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Encouraging Early Learning: The Power of Poop

Children are exhausting.  Teddy won’t sleep anywhere but the pack and play in the basement bedroom.  Mac won’t use a writing implement.  There’s.  So.  Much.  Poop.  And laundry.   I haven’t slept in the same bed as my Husband in at least a month. Of course, this is probably a plus, since it makes for very effective birth control and
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Reluctant Mother Loses More Than A Small Chunk Of Self

So, I’m getting to be “that age.” You know what I’m talking about, right? That age where you shouldn’t really take your health for granted.  That age where you can’t guzzle wine until 1:30AM and still function the next day.  That age where you know people your own age who have serious health challenges.  That age where when you find
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Of Toddler Beds, Bacardi, and Other Assorted Bullshit

Here I am again feeling a tad lousy about my extended absence.  It’s been a little nutso in these parts.  Nothing particularly bad mind you.  In fact, everyone seems to be healthy and happy.  I’ve just done a terrible job getting myself focused.  . . Seems once you get out of the habit of getting awake every morning long before
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EARTH DAY! You Can Accomplish This Before Your Effing Head Explodes: DIY Cheap “Zebra” Hide Rug

Hope everyone had a happy weekend.  Especially glad to hear our friends in Boston are safe and are hopefully starting a much more normal week today.   Friday while I was watching some of that craziness play out in the news, I made a zebra rug for under Mac’s table and chairs.  I’m tickled with the way it turned out
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They Say The Second Pregnancy Is Different. . .

PREGNANCY 1 v PREGNANCY 2. . .THE RELUCTANT MOTHER EDITION DISCOVERING YOU’RE PREGNANT: Pregnancy 1:  Could I be pregnant?  Take test sober, first thing in the morning following the enclosed test instructions to the letter.  I’m pregnant!!!  I’m pregnant!!!  Yeah!  I’m pregnant!!!  Send adoring Husband clever text with a photo of the positive pregnancy tests. Pregnancy 2:  Could I be
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I Say This A LOT BUT, I’ve Achieved A New All-TIme Parenting Low

So Thursday, I might have been a little crazy. I got up at 4AM and couldn’t get back to sleep.  So I proceeded to do a ton of laundry, clean the house, bag up a bunch of stuff for Goodwill, take Mac for a long walk in the park and to the playground.  While he napped, I did a some
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Am I Going to Regret Having Children? Seriously, Like A LOT?

I get a lot of Tweets.   More specifically, I get a lot of Tweets from parents.  Most of the Tweets are light-hearted and funny – small bits of entertaining parenting fluff. BUT every few days some parenting-related story gets all hyped and sensationalized in the news and it gets our collective parental knickers in a big wad and the
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Hey Everybody, Mac Learned a New Trick!

This kid of mine. . .I’ll tell you what, there’s no limit to the places he’ll go in this world! He clearly has the perseverance and stamina to pursue even the most difficult of challenges. He’s unstoppable! And that is exactly why he has me positively insane. Thanks to his ingenuity and relentless pursuit of things he shouldn’t be touching,
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April Fool’s Jokes. . .And a Toddler

  I love me a good April Fool’s joke.   All the years I was gainfully employed, I had plenty of opportunities to partake in April Fools Jokes.  It started early in my working career at Wendy’s.  In fact one day wasn’t even enough for all the jokes we played upon one another to pass the time.  There were faux
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A Sweet Little Easter Story About Barf

You know what I remember about nearly EVERY holiday from my own youth?  VOMIT (or the absence thereof).   My sisters and I were lucky enough to know all of our Grandparents AND three of four great-grandparents. . .which meant every holiday was hectic. My Mother’s parents lived across the street from us along with our Maternal great-grandmother, who lived
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