This Laundry Hack Will Save Your T-Shirts

A couple years ago, my younger sister shared a laundry tip with me that was quite an ah ha.Or maybe it was more of a so that's what I've been missing ...Either way, in my brain, she became a laundry boss....more

My Ode to the Fanny Pack

 "I base most of my fashion sense on what doesn't itch."-Gilda Radner  Chanel may call it a belt bag to make it less dépassé, but I'm going to call it what I know it to be ... a straight-up Fanny Pack....more

7 Favorite Games for Elementary Kids

 “The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.”-Erik H. Erikson "Cheater!"Stephen cuts off her naming calling with a gesture.He sticks out his hand to shake mine to demonstrate how a good sport loses a game and says, "Well played."Stella reaches for my hand and responds, "Well played."...more

My Honey-Do List Is Key to a Happy Weekend

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."- Henry Ford There was a not too distant time in my life when Friday night whistled work over and the weekend was spent resting, regrouping, and revving it up. That and the weekend = two days of squiggling lines through my to-do list.Check. Cross off. Delete....more

A Solution to Your Keep Your Kids from Busting the Summer Budget

 "You said I could have one every.time we came here," she annunciates firmly. Her hands are squared on her hips. Her eyes are fixed upward on me, daring me to respond.I know this move. Her horns are locked into argument mode....more

These Easy Readers Rock

 "Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him."–Maya Angelou My husband and I are of the generation that learned to read with Dr. Seuss and Frog and Toad Together. ...more

This is Your Ticket on that '70s Mom Train

 In Chicago, we're only at the mid-point of summer break, so there's still plenty of time to the soak up the sun. Don't let the back-to-school displays make you think otherwise.We're only midway through and I'm cherishing these days.Summertime in my family means lots of days spent at the pool, lake, and beach....more

8 Natural Deodorants Put to the Test

 "In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."- Margaret Atwood No one wants to smell like the hot stank of 4th-grade classroom after gym class on a humid day in June.No one.It's just nasty....more

8 Steps to Teach Your Kids How to Pack a Suitcase

 “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”– Mary Anne Radmacher To see the moon on the other side of the world, ahhh, it's something ......more

My Breastfeeding Story and Four Tips I Have For You

“When you hold a child to your breast to nurse, the curve of the little head echoes exactly the curve of the breast it suckles, as though this new person truly mirrors the flesh from which it sprang.”- Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber  Without as much as a may I? she reached into my v-neck pajama top and cupped my left breast in her mitt-like hand.I was stunned.And exposed....more