When You Wish Upon A Star…

When it comes to big wishes, I have a few: to travel to Europe, to free myself of cellulite without really trying, and to make it to Disney World for the very first time with my family. Well, the pixie dust fairies must have been listening because I was invited the 2017 Disney Social Media […]

9-Year-Old Boy Creates Incredible Handmade Costumes Based on Famous Characters

View this post on Instagram Had to post one more of his Rafiki costume because he said my last photo didn't capture all the detail. #Parkerpretends A post shared by Jessica Watson (@fourplusanangel) on Mar 16, 2016 at 5:33pm PDT   Meet Parker Watson: talented costume designer, master pretender, and all-around incredible 9-year-old, who sparks imagination one […]

15 Must Have Mantras for Writers

Pen to paper, fingers to keys, writers weave ideas into words that spark wildfire. You, my friend, are a firestarter. Your words ignite emotion, illuminate truth, and fan the flames of incredible change. It’s a big job. An important job. And an a creative soul like yours requires kindling to keep burning. While it’s true […]

On Quitting Your Day Job to Pursue Your Daydream

Choosing a job you love may mean you’ll never work a day in your life, but there’s no underestimating the courage it takes to get there, especially if it means quitting your day job. For 14 years the courage escaped me. Working a corporate job in a male-dominated industry, I spent my days (and nights […]

Mothers Need Mothering, Too

When I was in high school, pagers were the ultimate status symbol. Clipped to your hip, a beeper told the world you were in demand. And everyone wanted one. Well, everyone except me. Because as cool as the Motorola Bravo ever was, the idea of my mom blowing up my beeper would never be. And […]

I Just Realized Why Having Older Kids Is Actually the Greatest Thing Ever

It’s 4 AM and we just returned home from a Vegas turnaround — with our kids. To go to a rock concert — with our kids. And you know what? It was the best time ever. It wasn’t long ago that a trip like this was completely out of the question. We were parents of little ones […]

What Having a Special Needs Family Member Means to My Kids

My uncle is a special man and not because he has special needs or requires special care. My uncle is special because he has a heart like no other. Born with an intellectual disability, his life hasn’t always been easy. He’s been misunderstood, prematurely judged, overlooked, and disrespected. But the thing is, you’d never know […]

The Shy Girl’s Guide to Boudoir Photography

Once upon a time there was a shy girl named Lori. Wearer of cover-ups always and displayer of cleavage never. Lori didn’t know where all her modesty came from, she just knew she always had it. So OK, that one Christmas her mom gifted her training bras in front of her dad may not have […]

The Highs and Lows of Thanksgiving Day as Told by Disney GIFs

  Each Thanksgiving we gather together to feast upon gratitude with open hearts and favorite foods with eager bellies. And because turkey brings out the beast best in all of us, we’ve set a place at the table for your favorite Disney characters to celebrate the happy highs and laughable lows of Thanksgiving Day. Bon […]

#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 […]