Weekly And Daily Routines (that are not so routine)

I wrote an entire post last week whining about how hard it is to be consistent with our routines. Turns out, I am not alone in this quest to figure out how to maintain the flow of our days. Many of you asked for more information about what our routines are, no matter how bad I am at keeping them consistent. I get it....Read More

Why Are Consistent Routines So Hard?

Mom confession time. I totally let my son watch four episodes of SpongeBob yesterday. In a row. I dozed on the couch with the aggravating sounds of Squidward and Patrick in the background. It was my son who stopped the incessant music playing at the end of the episode. "I'm bored," he said, looking at me expectantly. "I'm tired," I wanted to say, but...Read More

When Life Gets Messy, So Does My Budget

I sat down today to finish out the month's financial paperwork, both for my husband's business and our household. Once again, one thing is clear - When my life gets out of control, my spending soon follows. There is a direct, proportional, undeniable link between the two (unfortunately!). We have had a stressful month... and we are about to have another one, mostly because...Read More

Calming The Chaos Of Motherhood (one list at a time)

A few years ago, my best friend asked if I would be willing to stay at her house for the weekend and babysit. She and her husband wanted to get away, and she knew I wanted some time to spoil her preschooler and baby girl rotten. (Incidentally, I am always the auntie or friend that spoils your children. At this point, I just own...Read More

How To Turn Around A Bad Day

It has been a tough few weeks around here. Like, really tough. Both of my children are off. The time change certainly didn't help, but the reality is that we were already a hot mess long before we lost that hour. My oldest has been having complications from his chronic illness. Mouth sores and rashes and things that are just generally not fun for...Read More