Top 10 Craziest Things that Happened in My House Last Week (No. 1)


1. Wade “cleaned” the bathroom with toothpaste. An entire, brand new tube of toothpaste. It was all over the counter, vanity, wall and bathtub. The sink is now completely plaque free. 2. We tried the Waffle Taco from Taco Bell. I was curious. I mean, it has bacon in it. How can anything with bacon […]

How to Make Your Boys Think You’re Awesome


I never thought my obsession with boots would give me common ground for bonding with my boys. I have lots of boots. It’s shameful. No one needs that many pairs. They’re a guilty pleasure. A boot habit can get expensive, so I have a little agreement with myself. I’m only allowed to buy one new […]

Unpotty Training: Letting Go to Let Them Go


I totally have that song from Frozen stuck in my head right now. Too bad the movie didn’t come out until after we were done with potty training. It would make a great toilet anthem. Except it would go more like this: Let it go! Let it go! The poop never bothered me anyway. Because […]

Going to the Dogs


Our house and our hearts grew a little fuller a couple of weeks ago when we brought Isabella “Bella” Barkellini home to live with us. Bella’s all legs, sleek and long. It’s hard to believe this big girl is only a nine month old puppy. She adjusted to her new home easily, claiming the yard […]

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. […]