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 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|

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|

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|


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.
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 […]

The Weight of the World on Tiny Shoulders

By |May 15th, 2017|

As parents, we often try to make childhood magical for our little ones, presenting the world around us as a nearly flawless wonderland.
We edit out most of the problems.  And, […]

Things I Want For Mother’s Day

By |May 14th, 2017|

Another Mother’s Day is upon us.
It’s our once a year, time to hear how great we are doing as moms day.  Usually, I would like to spend part of today […]

She’s A Strong-Willed Girl

By |May 11th, 2017|

This girl.
She’s a self proclaimed tomboy who thinks she’s a dare devil. Thank goodness her stunts are limited to playground equipment and sidewalks for now.  I still cringe when she […]

Who Knew Pants Could Ruin Someone’s Day?

By |May 9th, 2017|

I’m determined not to let my daughter’s pants ruin my day.
Yes, you did just read that.  Who knew a pair of pants could cause such drama?!  Well, let me tell […]

Who Knew Showering Would Be So Stressful?

By |May 4th, 2017|

I remember the good old days when I could just hop in the shower, maybe sing a song or two while getting clean.  It was so relaxing back in the […]

Things We Do As Parents Just to Get By

By |May 1st, 2017|

I had an idea of what kind of a parent I would be pre-children.
There was an image in my mind of how family life would go.  I never thought I’d […]

Give it a Rest Trolls

By |April 26th, 2017|

I’ve had it with people judging other moms’ choices about how to parent their kids.
It’s one thing for a family member or a close friend to say something, although this […]

Not Another Misleading Photo

By |April 23rd, 2017|

See the photo above?  Besides the terrible angle, always angle down, it’s a pretty cute shot.  The husband snapped this photo at the annual Tons of Trucks event through the […]

Happy Anniversary, Fenced In Momma!

By |April 21st, 2017|

Happy first anniversary to!  Looks like I need to by myself something with a paper theme to document this occasion; why paper for the first year anyways?  I feel […]

Dating to Make Mom Friends

By |April 17th, 2017|

I used to think how lucky I was that I met my husband in college.  I never really had to go on dates in the “real world.”  I got to […]

Raising Kids to Not Be Annoying Makes Me Annoying

By |April 12th, 2017|

Lately I’ve been noticing how annoying I have become.  It wasn’t too long ago when I had to only repeat myself a few times in order for my kids to actually […]

Easter Is Not Christmas

By |April 12th, 2017|

Here’s the deal:  Easter is not Christmas.
There is no “Easter Tree” to put presents under and there definitely are not “Easter Eve” traditions we must follow.  All religious beliefs aside, […]