Books for Boys: Recommendations for ages 7-10

tales of a fourth grade nothing

Mr. A is a reader, much like his mama was/is. The only problem with that is I’m constantly scrambling for appropriate reading material – for both his age and his interests. Thank goodness for Facebook and other blogs to tell me what other kids his age (and older) are reading. Right now he’s eight and… [Read More]

6 things to help calm the chaos

silhouette of woman look and think with sunlight

There’s a weight pressing against my chest. It’s been there for awhile. It’s rough out there right now. I hesitate to even open up my computer because there’s just SO MUCH — opinions, arguments, facts, lies, half-truths. I can’t deal with it and I know a lot of you can’t either. And that’s just the… [Read More]

4 Bathroom Must-Haves for Boy Moms

toilet paper

Y’all. I am done with our guest bathroom smelling like pee. D.O.N.E. My son is eight years old. I naively thought once we got this potty training thing nailed down, my days of dealing with pee would be over. FALSE! For the love of all that is holy, he cannot keep the urine in the… [Read More]

The “last time” is just around the corner

My Kiddos

I lay in bed with my newly eight year old, scratching his back and talking about our day. As exhaustion took over, he asked for my pinky, which he holds every night for just a few minutes while I sing Silent Night. It’s a silly little thing that brings him comfort and allows me a… [Read More]

The Durham Hotel: Worth a Night Away

Counter Culture Coffee

A few weeks ago, in the midst of the holiday chaos, I needed a night away. I needed a night away quite desperately. Between holiday shopping, work and making it through the Thanksgiving week, I needed something just for me. And I got it in the form of a girl’s night in Durham. Lucky for me,… [Read More]

Walt Disney Movies for 2017

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Oooooh, I’m so excited. Disney just released their slate of movies for the year and there are some GREAT ones on the list. So get your calendars out and mark these dates down! You won’t want to miss any of these. March 17, 2017 – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Walt Disney Studios) April 21, 2017 – BORN IN… [Read More]

39 things to do before I turn 40

Things to Do Before I Turn 40

Today is my birthday, my 39th birthday to be exact. That means I have exactly 365 days before I turn 40. I’ll admit that makes a part of me uneasy. Forty has always seemed so…old. But it’s not really, not at all, though shaking that mentality is difficult. I’ve got a year to get “okay”… [Read More]

Time Keeps On Ticking: My Word of the Year

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I’ve been thinking about a “word of the year” for the past several days. Nothing was really sticking. I toyed with the idea of appreciation – to focus on what I have in front of me, appreciate my life for what it is etc. But after a day or two, of rolling around in my… [Read More]

A letter to my son on his eighth birthday

My sweet boy

My sweet boy, Today you are eight. I try to come to grips with it, but in my mind, I still want to imagine a little boy with chubby cheeks, toddling down the hallway. That’s not where we are. You are an athlete – basketball, baseball, soccer…you name it, you want to play it. This… [Read More]