Quitting My Job to Start a Business & Be a Mom

[Editor's Note: Here's an intimate look of what it's like to be on that verge of sending in the resignation letter and then making the leap to self-employment. - Paula G] ...more

Lannis: Queen of Manipulation

So this is a cat blog now. Awesome. * * * I have long suspected that Hamster is a jerk. Loooooong suspected. He eats. He sleeps. He avoids everyone. When put in his roller ball, he sits in the middle of the floor and stares at us. He’s a jerk. Then recently he escaped his cage, and made me take all the books off the shelves (because his favourite spot is hiding underneath our... (Read More) ...more

The Super-Fantastic, Mega-Amazing Advent Calendar of Awesomeness

Everybody's doing it. Advent activity calendars, that is. Not for our children the crappy stamped plastic chocolate of yesteryear. Nope. Instead we (The Pinterest Generation) are planning elaborate activities for every day of the advent. I had a weak intention to sew an advent calendar this year, but realized (in time, thank goodness) that my sewing skills are not even mediocre, and that... (Read More) ...more

Lannis: Missing

Fine, keep your muddy feet. JUST STOP HAVING ADVENTURES ALREADY! That was Wednesday. Thursday morning, with the intention of printing and posting these signs around appointments, I take a round about way home from dropping kidlets off at school, and guess who’s crossing the street three blocks over? Screeching the van to a halt while simultaneously screeching, “MOGHEDIEN! YOU LITTLE... (Read More) ...more

I'm Going To Look Up Like I'm Surprised You're Standing There

Oh, hello, internet. I didn't see you come in. You see, I've been busy not wearing my girdle, making up an advent calendar that doesn't have twenty-four horrible chocolates in it, playing Hay Day, avoiding That Woman That Bosses My Kids Around While I'm With Them on the walk to school and back, reviewing our insurance, working (and working and working) on our budget, getting Pintesty, and... (Read More) ...more

Lannis: This.

No, seriously, THIS: I’ve never noticed muddy feet on our various (tabby) cats. Or it could be that Moghedien’s just exceptionally nervy... [Ed: No, cats are dirty and gross. The end.]  Regular Saturday poster at The Mrs, I'm Lannis - or Leslie, depending on which circles you're swimming. A while ago I decided that I don't care anymore, hence my general standards for life... (Read More) ...more

Teaching Kids Responsibility with Marble Jars

Okay, want to know what’s pretty freaking cool? Independent kids. No, I’m not talking about potty training -- though no longer wrestling with diapers and being able to trust my kidlets are wiping themselves well okayish I think they wipe?... okay just being able to trust that my kids know where the toilet paper lives is enough right now......more
@Waffle-Wednesday Ah, a Chore Wheel sounds great, too! And glad I could help! :)more

I Was A Bully, But Now I Have A Feather Pillow

Uh, thanks for not telling me about feather pillows, you guys. Seriously, I've only been sleeping on a synthetic fill pillow with the (approximate) comfort level of a starving gerbil for the past 12,334 nights (give or take), so take your time filling me in. Or is this that karma thing all the teenagers are talking about these days? Have I had to suffer through thirty three years of... (Read More) ...more

Lannis: The Marble Jars

Okay, want to know what’s pretty freaking cool? Independent kids. No, I’m not talking about potty training—though no longer wrestling with diapers and being able to trust my kidlets are wiping themselves well okayish I think they wipe?... okay just being able to trust that my kids know where the toilet paper lives is enough right now... Anyhow. I’m talking about having kids who are... (Read More) ...more

Thirty Two Things That Are Totally Related

Hi there. Facebook just told me to "update The Mrs", and I think he (Facebook is a guy, right?) meant something else, but then I realized that even though he probably meant "do something something to Facebook because WE NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOU SO WE CAN SELL YOU WEIGHT LOSS PLANS", it probably won't hurt to update the real The Mrs while I'm sitting here playing Hay Day doing important... (Read More) ...more