Party etiquette is a touchy subject, and there don't seem to be clear cut rules on what to expect from a party. As your kids hit preschool and beyond, party invitations start flowing, bringing with them a ton of...
I have said that more times than I can count. It’s a running joke with our friends and family. Two hours later, we show up sweaty and dirty in our “town” clothes (i.e. our good clothes that started the...
Let's talk about the ins and outs of having a large family -- Did you catch that pun?  The ins and outs??  No friend, we are not going to talk about the mechanics of how we conceived a large...
I know, I know, it’s only the middle of September, but I can’t be the only one dreaming of October, right? Nevermind the temps in the 90s, I’m ready to bust out my coziest sweaters and light some candles....
There is one topic that I can never seem to relate to other moms on. Anytime another mom complains or jokes about her constantly messy home, I feel like an outcast. As the other moms laugh and nod in...
I know some things just need to be let go of.   Things that seemed like a good idea at the time but were really just dumb.   Letting children lay in the back window of the car while cruising down the highway...
Holidays can be challenging for a food allergy family like ours, as many of our societal holidays and gatherings are structured around food! I'm sure if you think back to your childhood and choose a special day celebrated in your...
Do you smell the smoke from the fireworks? Can you taste the food from the backyard barbecues? Can you hear the laughter of children splashing in the pools? That can only mean one thing, the 4th of July is upon us! As a...
My kids love dirt. Anything messy, muddy, sticky, wet, wild chaos, they love it. And I let them. I very rarely say no to making messes. Which is probably why they like it so much - because I’ve always been pretty open...
Years ago I would have described myself as a frequent reader.  Before college and graduate school sucked the reading for pleasure joy out of me, and before books about little blue trucks, curious monkeys, and hungry caterpillars took over...
I’m a certified personal trainer (cPT), and I’d like to say, you are not obligated to profess your exercise or nutrition habits to me in casual conversation or upon first meeting me and hearing what I do for a...
One of the activities my husband and the guys in his family like to do every year is camping. They try to go in spring and fall each year and they bring the potty-trained kids with them. So far,...

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