Pick-Up Line Confession: The Labia Wars

Listen up. Women are incredible. We grow humans inside of our bodies. Our boobs are food. We bleed every month and don’t die. We bounce back from childbirth as if our skin is made entirely of elastic. We keep children alive, and sometimes choose to do it again and again. …

5 Ways to Practice Self-Love

Self-love: Read all about it. While it’s wonderful to find new ways to love your partner, your children and your friends and family, we thought it might be nice to share a bit about self-love. As a mother, it can be tricky to find the time to love yourself, especially …

Confessions of a Mom with a Strong-Willed Child

I yell at my kids. I’ve grabbed my son Jack by the arm and literally dragged him to his room. I have slapped his hand, spanked his butt and told him I’m moving to California and never coming back. None of this I’m proud of. It actually haunts me at …

How to Plan a Weekend Away from Your Kids

I’m writing this in my underwear from a hotel room in Boston. I slept until 7:30am this morning, which in my house is the kind of luxury usually reserved for my birthday. Yesterday, she and I saw our first movie in a theater since July 2015. We waited two and …

The Best On-The-Go Salad!

A large bowl of nutritious goodness awaits you, and it is only 30 minutes away! This on-the-go salad is perfect for busy families, if you’re looking to eat better or simply because you love eating anything out of a jar (that’s me!). The salad ingredients are perfect examples of how …

Um, Om & Namaste

Um, Om & Namaste  Don’t hate me, but I’m that mom. I’m the one who has done the same yoga-Tai-Chi-Pilates class for 15 years, but I’m usually getting there just a bit late (dashing in from work!). I know that really stinks and please don’t judge me. I’m the one …

How to Appreciate the One You’re With: Take a Step Back

I want to tell you a story. It goes a little something like this: We have a water dispenser on our refrigerator. We live in a rental, a rental that we love, a rental that I am doing everything in my power to manifest in order to buy from two …

The Guide to Happiness Starts Now

Happiness. It can be a loaded word for some… For most of my life, that word seemed just out of reach. When you’re growing up in a Midwest middle-income household with three older sisters and one younger brother, you basically only wear hand-me-downs for your entire childhood. That does not …

Conversations With My Daughter

There are very few things I love about Facebook. Like very few. But one of the things I do love – besides feeling all the love on your birthday – is when parents post random, hilarious, honest conversations with their kids. While I was writing my novel about a five-year-old who …

We Time vs. Me Time

I remember the early days when my son was a baby and taking a shower was an actual event. Could I leave the baby for a few minutes even though he was sleeping? Was my husband watching? Should I pop out of the shower in my terry cloth towel and …