10 Tips For Quick and Easy Cleaning After Having a Baby -- S post

Courtesy Ginny Washburn Describing life with a newborn baby to people who don’t have children can be difficult, because it is completely life-changing and certain tasks, such as cleaning the house, can get neglected, but you can clean the house when you have a small baby. Here are some ideas.Get organizedBe as organized as possible before the due date. Buy extra sponges, cloths and cleaning products, so that you don’t run out at the wrong time ....more

Language of labor

Women get pregnant.They have contractions.They're in labor.They give birth.In this long, 40-week process, women are in charge of growing and nurturing another being inside of them and the language we have to describe that process is...passive.Why?Mothers and mothers-to-be are an incredibly active sect of people. While terms like "laboring" and "birthing" are finally starting to come into the common vernacular, it has taken decades, nay, centuries for society to admit that a woman has an active role in the birth of her child. And women have had to fight for it.The slow change in the language represents a large achievement in the way women are representing themselves--as autonomous beings ....more

Running through mud

It's taken me years to decide I'm a work-at-home mom rather than a stay-at-home-mom, and for me the distinction came with the money (although, honestly, I'm not making a great deal of income right now, so even though it feels full time, it's probably part time, but still...FEELINGS.)It's tough because nothing ever seems to get done, although I know logically enough must be getting done because we can still walk in my house, my kids still love me, and I still get new projects each week. Still, it feels like I'm running in mud.Today went like this:At 6:30 a.m., I got up. I woke up the kids ....more

Homemade Samoas (yeah right) -- Fail Kitchen

"We can't use a knife. I failed too hard to use a knife."Here's the recipe for those of you who are brave enough to try this: Ingredients: For the cookies:1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature1/2 cup sugar2 cups all-purpose flour1/4 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt2 Tablespoons milk1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract For the coconut topping:3 cups shredded sweetened coconut15 ounces store-bought or...more

Finding the new normal -- Guest post

It was a year ago at the beginning of April that Tom moved out. It's been a full cycle - summer, fall, winter, spring and back to summer. A year of holidays done differently ....more

The Feminist Flames of Pentecost -- Guest Post

Sunday is the feast of Pentecost, the day that falls forty-nine days after Easter. It is remembered by Christians as the day when the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples of Jesus as tongues of fire. At my Roman Catholic alma mater, there was a stained glass window of the Pentecost event that featured the apostles and Mary, the mother of Jesus ....more

Show Dad You Really Care this Father's Day

Father’s Day is coming up on June 21! Don’t wait until the last minute to choose a gift. Instead, make this the year you do something extra special for the dad in your life (whether it’s your husband, your own father, or both!) by planning your Father’s Day gift ahead of time ....more

Grocery shopping as a parent -- Guest post

Ever hear that saying, "don't go grocery shopping when you're hungry"? There's an even more important saying. "Don't go shopping with kids when you're hungry." It's not just that you'll make poor choices, nutritionally and financially speaking ....more

Pretty good person, not a particularly good mom's mom

I'm the type of mom who wipes down her counter without catching the crumbs before they fall on the floor.I'm the type of mom who won't sweep the floor until the crumbs have shown themselves worth by piling up and organizing a crumb protest.I'm the type of mom who tidies her kitchen and dining room every day. Does the dishes, cleans off the table, replaces the tablecloth, washes the mats.But the type of mom who moves the empty movie-sized box of Mike and Ikes from that table to the chair whilst cleaning it. Then puts it back.I'm the type of mom who can't see a 3-month old bowl of cheetos on the counter ....more

Blogging about kids is hard

There are so many poignant, important blogs I could write right now about the struggles and triumphs of my children as they blossom into full-fledged big kids. I have words of comfort for other parents, I have tales of trials and tribulations, I have questions about how to handle these phases now that my kids are old enough to fully and loudly voice their opinions about my parenting.But I can't....more