On Mothering and Writing and Finding Yourself -- Guest Post

Being a working mum with three kids doesn't leave much time for hobbies. Pride of place, and number one on my priority list (after the essentials) has long been my tuba, but with a lot of support from my husband and my friends, I recently managed to squeeze in another over the last year. I'd had experience as a parenting blogger, but I'd never tried writing fiction ....more

Bacon Bites Fail ala Drunk Kitchen

I've got petulant bacon curling up, and angry bacon grease spitting at me as I try to push it down. It's like parenting all over again.Go subscribe to the channel though. All the funny fails every time I'm in the kitchen ....more

Fun Ideas for your middle school graduation Sweatshirts -- S post

When it comes times for your students to graduate from middle school, it can be nice to have a small memento for them. One option that a lot of teachers choose is to give each student their own sweatshirt. This way they have something to wear, something they can remember their time at the school with, and something that will last for a long time ....more

I am not Father Time

"Hurry up! We've only got 10 minutes!""YOU'RE SO MEAN."This scenario plays out in my house at least three and probably closer to 17 times a day.While I appreciate the unadulterated power the girls have bestowed upon me, the assumption that the sun rises and sets at my command, I simply do not have control over how fast the Earth spins on its axis--believe me, kids, I wish I did....more

I am not Father Time

"Hurry up! We've only got 10 minutes!""YOU'RE SO MEAN."This scenario plays out in my house at least three and probably closer to 17 times a day.While I appreciate the unadulterated power the girls have bestowed upon me, the assumption that the sun rises and sets at my command, I simply do not have control over how fast the Earth spins on its axis--believe me, kids, I wish I did.Yet, somehow, no matter how many calm sit-downs we have about this where I explain that time moves independently from my personal will and obvious crusade to ruin their lives, they cannot separate the unyielding hands of the clock from my person.So, on top of having to do the dishes five times a day and make the food and generally take care of these two little things I helped create, hoping to God that in spite of me they end up being good people, I also get to be responsible for the fact that time isn't stretchable.Awesome.And to foil my nefarious undertakings, in my house the phrase 'hurry up' now means 'go at an exaggeratedly slow pace while glaring belligerently at mommy because she can go eff herself with her making time go extra fast bullshit.'Which is frustrating as hell.Over the past few months, I have made a concentrated effort not to yell at them when this happens. I admit, when this first became an issue, I lost it a few times because how could my intelligent, literate, amazingly quick six year olds not understand the simple concept of minutes always being the same length regardless of our intent?But apparently they cannot grasp it.I am sorry to say that the only improvement my not losing my shit at them when they slow down...more

An Open Letter to Employers -- Guest Post

An Open Letter To All Employers.While I, myself, am not a mother, I work for mothers. Or, should we say in the past I have worked for them. Between daycare jobs and nannying jobs, moms have been my bosses for the majority of my work life ....more

Day in the Life - 2015

Woke up ten minutes before my alarm went off because the puppy had to go out. He then woke the girls up 15 minutes before I would have. Because puppy ....more

Puppy Adolescence

So, we have this puppy, and so far he's been great. He listens pretty well, and is cute and well-behaved. Well, until a few days ago.Suddenly, the dog I had almost...more

Is Valentines Day the new Christmas?

I don't love Valentines Day, but I don't hate Valentines Day, but I don't really care about Valentines Day, but not in the way where I feel the need to tell people all about how much I don't care (except for right now, but I'm going somewhere with this, so just hang on.)To me, Valentines Day is a nice little holiday on par with, say, Arbor Day. It's like a mini-holiday. I've always considered it as a cute little side-note to a normal day where if you've got kids you've got to throw down for some extra crafts and cake, and if you've got a partner, you maybe buy a rose or a card or a chocolate heart or something ....more

Adventures in Valentine Baking -- Guest Post

Okay, so the war of hearts and flowers rages on. But come on people, let me let you in on a little something it seems a lot of people don’t seem to get. You’re not the first person in the world to realize Valentine’s Day is a holiday designed to make you spend money ....more