I used to live in fear of the moment our fourth and final child would declare he no longer believed in Santa Claus. For my husband and me, it would mean an end to over a decade of Christmas Eve milk and cookies, present hiding, and late night stocking-stuffing. A major chapter in parenting would […]

Fun, Humor

December 12, 2018

The Shelf on the Elf: A New Christmas Tradition

This post was written in partnership with Amazon and contains an affiliate link. Are your kids as obsessed with Amazon Alexa as mine are? My son has led the way in Alexa innovation, figuring out the many capabilities of his Amazon Echo and helping the rest of us learn to use it in so many […]


November 30, 2018

Use Alexa to Donate to Toys for Tots This Christmas

Being a mother has changed the way I look at children — all children. I feel an overwhelming love for my kids and an intense desire to protect them at all costs and give them the best possible future. I count my blessings every single day that we have the means to give our children […]


November 27, 2018

Give to World Vision Today and Double Your Donation’s Impact!

Marvel fans, get excited! Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming back to Bridgestone Arena December 6-9, and I’m giving away 4 tickets good for any one show to a lucky Suburban Turmoil reader! If your kids love Marvel characters as much as mine do, this show is a must-see. We’ve gone to this show before and […]


November 12, 2018

Enter to Win 4 Tickets to Marvel Universe LIVE in Nashville December 6-9!

It happened again at my last hair appointment. The stylist I’d chosen had a great reputation among my friends and rave reviews online. Her Instagram feed was filled with photos of women with long, lush hair coaxed into glorious waves and loose curls or artfully woven into thick braided updos. I could only imagine the […]

Fun, Style

November 9, 2018

Beware the Mom ‘Do

I think I will always remember 2018 for the arguing. People found a LOT to argue about this year, didn’t they? We argued about big topics like racism, immigration, gun control, politics, and sexual harassment. And we argued about little things, like whether Justin is still in love with Selena, Target’s Fall 2018 fashion choices, […]

Fun, Humor

November 5, 2018

Let’s Argue About Celebrating Christmas Before Thanksgiving! On Second Thought, Let’s Not.

There’s a lot to love — or at least, like — in this latest installment of what I’ve read lately, starting with one of my favorite books of the year. Check out my list and tell me in the comments what you’ve been reading lately!   Educated, Tara Westover (5/5 stars) Wow. I have so […]

Books, Fun

November 3, 2018

Mormons, Murderers, Husband Hunters, and Tale Tellers: Here’s What I’ve Read Lately

Halloween is a strange holiday when you think about it. Young, innocent children are encouraged to douse themselves in fake blood, dress like monsters or tarts-in-training and take candy from strangers, while grown women run around in costumes only a prostitute could love. It’s definitely not the natural order of things. Typically, the cane wavers […]

Fun, Humor

October 30, 2018

Here’s Proof Halloween a Century Ago was Just as Freaky

Target isn’t my favorite place to shop for clothes, but it’s hard to resist checking out the women’s clothing section when I’m there. Sometimes, I’ll find something cute and on trend at a good price — but this season, things seem to have taken a turn. I knew something very strange was happening at Target […]

Fun, Humor, Style

October 25, 2018

Things Have Gotten Super Weird in the Target Women’s Department

My husband and I have this inside joke that’s not at all funny. Any time we find a new product that we REALLY like and are REALLY excited about, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it’s only a matter of time before it’s discontinued. It’s happened so often that we’ve almost managed […]

Fun, Humor, Style

October 11, 2018

Discontinued and It Feels So Bad