Five New Years Resolutions I Won’t Make As A Parent

Since my arrival into the world of parenting almost 16 years ago, a large portion of my New Years resolutions have been lumped into the category of "trying to become a better parent." I am sure if I left my list to democratic family determination, the list would be longer. The thing is, those people, my family, are kind of crazy. No one should be taking life advice from them. Especially my three year old, where every day begins with the resolution to keep her from killing herself. I hope that someday that fear instinct will kick in for her...more

Make Homemade Pumpkin Butter In Thirty Minutes

I think it has been pretty well documented around here that I am a BIG fan of pumpkin. I am one of "those people" that relishes in the onslaught of pumpkin everything that comes our way during the months of September through November. Some of you may not feel this strongly about pumpkin, but I think we can still be friends as long as you don't hate on it, OK?...more

7 Tips For Coping on Your Worst Days

Before we begin, let's make it clear, I am not a psychiatrist. Nor do I have the secret to magically transcend anxiety or stress. If experience is education, however, I do feel pretty comfortable speaking on the subject. Although my ability to speak freely and calmly about how I handle these things is, at best, a recent development. ...more
What really helps me is looking ahead and thinking that while things might not be so great at ...more

"To Die For" Bacon, Alfredo & Spinach Pizza

A few weeks ago, while showering, I started to think about pizza. Everyone does this right?  Except that sometimes I have an exotic itch that needs scratched. This time it centered around balsamic vinegar. I can't get enough of the stuff, especially as a dip for artisan bread. It would only follow that it should work with the right type of pizza, no? Oh yeah, let's get some bacon in there too, right? Obviously, I assumed that Pinterest could take care of this for me?Except no, because sadly I found that where such a recipe should exist, Pinterest remained silent....more

Five Motherhood Myths Debunked

I have been a mother for almost 15 years now. I currently have a preschooler, a pre-tween, a pre-teen and a full on teen at home. So although I don’t really fall into the certified parenting “professional” slot, I  feel mostly like my rookie parenting card has been punched enough times to have moved on to moderately experienced parenting. Meaning that the children are still alive and appear to be reasonably well adjusted. Kudos to me right?...more

Compassion Versus Being An A-Hole

This last week was a lot. It was the week of a traumatic event for my family, a horrific national mass shooting and a terrible tragedy involving a toddler at Disney World. Just when I felt overwhelmed by tragedy, more would follow. My emotions have been rubbed raw and I know I am not the only person who felt this same way....more

17 Thoughts I Have While Shopping For Swimsuits

I live in southern Arizona and it's already starting to warm up – during the summer months we can reach upwards of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. So this means that very soon we will be scheduling as many water-centered activities as we possibly can. This week when I went to pull out last summer’s swimsuit, I realized it was looking bad. Like really bad. Unfortunately, this meant it was time to go swimsuit shopping....more
Till Soil Haha! I think that is what swimsuit shopping should be renamed as. I hereby dub it so ...more

Should You Start a Blog?

I have been asked many times by many people whether or not to start a blog for financial gain, and so here’s the truth. If you are asking me this question, my answer is going to be an unequivocal NO. No, you should not even contemplate starting a blog if you are on the fence and need to ask someone if it is worth it. If your plan is solely to make money, and not enjoy the act of writing. I clearly think that it IS worth it, but here are some things I also know. ...more
lorilovesparis I am sorry to hear about your job loss. That is no fun. There is definitely money ...more

10 Things Parents Never Want to Hear

At some point, every parent comes up with a laundry list of things that we just do not want to hear, see or have to deal with. Unfortunately, because we are parents we do not usually get to decide if we ultimately can adhere to that laundry list. So today in an effort to promote parenting solidarity here are 10 things you do not want to hear, but because you are a parent more than likely will. You do not want to have your child's teacher ask if they can have a word alone with you. Like ever. ...more