly doing a little traveling by myself has brought some not-so-happy things to the surface for my husband.. On a day I was gone for my friend's birthday, he spent the whole day alone. He didn't have work, the kids were at school, plus the schools got locked-down due to some police activity and they were both late getting home. Most of us LOVE having that much time alone. Some never get that kind of time....more

It Was Just a Blip

I was really enjoying not spending time at the hospital. I have loved not feeling completely freaked out. But I knew something was coming. I don't know how I knew, but I did. I was starting to feel overly anxious out of the blue. Unsettling thoughts kept rearing their ugly little heads in my mind. Always, though, we think of ways to try not to worry needlessly. When my husband didn't feel well on one day it was easy to explain it away as, "Oh, he just needs his dialysis on tomorrow."...more

Complicated Cool

I am a married SAHM of two. My husband has Type 1 Diabetes, is on dialysis and has heart problems. Further, I am visually impaired and my daughter has ADHD. We are your typical “family of 4”….but not.Every single time I type all that out I marvel at what a mouthful it is! It’s a lot, for sure, but it’s our normal.Normal? The older I get the more I accept that “normal” is subjective. One night at dinner I asked my kids what they think of our little family. My 13 year old daughter said that we’re pretty cool, but also complicated. My 7 1/2 year old son simply said, “Epic!”....more

I Was in a Bad Mood, and Then My Husband Had an Insulin Reaction

My husband had a nasty insulin reaction the other night. He hasn't had any so bad in quite awhile. He was alone downstairs after we put the kids to bed. I was upstairs in our bedroom watching Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, drinking a cup of hot chocolate and trying to get over how thoroughly frustrated I was with how our evening had gone.I was up there thinking how happy I was to just BE, me and the TV, and that yummy cup of hot cocoa. The stress of the evening was slowly melting away as I lost myself in my favorite shows.......more
Cats can be very soothing... even sometimes when they are being snooty. I'm glad your husband is ok.more

Please Stop Being So Judgy

I am absolutely sick and bloody tired of everyone passing judgments on others.It's pissing me off, actually.Assumptions. Expectations. Preconceived notions. Prejudices. Judgments.Just stop it.Find something else to do.You are no better than me. I am no better than you.People's personal lifestyle choices have nothing to do with you.Other's circumstances are not your circumstances....more
Yes.  A little compassion, love, and kindness for others goes a long way in making this world a ...more