Where To Start…

I have so much to tell you about, I’m really not sure where to start.  How about chronological order?

On Friday two of my favorite women, Christie of Outlaw Mama and Arnebya of What Now And Why acquiesced to my badgering and joined me in a Huffington Post Live conversation about the bizarre overpowering phenomenon to crave more babies (they were pretty darn vocal in my comments and on their own blogs so I dragged them in with me).  I’ve pasted the player for the segment at the end of the post, if you want to check us out.

On Saturday my family attended our first with-kids wedding.  It was beautiful, it was perfect, and it was so much fun.

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The Holidays Are Out Of Control

Last week when I read Kristin Howerton’s Can We Bring The Holidays Down A Notch? I laughed and cried.  I laughed because I didn’t have multiple school age children complaining to me about St. Patrick Day celebrations, but I cried because I know it’s coming.  As it is, I’ve already struggled with how to bring them down after insane birthday celebrations and the holiday festivities are creeping in right behind them as sugar-fueled, expectation-riddled greed-fests. Continue reading

Parenting In Black And White

Someday in the future I am going to force my kids to write a nice letter to Bank of America, thanking them for any semblance of culture they might have.  BofA hosts Museums on Us during the first weekend of every month.  Without this program I would never have brought a 3yo and a 1yo to the Bronx Zoo, the Botanical Gardens or the Met.  A trip like that is guaranteed to cost $100 when you factor in soft pretzels, dippin’ dots, and other various snacks.  Saving $50-75 on admission really eases the sting of having to leave after eight minutes because someone’s diaper exploded on my dress (yes, that happened) or running through every exhibit with a crying child.

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Naming The Baby: Finding The Balance Between Out Of The Box And Out Of Your Mind

I could talk about baby names and naming babies for days. That’s why I was thrilled to be a part of a recent Huffington Post Live piece entitled “What Happened To Mary?”  The segment debated whether the movement away from common or traditional names is a positive trend.  I said “go for it!” Continue reading

Enough Is Enough

There have been some amazing discussions, tweets, blog posts, and petitions circulating since Friday’s horrific events in Newtown, CT.  I am both saddened and honored to be a part of these conversations.

As a mother I struggle to comprehend this unspeakable tragedy.  I weep for those victims and their families.  I am grateful for the extra cuddles with my young children.  I remain angry at the state of this country that we cannot make meaningful change to end mass shootings. Continue reading