Mornings with School Aged Children are NO Joke

By |September 13th, 2017|

I’ve been pretty lucky (up until now) with mornings as a mom.  Besides a few months of colic early on, my kids have been pretty good about sleeping until after […]

Getting Out of the Mom Rut One Lunch at a Time

By |September 1st, 2017|

Sometimes I feel like I hit a “stay at home mom rut.”
The everyday turns into the same thing EVERY DAY, and all the sudden I realize I need to feel […]

The Day I Got Bullied At the Park… As an Adult

By |August 21st, 2017|

We talk all the time to children about bullies – what to look out for, how to stand up for yourself, how to exit the situation.  We discuss how to […]

All the First Day Feels

By |August 17th, 2017|

I always seem to surprise myself.
Today is the day we’ve been thinking about all summer; the first day of 1st grade.  My emotions have gone from excitement, to worry, back […]

I’m Done Having Babies and It’s Okay

By |July 27th, 2017|

The question of “when are you going to have kids?” started literally days after getting married.
The husband and I knew we were going to wait a bit, but it appeared […]

Things I Don’t Want to Hear When I’m Eating

By |July 24th, 2017|

When I’m enjoying some food, there are certain things I just don’t want to hear.
Now, you may be thinking of some obvious things, like really grotesque topics, and those would […]

The Negativity Needs to Go Away

By |July 18th, 2017|

Like most days recently, I started my day off judging how my stomach didn’t shrink as much as I had hoped it would after a night of sleeping.  Is it […]

Becoming a Mother Enabled Me to Reach my Career Potential

By |July 13th, 2017|

Once Upon a Time, I Didn’t Know What I Wanted To Be When I Grew Up
When I was in elementary school, I was surrounded by fellow students who all seemed […]

Yes, I Bribed My Kid Today

By |July 10th, 2017|

It’s true.

Today is a Monday, and to make matters worse, it’s a Monday after a long family vacation.  No one wanted to wake up, including the 3 year old who […]

Lessons in Rudeness, Learned at the Zoo

By |July 6th, 2017|

My kids and I have always loved the zoo.  We go to any zoo we can get our hands on, but our “home” zoo is Brookfield Zoo.  Ever since they […]

The Radio Is No Longer Safe for Little Ears

By |July 3rd, 2017|

I have always (and will always) love singing along with the radio.
Anyone who knows me (or has ever ridden in the car with me) knows I like to just belt […]

Reminder: Having Kids Has Awesome Benefits

By |June 27th, 2017|

We parents love to complain about our kids.
We post memes and share blogs that make us nod our heads and murmur, “mmmhmm. SO true.” And I believe we gain some […]

Age Three Is NO Joke

By |June 19th, 2017|

Turns out the “terrible twos” are a walk in the park compared to the wonderful age of three.
I’ve often heard children of this age referred to as “threenagers” or as […]

Father’s Day: Beyond the Card

By |June 15th, 2017|

FATHER’S DAY IS AROUND THE BEND
Father’s Day is approaching! I know this because Target put out their selection of Father’s Day cards about, oh, three months ago (what is with […]

My Kids Act Nuts Around Our Neighbors

By |June 12th, 2017|

Can someone tell me why my kids seem to lose their minds around other families; especially neighbors?
It’s the strangest thing and I honestly cannot seem to figure this out.

My kids […]

When Daddy Travels

By |June 9th, 2017|

A LETTER TO MY CHILDREN
My precious offspring,

Daddy’s work requires him to travel quite a bit, and usually for around a week at a time.  You know this well – it’s […]

Mom Guilt: Sunscreen addition

By |June 6th, 2017|

Look, there are more than enough things to feel guilty about as a mom: yelling at your kids, not buying them the entire toy aisle, forgetting it’s crazy sock day […]

The Precious Preschool Era

By |June 2nd, 2017|

In the morning, my oldest daughter was going to her first ever day of preschool.
I had wanted to wait until she was three years old, which she had turned in […]

Customer Service 101, Doctors Edition

By |June 1st, 2017|

You know what really ruffles my feathers?!
When I am at a doctor’s (usually a specialist’s office), with my children in tow and we receive terrible customer service.  Nothing irks me […]

The Joys of Getting My Five Year Old Dressed

By |May 31st, 2017|

WE LIVE IN THE WRONG CLIMATE
I don’t say that just because Chicago area winters and transitional seasons are rough (I used to think people were crazy for living here, so […]

On the Eve of your Last Day of Kindergarten

By |May 25th, 2017|

I seem to be on a bit of an emotional roller coaster.
First of all, how can you already be ready for full day school?
Wasn’t it just yesterday I was bringing […]

A Momma As Seen through Her Child’s Eyes

By |May 23rd, 2017|

MOST BEAUTIFUL LADY IN THE WORLD          

Typically, a young child thinks his or her mom is the most beautiful lady in the world.  On numerous occasions, I’ve heard this sweet […]

It Was So Much Easier Being a Nanny

By |May 22nd, 2017|

I had been working in a high stress hotel sales job for a few years when I decided to make a drastic life change.  I was a newlywed living in […]

Kids Are Never Satisfied

By |May 18th, 2017|

I’ve come to the realization that children never are fully satisfied.
Ever.
They always want more.  More candy, more toys, more allowance.  More, more, more.   Or they want something different than what […]

Mom Guilt Always Seems to Rear Its Ugly Head

By |May 17th, 2017|

Mom Guilt.  If you are a mom, you get this.
It doesn’t matter if your child is a newborn or a grown adult; it appears once you become a mom.
It’s a […]