The Happiest Place On Earth

 The relationship was over. No band aid was going to fix what I had said. Not only was I severing ties with my best friend, I was breaking off ties with an entire group, my lifeline.Fresh from high school graduation, we boarded the plane to the“Happiest Place on Earth.” No parents. No rules. We had been planning this vacation for months. Although we were sad to leave one of our crew back at home, the four of us were ready to make lasting memories.Two days in, I wanted to charge the travel agent with false advertisement. Happiest Place on Earth? Bullshit. ...more

Scheduling Life

Gesturing at my swollen abdomen, he said, “Do you know how much money you can get for one of those on the black market?”I don't know what reaction I expected when I announced my pregnancy to my peers.The timing was lousy. Entering my third year of college, I had barely two semesters worth of credits to go and my dream internship lined up....more

Celebrating the Mother Figures in My Life

I was lucky to have many mother figures present in my life when I was little. Each of these phenomenal women helped to make me the mother I am today. ...more

Dear Husband

 Dear Husband, ...more

Why Fifty Shades Is Not For Me

 “Mom, I don’t think women will like that movie, because he isn’t very nice,” stated my 12 year old son.I cannot think of a safe time to turn on the television these days. Fifty Shades of Grey seems to be everywhere. Even the Today Show did a live broadcast from an exclusive screening of the movie. When did porn become mainstream?...more
There is a huge, huge difference between consensual BDSM and abuse. What you describe here is ...more

Say His Name

I was only surfing the internet when grief came and sat down beside me last weekend.An innocent Google search brought me to the Wikipedia page of an actor that goes by the name, Ben.Bennett. His name is Bennett....more

The New Math of Conception - Mommy + Daddy + Mommy = Baby #WomensLives

 Today, I came across a post that asked, “Would you have an IVF baby with three parents?”Recently, The British House of Commons voted in favor of an amendment  which would allow IVF babies to be created using biological material from two women and one man in order to prevent genetic defects.Technically, 99.8% of the baby’s DNA would come from the mother and father. The other .2% would come from a mitochondrial donor. ...more

Murphy's Laws of Elementary School

 My kids have been back at school for almost 2 months now. It seems to be that if something can go wrong, it will go wrong. When kids are involved, the result can be hilarious (even thought you might not think so at the time.)...more

October

Wake me up when October ends. I know those aren’t quite the lyrics we are accustomed to, but it is the sentiment I feel each year as the leaves start changing colors and the chill of October fills the air. October is the month I lost Elijah, and fittingly, October also marks Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. For an entire month, my Facebook feed is filled with blue and pink ribbons, reminding me not only of my loss, but of the many losses endured by so many all over the world....more

Muddy Puddles

Blame Peppa Pig, but my boy loves muddy puddles.I spotted the puddle the minute we walked onto the field. Linus’ eyes lit up, but he didn’t let on that he noticed it. Playing with his siblings, I saw his eyes dart over a few times. I imagine he was concocting a way to maneuver closer....more