Never Take a Mom to this Restaurant or The Post in Which I Reveal how Boring We Are


Our family of four — one stay-at-home mom, one work-from-home dad and two boys — spent most of January marooned inside the house together thanks to one relentless snowstorm after the other. By the end of the month I was desperate for a break from the constant wrestling matches on the floor in front of […]

Stay-at-home Mom Problems: Stolen Moments


Back when I worked at The Office, a steady line of people paraded past my cubicle everyday on the way to the vending machine for their 3 o’clock sugar fix. Sometimes the line for M&Ms was longer than the line at the DMV. Two hours after lunch everyone’s blood sugar dipped, and we still had […]

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


I love chocolate chip cookies. I love peanut butter cookies. I love oatmeal cookies. So what could be better than┬áPeanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, all three in one? When I made these I told myself I was going to be good and only have one today. I ate four. I just couldn’t help myself. […]

If You’re Ugly, Don’t Bother Reading This


After reading a thoughtful and insightful look into the life of a talented, accomplished actress I glanced at the comments left at the bottom of the article. There was a long discussion about how the readers didn’t think she was pretty enough. “She’s ugly.” “I wouldn’t say she’s ugly, but she isn’t classically beautiful.” “Pick […]

An Open Letter to God About This Winter


Dear God, We get it. We really do. You’re good with snow. You’re REALLY good with snow. You’ve painted so many beautiful scenes with it this year. I’ve oohed and aahed over and over, glorying in the wonder of it all. But here’s the thing. It’s getting a little old now. I always wondered how […]

My Real Life Weekly Meal Plan. No Quinoa Required.


I would like to tell you for dinner tonight my family dined on fresh, homemade sprouted bread, organic creamed kale and free-range chicken and quinoa casserole made with Amish cheese. For dessert we enjoyed chocolate pots de creme, made with only the finest Belgian chocolate, of course. Except that we didn’t. Not even close. Monday […]

Conversations with My Children: The Definition of Blackmail

David: Mom, what does blackmail mean? Me: It’s when someone tries to get you to do something by holding something over your head. David: Oh. Me: You know, say you cheated on a test, and I said if you don’t pay me $100 I’ll tell your teacher you cheated. David: I think I’d rather just […]