Dear Mom Who Is Totally Screwing Up

Dear mom who is totally screwing up, Today my five-year-old daughter screamed the whole way home because I would not buy her a pottery wheel. Today I lost my patience. I will lose my patience again tomorrow. I sometimes clean up her messes, because I can’t deal with the potential meltdown, or the calm presence it would take to walk her through how to clean it on her own. I let her watch kids’ shows with obnoxious characters who whine a lot and lack depth. I tune her out after…

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Can We Just Let Carrie Fisher Rest Already?

Carrie Fisher was never a name in my life that stuck out to me.  In fact, until The Force Awakens truth be told I had no idea who she was.  I had never heard of her for some weird reason.  Maybe because I wasn’t a Star Wars fan (gasp).  However, I do remember Princess Leia.  I do remember the name, face and the accolades. I do remember googling her and falling in complete love with a woman I had no idea was so cool.  Her honest interview with Oprah filled…

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Worry Free With Camp Sesame at Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. We paid for our vacation(s). I’m a wannabe #BeachesMom. Beaches, if you are reading this, hit me up! For those of you who have done it, you know that international travel with young children is not always the easiest experience. Between the harried packing, the early alarms, piling into the taxi or trying to find airport parking in a decent location, the cranky and tired voices, the sleeping toddler in the stroller that *has* to be removed when going through security, and going…

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What Do Men Really Want for Father’s Day?

With (the hell that was) Mother’s Day still fresh in my mind and Father’s Day looming, I began to wonder what my husband wanted for Father’s Day. Our situation is a bit different, in that this is our second marriage and we both have kids from the previous marriage. So Mother’s/Father’s Day is a little hard for us. Our boys are young so we need to ensure they are doing a little something for our exes (which gets into a whole discussion about what is “too much” for us to…

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How We Grieve Without Losing Our Way

I spent the weekend nursing my children’s wounds.  Not new wounds—although Lottie did catch her finger in a door and Caden stepped on a tack.  This weekend I nursed the old grief that surfaces every now and again. Our social media highlight reel paints a picture of fun family time spent together this weekend.  We ran the Jingle Jog 5K, planted bulbs, and debuted one of our Nutcrackers (with two ballerinas in the family, one Nutcracker a holiday season isn’t enough).  The kids finished their homework and did their chores….

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