SNOWED IN – reporting live from the trenches

snow day in nc

Today is Day 3 of Raleigh’s Snowmeggedon. We started off on a much better foot than yesterday. Yesterday we had lots of whining and screaming before it was even 9 a.m. Yesterday I understood why some animals eat their young. Today the kids are just enthralled with the 5 inches of snow we have. We are lucky… [Read More]

Am I Done Having Children?


“Enough! …Enough, Holden!” I said in a louder voice than I should have, with a tone sharper than it probably should have been. “You are enough…” my voice trailed off a bit and I looked down at him. His red puffy cheeks stained with tears of another tantrum and the snot of the never-ending winter… [Read More]

Why can’t I eat brownies for breakfast?

Kids With Cake

I am not a huge fan of saying “Because I said so.”  Sure, it’s squeaked passed my lips on occasion, but I don’t feel like it is a particularly great answer. Sometimes though, you have no choice. There are questions in which the answer is either too long and complicated to explain or you simply don’t… [Read More]

Making time for exercise after kids

In the past I have struggled finding ways to lose weight. I have tried a variety of different diets and work out regiments. Some worked well (if I was disciplined enough to stick with it) while others just left me “hangry” and feeling like I wasted my time. I felt sluggish and desperate to get back into a… [Read More]

Parenting – we all need a little support #sisterhoodunite

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I’m a mama – an epidural having, breastfeeding, bottle feeding, disposable diaper toting, stroller pushing, baby food making AND buying, working in the home, stay at home mama. I’ve also worked out of the home, attempted baby wearing and have vaccinated my children. I kiss, cuddle AND yell. I have done all of these things… [Read More]

The key to dealing with a picky eater

I bet that title got your attention. Well, unfortunately, this is not a post where I discovered the answer to an age-old parenting dilemna. If I had the answer, I’d be making a bazillion dollars pimping it on Dr. Oz, Ellen and the Today Show. Alas, I have no miracle cure for the picky eater…. [Read More]

Why are mornings so crazy?

Being as yesterday was a holiday, we didn’t have school. I was relieved as that meant we’d have another calm, easy morning like Saturday and Sunday. WRONG. I was planning to go to the YMCA to work out. I’ve been super slack about working out since the new year started, but we worked out the… [Read More]

Surviving winter weather with kids; how to avoid insanity

I’m excited to bring on some new writers to the site. Formal announcements and changes coming soon. But for now…meet Kristin. School is cancelled due to weather…again. This means EVERYTHING else on the calendar (with the exception of my hubby’s work) is either cancelled or postponed as well. None of the regular kid activities are… [Read More]

He’s still my little boy

I’ve been a little cranky with Mr. A lately. He’s having some “development” issues, ie. behavior problems. I think he’s having a growth spurt as he’s eating ALL. THE. TIME. I’m hoping that’s the cause of his blatent lack of caring when I ask him to do something. But that’s not the point of this post…. [Read More]

Moms can be scared of the dark too

Last night I heard a big bump upstairs in Mr. A’s room. It was about 11:30 and I sat straight up. Something was off. My mom alarm was going off incessantly. I couldn’t figure out what was happening. It was eerily quiet. I laid back down, thinking I must have been dreaming, but then I… [Read More]

This is how my morning started

I didn’t know that we were going to have a moment this morning when I got out of bed. We ate our breakfast, you and your brother played a game or two on your LeapPads and the phones. We got dressed and brushed teeth. I was thrilled that when I asked you to get into… [Read More]

6 ways my children and cats are eerily similar

my cats and my kids are the same

Last night I crawled into bed next to my husband, who was reading a book. He reached over and started scratching my head and arm. Not five seconds later, one of our cats, Schubert, was all up in my face, trying to get my husband to rub him instead of me. Seriously cat? It’s MY… [Read More]

So much happening in so little time

Kindergarten is crazy

Oh kindergarten, you are a funny bird. You’ve turned  my sweet first born baby into a boy – a full fledged boy now, complete with opinions and ideas on how the world works. In the last three weeks, I’ve seen his intelligence grow three-fold. He’s talking about math and science as if he’s going to… [Read More]

Where do you store your medicine? Safety tips for parents

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I just spent the past five days in Vegas. Right now there are suitcases, tote bags and clothing strewn across my room (much to my husband’s dismay). Miss E has been super helpful and unzipping every pocket and exploring every nook and cranny. “What’s this Mommy?” she says intrigued. Um, yeah, it was a tampon…. [Read More]