Archive for January 2011

The New Name for the Modern Mom: My Toddler's Tomato?

Labels. I can’t seem to shake one label in particular now that I am a middle class suburban mother who just so happens to drive a mini van. “BB” (before baby) I had so many opinions, most of which have been abandoned due to necessity and a tight budget. I am not going to say... Read more »

Struggling to catch my breath at the half-way point

There was no denying the fact that the school year was indeed half-way over as my boys clutched their crisp white envelopes in their hands, standing before me, nervous in their anticipation and craving my praise. It probably seems a little early to begin ruminating on the 2010-2011 school year; however, as a mother of... Read more »

Fish out of water

Fish out of water
Last year, I dug up my roots. I packed them into a minivan full of kids, tootsie pops and faith in our future – then drove them 1300 miles to our new home. Actually, it was my fella who did most of the driving – but let’s not split hairs. The point is, I left... Read more »
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Tomorrow is like any other day...

I realize everyone in Illinois and Wisconsin will be glued to their televisions tomorrow, but I know there exists a small population of people who will not mind if they miss a touchdown or two. As the Bears and Packers go face-to-face (or is it head-to-head?) in one of the most anticipated games in B/P... Read more »

Stains on my mattress (Spare me the judgment...)

Here we are tan and perfectly put together!
I completely admit this headline is gross, but our blog is all about the reality of life. And sometimes, there are stains on life and on your mattress. I like to take showers at night and when you go to bed with wet hair, it is possible to get a yellowish ring on your pillow.... Read more »

Bears, Football And Living In A House With Three Crazed Fans When All I Really Care About Are The Snacks!

I have never been a football fan. My early memories of the sport were of my father and his friends yelling at the television, at each other and at any of us kids who accidentally lost their first tooth during the Super Bowl and wanted to proudly show it off, only to be ushered to... Read more »
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A big thank you from the 'Burbs

This morning I checked ChicagoNow.com for my scheduled blog post and my eyes caught an earlier submission entitled, “Suburban People are Assholes“, from one of my favorite bloggers, The Masked Server. Intrigued at the title (and a teensy bit annoyed), I clicked through to read the rest of the post.  In short, the post did... Read more »

Keeping Up Appearances

I’ve been saying to myself lately that there is something artsy and eccentric about leaving the house in mismatched clothes and no makeup. That my over-plucked, uneven eyebrows make me look more thoughtful and intense. It has never occurred to me that my rugged eye brows and freakishly “unique” outfits make me look crazy…  Such... Read more »

Running without reservation: How a frazzled, tired mother of three finally got her groove back

Contrary to the lie that I tell my children, John Mayer was not really inspired to write the lyrics, “Your body is a wonderland…” by me. Now, my children have never believed my feeble attempts to convince them, as they still do not understand the concept of knock-on-a-closed-bedroom-door-before-you-open-it and they have seen me in nothing... Read more »
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I'm ready to get mad!

Yesterday’s headlines have been a good reality check/smack in the face for me. 14 Decapitated bodies found in Mexico ResortBloodbath:  Portuguese Journalist SlainNation Shocked: Congresswoman Shot in Tucson I am humbled and completely grateful for my content and abundant life.  A few days ago, I thought all day about my torn jeans.  I dropped my... Read more »