When the Shiny Moments Aren’t Shiny Enough or, Mom’s Emergency Sanity Kit

The holidays are my favorite time of year, a bright spot at the beginning of a dark time both literal and figurative.  It’s a time to gather with friends and family and eat too much, for some drink too much, and for still others a chance to bake too much.  Can one ever have tooContinue reading “When the Shiny Moments Aren’t Shiny Enough or, Mom’s Emergency Sanity Kit”

Breathing Through A Rough Week or Facebook Did you Miss Me?

I’ve had a bit of a rough week.  I know this is true both because I’m exhausted and cranky, but also because I’ve only been on Facebook twice. There was a moment today, when Benji was sleeping and Ellie and Bill were at the grocery store fetching us honey that I was finally able toContinue reading “Breathing Through A Rough Week or Facebook Did you Miss Me?”

Baby’s First Cake, Saved the Party for Later

Benji turned one last week.  Poor kid got about two tiny handfuls of his cake and Ellie and I ate the rest.  Well, she ate the frosting.  I ate my piece, and her pieces minus the frosting.  Did I just finish off an entire two layer chocolate cake with chocolate frosting by MYSELF?  For theContinue reading “Baby’s First Cake, Saved the Party for Later”

Don’t Throw Away Your Vision Board. Yet. Add Some Action!

So I’ve always been a big fan of Vision boards.  I’ve spent half my life trying to fast-forward through whatever hardship I thought I was enduring, and the other half pipe-dreaming these big elaborate fantasies about what I wanted my life to be like. Those pipe-dreams may seem like a waste of time but whenContinue reading “Don’t Throw Away Your Vision Board. Yet. Add Some Action!”

Being Here With Compassion. Or, Barely Resisting the Urge to Yank Out Your Eyebrows in DSW

Let me set the scene.  Me, in the middle of DSW, trying to find a decent pair of black dress shoes with a heel that won’t send me to emergency and a style that won’t make me feel like the rest of my outfit is from the thrift store.  (Because it probably is). Ellie isContinue reading “Being Here With Compassion. Or, Barely Resisting the Urge to Yank Out Your Eyebrows in DSW”

Screaming At Bunnies and Other Things Stay At Home Moms Need to Do To Stay Sane, or, Date Night Drama

Yesterday everything went wrong.  Ellie was upset all day, making Benji upset.  She almost (accidentally) knocked him out about three times.  She pushed me, she hit me, she threw things at Ben.  She chucked applesauce all over the living room floor, then screamed and slammed her door when I told her to change.  I saidContinue reading “Screaming At Bunnies and Other Things Stay At Home Moms Need to Do To Stay Sane, or, Date Night Drama”

The Sacred Act of Eating…or…Pumpkin Guts Are Gross and Fun

Fall.  My favorite time of year.  There is something delicious about cold mornings, longer evenings and the smell of firewood in the air.  The hot tea tastes cozier, the fuzzy socks feel softer.  The nostalgic yearning for dad’s chili, homemade applesauce and pumpkin flavored latte’s warms the tummy AND the heart.  It’s funny how foodContinue reading “The Sacred Act of Eating…or…Pumpkin Guts Are Gross and Fun”