Readers forgive me, for I have sinned. Yesterday in the car rider pick up line, I did the unthinkable. I honked my horn. I swear I didn’t mean anything by it. When all the other cars in the line moved except for the one directly in front of me, I waited very patiently for the […]

Family, Fun, Humor

August 16, 2019

The Honker

This post is written in partnership with Amazon and contains affiliate links. All recommendations here are my own and I’m pretty excited to share them with you.  It’s back-to-school time, which means I’m hitting Amazon hard right now for all the last-minute things I need before the big day arrives. Luckily, Amazon has anticipated all our […]

Family, Fun, Sponsored

August 5, 2019

11 Amazon Products You Can’t Live Without This School Year

Spring has definitely sprung, which means it’s officially time for moms across America to panic about summer break. The kids will be out of school soon, after all, and they’ve gotta have shit to do. So hire those babysitters, ladies! Fill out those sleepaway camp applications! Register for every sport camp, art camp, coding camp, […]

Family, Fun

March 20, 2019

This Summer, Give Your Kids the Gift of Boredom

I got married when my stepdaughters were 10 and 12 years old. Two years later, they were living with us full-time and I was pregnant. What followed was a whirlwind of acne and diapers, boyfriends and baby bottles, angst and alphabet songs. It was a hot mess of a time and a true trial by […]

Family, Fun

March 5, 2019

How to Survive the Teenage Years

  Last weekend, my eleven-year-old son and I went to the zoo. It was a cold, snowy day and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We had fun watching the clouded leopards and Andean bears in their exhibits… But what we really enjoyed was the playground. The Nashville Zoo’s playground is massive– It’s […]

Family, Fun

January 24, 2019

And Now I am a Slayer of Tube Slides

  I still vividly remember that sizzling hot July day, even though it happened more than a decade ago. I had taken my stepdaughters and daughter to see a movie, leaving my 4-month-old son at home with my husband. The theater was in an urban neighborhood, so we parked in a nearby lot and walked […]

Deep Thoughts, Family, Fun

July 27, 2018

How Could a Parent Leave a Baby in the Backseat? It’s Easier Than You Think.

My son stands before the oversized screen of our television, cheeks flushed, eyes glassy, tongue barely protruding from a corner of his mouth. After one incredibly long, motionless moment, he suddenly begins jumping up and down in time with the tecka tecka tecka tecka of his thumbs on the game remote. “Mom, you won’t believe […]

Family, Fun

July 25, 2018

The Summer of My Fortnite-mare

I still remember my oldest stepdaughter’s final year of elementary school. Everything she did that year was treated in our family as a Major Milestone, requiring all of us to drop what we were doing and Be There for every single event, cameras at the ready. There was her last music performance. Her last Fun […]

Family, Fun, Humor

May 16, 2018

Goodbye, Elementary School. I Won’t Miss You.

This is a story about love. Not the kind of love you typically think of around Valentine’s Day — the frilly, frothy, butterflies-in-your-stomach love of pop songs and Hallmark cards. This story is about a love that’s messy and raw and, sometimes, unbearably painful.  It’s a story about a love that endures. When I met […]

Family, Fun

February 14, 2018

On Valentine’s Day, A Different Kind of Love Story

Les Misérables is the longest-running play in Broadway history and a favorite musical for many (including me!). But should you bring the kids when it comes to your town or leave them home with the sitter? Here’s what you need to know before you go. I saw Les Misérables for the first time on a French […]

Family, Fun

November 15, 2017

Is Les Misérables for Kids?