4 Things I Learned By Quitting My Job

When you marry young, you learn pretty quickly just how important a secure job can be. It can be the difference between “I told you we could make it on our own!” and living in your parents’ converted garage. At 22, newly graduated, newly married, and broke as hell, I took a job I didn’t […]

Dear Friends, If You Only Knew

My Dearest Girlfriends, I’ve wanted to write you a letter of encouragement for a while, but as I sort through collected bits of wisdom scribbled on napkins and old receipts, I realize you’re owed honesty more than advice. As the inaugural mom of our group, I’ve been long viewed as a maternal pioneer. I was […]

#LoriGoesShopping Because Shopping Should Be Fun

View this post on Instagram Look! I found this @officialluckybrand shirt at @marshalls that is just the cutest thing ever in the very best shade of red. Get in my closet! #luckyyou #marshalls #Lorigoesshopping #madeitmine #shopping #dressingroom #dressingroomselfie A post shared by Mommyfriend (@mommyfriend) on Jun 14, 2015 at 5:31pm PDT   If you follow […]

A Good Mom is a Happy Mom

A little more than a month ago, I lost it. I really and truly lost it. I was struggling with work, my health, my husband, and my kids. Life had gotten busy (so very busy) and I began shutting down in nearly every way. Emotional and exhausted, my wellness became the furthest thing from my […]

8 Truths About Motherhood You Need to Hear

I remember my first day out without my baby as a first-time mom. At the insistence of my girlfriend, we met up for pedicures to catch up on the happenings outside Babyville. Just then, a pregnant woman walked in. “Sucker.” I thought to myself. Sucker. I literally thought SUCKER. I’ll admit I wasn’t in the […]

I’m Afraid I Make it Look Too Easy

You know how certain months hold special meanings for people? Maybe April signifies joy for some beautiful, heartfelt reason, or August represents a weighty month of despair. As we compartmentalize our emotions within the timeline of personal wins and losses, before we know it, we’ve crafted an annual calendar synonymous with emotion. That’s what November […]

Is Running Out of Time Any Reason to Have a Baby?

So a lot has happened to make me feel, *ahem* older lately. I had a birthday. My son turned 12. I celebrated my 20-year high school reunion. And while any one of these things is enough to make you wonder whether you’ve done Oprah proud, one big question continues to nag at my consciousness: should […]

What Am I Supposed to Do With These Empty Arms?

Babies. Everyone around me is having babies. In just the last six months, two of my very best girlfriends gave birth to beautiful, beautiful babies. And right about now, I thought I’d be holding one of my own. As I approach the June 6th due date of my chemical pregnancy, I find myself wondering more […]

8 Parenting Mantras to Get You Through the Tough Moments

I don’t have to tell you that parenting is filled of frustration and sprinkled with greatness. From the the bedtime struggles to the epic meltdowns in aisle 5 there are moments when the magic and beauty of parenting get lost in the chaos of our everyday. Then, just as quickly, a precious moment appears to […]

Shirley Temple Black, Thank You for the Joy

I don’t know why or how it happened, but sometime in my 5th grade year I went from a Hello Kitty-loving 10-year-old to the ultimate Shirley Temple mega fan. It was strange, since I had no real connection to the Roosevelt administration, black and white movies, or adorable tap-dancing curly haired girls, but something about […]