I was THAT mom... not proud, but not sorry

I know they’re only kids. I know it’s only a game. I also understand that hockey is a physical sport. But watching a kid get elbowed in the head and lifted off her skates while the ref ignores the blatant illegal hit… well that shit doesn’t fly. I am a Hockey mom. Both my son... Read more »

Finding myself: a mom's story

I’m uncomfortable. Once again I’m teetering on the edge of that comfort zone. I know it’s inevitable, I’ve been here before, but it doesn’t make it any more welcome this fourth time around. Like I said, I’ve been here before. While there’s hundreds of parenting books, there’s really no manual out there for moms. Sure,... Read more »

5 things I'm loving this week

This was a week of firsts for me. I took my first solo trip: not a girls weekend, not meeting a friend, just me initially surrounded by strangers. I rode a bike for the first time in a really, really long time (amazing that a beach path makes you want to ride forever). And, I... Read more »
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I know you're ready, I just need another minute

I get how this works. I know things are going according to plan. And I know you’re ready… I just need another minute.  Guaranteed, there’s going to be tears.  You’ve probably seen me cry only a handful of times over the past 17 years- usually at video montages or curtain calls- but now every day... Read more »

Here's what you need to know about planning a family road trip to Mount Rushmore

Let me preface that I am NOT a road tripper. I know, I know- it’s the journey not the destination. But when said destination includes 950 miles in a confined space with two teens and a husband that I swear has a second bladder… that journey needs to go a little damn faster. For years... Read more »

Wednesday mornings with Chris Erskine

The irony is not lost on me. Ask 100 people to describe me, and I bet 99 of them wouldn’t use the word patient. That’s why it’s fairly humorous that I get annoyed with my kids’ need for instant gratification. There was a time when we had to wait nearly a week to see if... Read more »
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Out of my comfort zone: a mom's story

It likely begins of the day we return home from the hospital. The day we sit down on our couch with a newborn and wonder “what do I do now?” It’s up to me to keep this baby safe and teach it strength, independence, and compassion. How the hell do I do that? I’ll admit... Read more »

9 simple ways to make EVERY day Earth Day

Earth Day is sort of like high school English class: after twelve years of grammar lessons, we still don’t know when to use lay/lie or how to properly use a comma. The first recognized Earth Day occurred in 1970… 48 years later we’re still trying to understand how to best preserve our environment. It’s become... Read more »

Drive-thru or made McYourWay: how a fast breakfast favorite stacks up

Mornings are hectic enough without trying to squeeze in breakfast too, right? But…you have the lingering voice in your head reminding you that it’s the most important meal of the day (it is). So, a stop at the drive-thru seems like the ideal choice for something quick to get you back to your day. You... Read more »
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4 cookbooks every kitchen needs

Pinterest is great for searching and saving recipes. It’s also great for falling into a time-suck rabbit hole trying to re-find said recipes. Two hours later you’re even hungrier and have nothing to show for it. Yet, because Pinterest and Google are convenient- I rarely buy cookbooks anymore… …it has to be pretty damn special,... Read more »