How My Friendships Changed After Kids

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If Parents Wrote Conversation Hearts

Since 1902, conversation hearts have been spreading sweet and sentimental messages of love on Valentine’s Day. Always in good taste, the mushy musings of LET’S KISS and PUPPY LOVE have made our tender hearts swoon since we were kids. But once we had kids, however, conversations of the heart began sounding a little less sugary. If […]

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 […]

40 Thoughts Every Wife Has Before a Romantic Weekend

Last weekend my husband and I took a mini vacation from parenthood to hit the open road like a couple of lovesick honeymooners. To say I’ve been looking forward to this grown-up getaway would be an understatement. 49 days into summer with kid sidekicks had me seriously jonesing for 48 hours of glorious silence, undisturbed slumber, […]

Dads are Men, Not Idiots

Last week I headed off to a conference for some inspiration, education, and yes, I’ll admit, a little time away. Even though my trip had been planned for the better part of a year, I never put much thought into leaving. I didn’t strategize my outfits, perfect my elevator pitch, or even make sure I had […]

12 Things You Learn By the Time You’ve Been Married 16 Years

When I tied the knot at 22, I was pretty sure I knew what marriage was all about. I mean, I loved him, he loved me, and really, how hard could marriage possibly be? As it turns out, pretty damn hard sometimes. But my naïveté wasn’t even the biggest surprise. Here are 12 things you […]

6 Unforgettable Prom Scenes I Can’t Wait to Share With My Kids

Spring is in the air and with it brings flowers, young love, and the symbolic representation of both these things – prom! While my tween son has a few to go before prom, I’m introducing him to the joys of school dances early with these six unforgettable prom scenes that remind us that most of […]

10 (Sometimes Crazy) Thoughts I Had When My Husband Went Away

I don’t have a husband who travels for business, or pleasure, or really ever travels at all. In the more than 20 years we’ve been together, we’ve never even had reason or opportunity to be apart for more than five days. So when he decided to return home to the Philippines for the first time […]

6 Reasons I Don’t Wear My Wedding Ring

“Where’s your wedding ring?” my girlfriend asked as we compared thrashed mom-icures, “Don’t tell me you lost it!” “I didn’t lose it, I just never wear it,” I explained, “I guess I just don’t care about it that much.” “Don’t care about it that much? That’s your wedding ring! It’s sacred! I never take mine […]

My Husband and I Went on Three Dates in Three Days

It’s not often my husband and I get a break from the kids. In our tenure as parents, we’ve hired a babysitter a grand total of one time, reserving the balance of our limited childfree adventures for family members. So when my parents offered to take the kids for three nights over their holiday break, […]