How You Too Can Get a Wife Bonus

Stay-at-home parents, have you been reading about “Wife Bonuses” and wondering, “Where’s my piece of the pie?” Have you started to think about all the sacrifices you have made to help further your spouse’s career and wondered why you didn’t earn a salary too, or at least a bonus for all your hard work?...more

12 Ways Becoming an Expat is Like Becoming a Parent

I’ve been living in London as an American expat for just over four months now, and my experiences so far remind me of what it was like becoming a parent for the first time. Now, I’ve moved to an English-speaking country with familiar foods and a relatively similar culture; I imagine moving to Asia or the Middle East would be like having triplets - but I can’t speak to either of those experiences, so just bear with me.So, here they are, 12 ways that moving to a new country is like having a baby:...more

London, My Love

This is a follow-up to my Goodbye Love Letter to Seattle a few months ago and is written after living in London for three months. ————- ...more
After living in London myself for six months, it too stole my heart in this exact same way. ...more

Up All Night To - Do Laundry

I’m now six weeks into my ex-pat experience in London, and for the most part, things are going very well. We absolutely love the city and feel so fortunate to be able to live here....more

No Room at the In(door parking garage)

There’s nothing that zaps the Christmas spirit right out of you quite like trying to find a parking spot at the mall in December. I turn from Santa to Scrooge in a matter of minutes.Let me recount a recent experience looking for a spot at the mall two weeks before Christmas, with a little help from the songs that I can’t get out of my head this time of year....more

I'm Being Stalked

Help me. My four-year-old is stalking me.  She’s always been a Mama’s Girl, but in the past month she’s gone from clingy to clinical and it’s driving me crazy....more

Why Did You Give My Elf On The Shelf Low Elf-Esteem?

I found a note on my pillow this morning from my Elf on a Shelf. Excuse all the bad puns, I didn't write it: Dear M, I’m not sure how to put this, so I guess I'll just come right out and say it: Could you please kick it up a notch with this “Elf on a Shelf” ritual? You see, every night I fly back up to the North Pole to see Santa, along with all the other Elves on Shelves, and all I hear about from the other elves is what a great time they are having at their homes. ...more
Hysterical and wonderful, on all levels. And wow, I sure am glad my son is 28 and I never had to ...more

Keep the Crap out of Christmas

Every Christmas, I spend way too much time and energy, and of course money, buying things my family doesn’t need.  My kids get spoiled with gifts from me and my husband, from Santa, from their grandparents, from aunts and uncles, and from each other.The net result: a lot of crap in my house that nobody plays with by the New Year.Holy crap....more

A love letter to the city I never appreciated, until I had to leave

It’s no secret I never wanted to settle in Seattle.  I moved here in 2003 because my then- boyfriend had a great job that he loved.  I told him I would only stay for four years, and then we would have to move to the Northeast to be closer to family.Now here I am, 11 years later, getting ready to leave Seattle – not for New Jersey, but for London - because that same job is transferring that same boyfriend (now husband) for a 2 year assignment beginning in January.We are leaving the rain for… more rain....more

Grandparent Permission Slip

I just finished typing a 3-page Babysitting Instruction Manual (4 pages if you include the spreadsheet of after-school activities I have stuck on my fridge) for my parents who are flying out to watch my 3 kids for 7 days while my husband visit London in preparation for our upcoming move....more