How to survive back to school shopping

Back-to-School Shopping: A 7-step Guide on how to Survive

It’s back-to-school time again, and I’m sure many of you have already sent the kiddos off to their new classroom adventures.  We start later this week where I live, so I took the time (risk?  challenge? dare?) to do some last-minute back-to-school shopping with my boys this weekend.  I was foolish to think it would …

Motherhood and Midlife Crisis: What I'd say to my younger self

Midlife and Motherhood: Where’s the crisis?

What would you say to your younger self if you could send a message back in time?  Would you warn yourself of what’s to come, Celebrate what has been?  Share hopes and dreams for what may come next? A fellow blogger, Erin, at The Accidental Supermom, recently posted a note from her thirties-self to her twenties-self, …

Raising boys in the me too era

Raising boys in the “me too” era: How to best prepare your sons for the road ahead of them

In today’s “me-too” era where awareness and implications of words and actions seems more serious than ever, Mothers of Boys have a lot to think about.  In my recent M.O.B. Truths survey, approximately half of the respondents said they are trying to instill respect and values early on in their sons, while the other half …

The most awesome summer day, without even leaving the front yard.

How to have the MOST AWESOME summer day without even leaving your front yard

I took the week off of work to spend with my boys — a little bit of fun, a little relaxation — wait, actually, relaxation never happens for me — a lot of laughs, some yelling, some tantrums, some timeouts, and a lot of mess.  We find fun in making messes sometimes — it’s liberating …

Embrace the slime craze! So many reasons to love slime.

10 Reasons to LOVE SLIME!

SLIME!  If you’re a parent, you’re probably cringing at this craze that has lasted over a year now.  Making slime, playing with slime, experimenting with new slime recipes, watching videos about slime, teaching others to make slime, putting new things in slime, figuring out where slime sticks and where it doesn’t.  We are undoubtedly in …

Working Mom Guilt hits extra-hard in the summer, as we don't want to miss a moment of discovery or summer fun

Summer’s here . . . and so is working mom guilt. Here are 5 ways to cope.

Summer break!  It’s time when kids everywhere enjoy vacation homes, family time, lazy days of sleeping late, breakfast on the back patio, and then splashing in sprinklers all day.  Or, in the case of many working moms like me . . . kids are at summer camp.  Don’t get me wrong – my boys love …

simple summer camp lunch ideas

UGH. Another deli sandwich, Mom? 10 simple summer camp lunch ideas to the rescue

  It’s officially summer, when my kids seem to excel at the game “How many water bottles and pair of goggles can you lose?” and “Where did that tube of sunscreen go?”  I’m a working mom who works through the summer, which means fun summer camps (with a hefty side of working mom guilt) for …

gardening with kids

Gardening with Kids: Simple steps to summer fun

“We seasoned our dinner with herbs from our garden, and topped off our salad with our homegrown tomatoes,” the  neighbors said.  Not us!  Steak on the grill and frozen french fries over here!  I tend to think I don’t have the skill — or the time — for a fancy, productive garden, though I do …

Easy Father's Day Gifts

20 Easy Father’s Day Gifts he’ll love

You know when you buy Dad a tie as a Father’s Day gift, but he rarely dresses up?  Or you get your husband a coupon book for various golf courses, and he never uses it because it turns out there are limitations on days and times, and none are convenient?  Yeah, let’s avoid that, right?  …

Boredom Busters - splash!

Save Your Sanity: 17 Simple Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

Memorial Day:  Aside from the ever-important honoring those who have given their lives for our country, it typically also marks the unofficial start to summertime  . . . nearing the end of the school year . . . and the approximate time when the kids — after just hours out of school — start to …