Don't be afraid of family pictures

Don’t be Afraid of Family Pictures

For the past six years, I’ve been absolutely terrified of having family pictures taken professionally. Seriously – terrified. I would watch all of my friends hiring photographers and coming home with the most amazing pictures of their family. I would feel envious. I would think about having pictures taken. And then I would chicken out… Read More


Christmas Through the Years

At around this time each year, I create a picture book and look at the past year of pictures. And then I go back and look at all of the books from the previous years. And then I cry. Our kids are growing up. I’m getting wrinkles. Big Hairy Dog probably only has a few… Read More

Santa Cams are Everywhere

No Elf on the Shelf? No Problem!

It’s that magical time of year, where Santa is watching every single move my kids make. He sees them when they’re sleeping. He knows when they’re awake. He knows when Miles is wiping boogers on his wall and when Alice doesn’t change her underwear for days at a time. He sees them when they tackle… Read More

Tips and Tricks for Tired Moms

Tips and Tricks for Tired Moms

Since I am officially the worst mother on earth (you can read more about that here), I was surprised when I got an email from a reader asking me for advice. Yes. ME! She’s tired. She has little kids that don’t always sleep when they should be sleeping (like in the middle of the night!)… Read More

Simon Christmas Letter

I Thought I Won at Parenting…

Not too long ago, we were having a really normal lunch. Except for the fact that Simon was going through his “green wig” phase and insisted on wearing it at all times. Miles and Alice were already finished eating and had started playing in the family room. Simon really  wanted to play with them. Simon:… Read More

My Balls

So, I’m pretty sure that this all started because of a man with one leg at Dick’s Sporting Goods. I was there with all three kids trying to find the cheapest soccer shoes in existence. I was bending down behind a low shelf, and my kids were on the other side talking to one of… Read More

37 Things You Never Want to Hear from Your Babysitter

I’ve been lucky with babysitters over the past 5 years, but I’ve heard my fair share of horror stories. I reached out to a few blogging friends of mine – and my followers on Facebook to put together this post – and I have to tell you, I’ve been cracking up for the past week… Read More

A Recipe for Smooth Road Trips With Kids from My Life and Kids

A Recipe for Smooth Road Trips with Kids

A couple of times a year, I drive the kids by myself to visit my parents. It’s a 5-hour drive. Did I mention that I go by myself? It has gotten so much easier now that I don’t have to stop to breastfeed a baby. And, I’ll be honest, once we got the minivan with… Read More

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Even Steven snapped this picture of the kids and me walking into Target yesterday morning. I think it says several things about me (and the kids): * I (hopefully) let my kids dress themselves. * It might be Halloween. * My son could be an elf. (Or he declared it Pajama Day.) * It’s possible… Read More