I didn’t step on a LEGO today – And other small parenting victories

Have you ever heard the phrase “it’s the little things in life that count?”...more

Blueberry muffins & honey butter recipe hack

Weekday mornings are kinda hectic at our house. Me: What kind of cereal would you like? Kid: Waffles ....more

Vogue says I’m “doing Instagram” all wrong and I don’t care

I haven’t bought a copy of Vogue magazine in years. There was a time in my life when I used to like reading about fashion, although I don’t think I’ve ever seen an outfit in Vogue I would actually consider wearing outside my house. I mean…sheer blouses that plunge to the navel and $3,000 burlap […] The post Vogue says I’m “doing Instagram” all wrong and I don’t care appeared first on Ripped Jeans & Bifocals ....more

How to survive a water park with kids

This post was sponsored by Drive Shop and Mitsubishi, who graciously allowed us to drive one of their awesome vehicles for a week. The opinions and the (hopefully) awesome water park tips are all mine....more

The 10 arguments with with a 5-year-old you will never win

Five is a magical age. The “threenager” phase and the “f—ing fours” are (not so) dim memories. Oh, and new moms? ...more

In defense of swearing in blog posts

Yesterday, during the time I’d set aside to fill out the mountain of forms that are required to enroll a child in Karate class and to write out next week’s grocery list (what an exciting life I lead, right?) I found myself screwing off on the Internets. Sound familiar?  You do it too, right?...more

In defense of my potty mouth…

Yesterday, during the time I’d set aside to fill out the mountain of forms that are required to enroll a child in Karate class and to write out next week’s grocery list (what an exciting life I lead, right?) I found myself screwing off on the Internets. Sound familiar?...more

I am not too sensitive about adoption

“Be careful how you phrase that question about egg rolls,” a comment from someone near and dear might go. “Jill’s sensitive about Chinese stuff.” My two boys are adopted from China. My nearest and dearest have commented on my “adoption sensitivity” a time or 700 over the past few years ....more

11 things I know that it took me 48 (ish) years to figure out

Everyone around me is in back-to-school mode. My own kids start school in five days and I hope like hell I’ve bought everything on their two mile long supply list because the thought of going back into Walmart one more time makes me twitchy. As my two five-year-old bundles of energy and terror gear up […] The post 11 things I know that it took me 48 (ish) years to figure out appeared first on Ripped Jeans & Bifocals ....more

Easy chicken pasta salad

Here’s a really easy recipe for chicken pasta salad that will help you menu plan for back-to-school week. It’s easy, fast, healthy and kid friendly. Leftovers make good lunches and this is also a kickass dish for any kind of potluck ....more