Fifty Shades of Grey Discussed Via Text Message

ME: So I’m at the airport and I bought Fifty Shades of Grey FRIEND: No! ME: What? I was bored and it’s a bestseller. How bad could it be? FRIEND: It’s a creepy S&M book ME: I know, I know. This is “viral buzz” working its evil magic on another unsuspecting reader FRIEND: You’re gonna be all ‘Team Christian’ ME: […]

Free-Range Parenting Fail or Accidents Happen?

My seven year old son has recently developed an interest in running which always makes me smile a little because this is not something I’d ever expect from him. Like his mom, he’s a very firm believer in never exerting himself too terribly much. Soooo…when he started asking to come along and run the track while my daughter and I […]

A Party for the People and You’re ALL Invited!

I can’t believe it’s been six years. Six years from what, you ask? Six years since we threw the first party that would later become what’s now known as The People’s Party! It started in Chicago as an open party at the bar at the top of the hotel where all the BlogHer 07 Conference attendees were staying. Everyone got […]

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Children’s Claritin

We are an allergy family. Not terrible allergies, mind you, if you don’t count my eldest child’s deadly peanut allergy, but we all seem to suffer from mild to moderate nasal allergies to the usual things—seasonal allergies, the standard dust allergy and for my husband, a mild allergy to cat dander. We all use various remedies for said allergies but […]

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When Did Saying Thank You Stop Being Enough?

First let me start off by saying that I appreciate all you do, teachers, coaches and scout leaders. Really, I do.  By and large, you have all been truly wonderful. Okay, now that I’ve told you that I appreciate all you do (and I mean it), I’m going to put myself out there and risk being verbally crucified by saying […]

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Fact: Parenting is Hard and Life Sucks Sometimes

Part I The past few months have been so damned hard. There are days when I don’t know if I’m coming or going. I’m spread too thin. I’m emotionally exhausted. I feel like I have the world on my shoulders sometimes… Tonight, I got really angry with my daughter. I exploded. I yelled and screamed and said I hated my […]

Do You Know This Song?

My kids have had this toy keyboard for EVER and for as long as they’ve had it, I’ve been racking my brains trying to remember what this one song is.  Nobody else has any idea what it is either and then one day I had this brainstorm to record it with my phone and put it on the internet because […]

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Like Junk Food Truffle Pigs

When my daughter was old enough to eat real food, I was very conscientious of what I fed her. I avoided giving her any kind of junk food or overly sugary stuff and encouraged fruits and whole grains and all that. I could hardly even bear for her to eat things that weren’t organic. *cue record scratch sound effect* Fast […]

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Three Things I’ve Learned This Month

DO NOT chat with your massage therapist. Just lay down and shut your fool mouth. Why? Because you might say something really dumb to him like “Go as hard and deep as you want. I need it badly today” and even though you were innocently referring to the knots in your shoulders, you will spend the entire hour internally cringing […]

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Forget Flowers…Send Cupcakes!

Cupcakes. They’re awesome, right? Right! And that’s why gourmet cupcake shops are popping up all over the place, even in a down economy. I must confess, however, that we have several right here in my city and I’ve never been to any of them. But last week when I was presented with an opportunity to order something, on the house, […]

Tween Compliments Adult: Hell Has Officially Frozen Over

Aside from wanting to be involved in my daughter, N’s, life (because she’s 11 and I know my opportunities will soon evaporate), I also find being around the groups of young girls in her extracurricular activities absolutely fascinating. They’re such strange creatures and the ever-shifting group dynamics are a better study in human behavior than any of the sociology courses […]

The Truth About Santa: A Cautionary Tale

I knew this day would come eventually but I never dreamed it would be so heart-wrenching. You see, my daughter has been dropping hints about her wavering belief in Santa Claus for a several months now. Her questions about the existence of Santa, however, always came when my six year old was nearby so I tended to hedge a lot. […]