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An Answer for All of Your Parenting Problems

If you have little kids – or if you’re pregnant – pay attention. Because I’m about to solve most of the parenting problems you’ve ever had. Well, I’m not personally going to solve them. In fact, I’m pretty sure you should never take my parenting advice, especially since my 4-year-old said to me this morning,…

Even Steven and his Trailer

Have Hope – I’ve Seen Our Futures

Even Steven and I are a lot like most parents. We’re full of joy and love for our kids. We laugh at things they say and take pride in small milestones (like when Alice finally learned to wipe herself and get the toilet paper into the toilet afterwards.) We take our jobs as parents seriously…

10 Things I Learned on the Coldest Day of My Life

Yesterday was the coldest day of my life. Okay – it probably wasn’t really. I was born in the 80’s, and I grew up in Michigan – so I’m guessing that if I had been 8 years old with temps below zero – we wouldn’t have talked about it. My mom would have just sent…

Even Steven and his Trailer

I’m Blaming Even Steven

Let’s go ahead and make something very clear here: everything is Even Steven’s fault. I’m sure you already knew that, but just in case you didn’t, let me repeat myself. Everything is Even Steven’s fault. Okay – maybe not really. But it makes me feel better to blame him. At least a little… If you’ve…

Even Steven in Stripes

Family, Friends and Chili Cheese Fries

My great-grandmother used to say that the state of your life on New Year’s Eve was an indication of the rest of your year. Her advice used to freak me out. I’d spend my last few days of each year racing around, cleaning out closets, doing crunches, Nairing my upper lip and vacuuming like a…

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My Terrible (NON) Snow Day

With ice and snow in the forecast, we woke up this morning to Miles’s very first snow day. He was pissed. And so was I. I stayed in bed and closed my eyes and tried to muster up the strength to have some fun with my kids. We couldn’t play in the snow – because…

What the…

Even Steven and I were running in a race, and we were nearly to the finish line when the storm sirens started going off. We followed the instructions of the race officials and ran towards a large shelter house to take cover – along with 200 other runners. When we got into the building, something…

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5 Signs That I’m a Middle-Aged Mom

I started noticing some changes in my life a couple of years ago. At first I thought it was pregnancy hormones (I was pregnant with Simon at the time). Then I thought maybe it had something to do with the kind of soap I was using. But now, I realize that I’m just becoming a…

Lies My Mother Told Me: Part I

My mother was an elementary school counselor and very tuned in to feelings and emotions. And it was very important to her that I grow up to be a strong, confident woman. So sometimes, when I probably just needed the truth, she would lie… “Yes – I think you’re a great dancer.” “No – your…