Category: Humor

Celebrating Mother's Day: Forget the Gifts, Let's Hear the Stories!

I couldn’t help but share the essay I read at the Listen To Your Mother Show at The Athenaeum Theatre this past Sunday. An amazing experience which only confirms that everyone has a story to tell. I thought for sure my mundane silly story would just amuse but found many women approaching me after the show... Read more »

Amazing Moms Need Recognition, Extravagant Gifts And Cabana Boys

All moms should be recognized, preferably with extravagant gifts and cabana boys with palm leaves fanning us on a warm summer day, right ladies? I was excited to hear Bump Club and Beyond announce the launch of their BCBesties Awards honoring everyday Chicago moms who have gone above and beyond to be a friend, resource... Read more »

Life Outside of the Baby Aisle: Living My Middle

by Brandi Lee, Parenting Without A Parachute Contributor Do you remember being pregnant? Did you sign up for the newsletter that would email you a weekly estimate of the size of your baby?  As the weeks went by, your baby would be a compared to a grape, a fig, an avocado, a spaghetti squash, a pineapple.... Read more »

Faux Farms

I want a faux farm. I dream of skipping about with Midwest wildflowers in one hand and feeding chickens with the other. I long to pause and reflect about life while leaning by a rusted silo or a red paint chipped barn. This song from Sesame Street’s Follow That Bird plays on repeat in the... Read more »

The Magic Wand Fails: Parenting Requires More Than Essential Oils

My coping mechanisms to help me live through an overly chaotic day include: tea, a lot of deep breathing and inhaling stress-fix concentrate from Aveda. When lavender, lavandin and clary sage disperses onto my skin and into my nose, life seems a little more manageable. One particular day proved to be uncontrollably difficult. I found... Read more »

Victoria’s Secret vs. Hanes

I’ve said goodbye to my last pair of Victoria’s Secret skivvies. Maybe one day I will say hello to them again, but alas, the idea of comfort supersedes sexy. I used to strut into Vicki’s with bold confidence, until one less-than-pleasant experience left me frowning and a little disgruntled. It was 7 years ago and... Read more »

The Muffin Top Years: "Tighter" Not Always Better

By Tracy Jensen, Parenting Without A Parachute contributor A few months ago, I got invited to a networking event. My excitement at the idea to get out amongst people over three feet tall quickly withered into smacking my head against the keyboard… Upon closer reading, I discovered this event was at a club. A swanky... Read more »

Stretch Marks Revealed (PHOTO)

I have no problem embarrassing myself whether on accident or on purpose. It seemed only natural for me to go one step further and capture the image of my stretch marks and display them online for everyone on God’s green internet to see. I’m just not embarrassed about the fact that my life isn’t perfect... Read more »

Mommy Guilt: Play With My Kids or Play With My iPhone?

by Brandi Lee, Parenting Without A Parachute Contributor There have been a few articles and blog posts making the Facebook rounds recently, addressing the evils of the iPhone or other similar cellular devices.  Have you read them? 
I stumbled across the first one a few months ago, and the author’s words coaxed me into a... Read more »

The Dr. Oz Detox: 24 Days Later (Moderation, Fruit and Aunt Flo)

I always wondered what happened to people after they dabbled in a detox or had their house renovated on one of those DIY remodel shows. Did he keep to his new healthy lifestyle? Did she continue to pick up her dirty undies and use the enormous laundry room that was built for her? I worked... Read more »