Mom Starts Thoughtful Gift Box Service to Help Others Dealing with Pregnancy Loss

On August 26, 2006, one day after my 30th birthday, I survived a miscarriage — and I use the word “survive” rather loosely. Without an ounce of grace or decorum, I did little but continue breathing in between fits of anger, sadness, and self-loathing throughout most of my 30th year. I remember saying to my […]

All I Want for Mother’s Day Is Not to Care About Mother’s Day

“When we consider just how personal the motherhood experience is, it’s easy to see all the many ways Mother’s Day can miss the mark.”

American Parents Shell Out $41 Billion a Year in Allowances, Says Study

Every Sunday, I raid my wallet for $10 to give my 15-year-old son for his allowance. Now $10 may not seem like a lot, but it actually is when neither myself nor my husband ever seem to have it. Cash-money is a real rarity in our house, and apparently giving a teen a measly $10 […]

American Girl’s Latest Puberty Book Is Just for Boys — and I Need It as Much as My Son

  My soon-to-be 10-year-old son came to me yesterday and said, “Mom, I have a spider bite on my nose. It hurts.” That was no spider bite. It was a pimple. A BIG one. His first. “That, my friend, is a pimple,” I said with a lighthearted giggle. “Welcome to puberty!”

7 Tips for Taking Your Teen to Disney That Will Clinch Your Status as the “Fun Mom”

You have a teen. A bored teen. A been-there-done-that-I’m-not-impressed-by-much teen. Maybe it’s time for a vacation. Maybe it’s time for fun. Or maybe it’s time for some much-needed, long overdue magic. I get it. As the mom of a 14-year-old son, coming up with new and fresh ways to connect and have fun with my […]

There Is One Crucial Piece of Safety Gear So Many Baseball Parents Overlook

As a brand new baseball parent, there’s a lot I don’t know. How do you choose a proper glove? What size bat is best? How do you read this fancy playoff schedule bracket thingy? Of larger concern for any new baseball parent is the issue of safety. From helmets to jock straps and proper warm-ups […]

Do You Check Your Kid’s Grades Online…Like, A Lot?

Step away from the grade portal…

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, Day 4

For the full DSMMC experience, click here for our pre-conference day, day 1, day 2 , and day 3. Day 4, whew! It was a big day. I have so much to share; I almost don’t even know where to begin! I know, I’ll start with breakfast with my husband at Cabanas, the all-you-can-eat-and-then-some buffet […]

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, Day 3

For the full DSMMC experience, click here and here and here first. What’s better than breakfast burritos? Breakfast burritos with an advanced screening, that’s what! We headed over to Disney Springs (FL’s version of CA’s Downtown Disney for you SoCal locals) to see Disney Nature’s Born in China set for release on Earth Day, April […]

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, Day 2

For the full DSMMC experience, click here and here first. Image credit: Disney Social Media Moms Celebration Picture it: Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Just me and a few of my favorite influencers enjoying Epcot. See me? I’m right there. RIGHT THERE. Yes! On the left. And oh, what a beautiful morning it was! First, we […]