Tonight I cried in front of my kids.

There are days that are more emotionally taxing than others. We've all been in an emotionally vulnerable frame of mind that leaves us exhausted. For me, today was one of those days. Emotional vulnerability is not something I am comfortable with. I prefer to keep my emotions tight-lipped. Honestly, I'd rather have a colonoscopy than … Continue reading Tonight I cried in front of my kids.

Honest Mothering: Sometimes it’s ok to suck.

I constantly see articles about "hacks" for moms. These are bullshit. No mom needs to spend their time making "lunchable style sushi" or any other form of trying to cater to their little snowflake at the expense of their personal well-being. Honestly how is adding more time sucking activities to the day at all helpful? … Continue reading Honest Mothering: Sometimes it’s ok to suck.

Taking a stand: Screw pumpkin spice.

Autumn is right around the corner. We are all eagerly awaiting bonfires, crisp air, falling leaves, and flannel shirts. But there is a significant dividing factor that pops up during this season. No, not election season, its pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice might be the most polarizing flavor of all time. You either love it or … Continue reading Taking a stand: Screw pumpkin spice.

Why forgetting your phone is not the end of the world: Advocating for a digital diet.

I had the diapers, wipes, bottle, sippy cups, snacks, extra clothes, bandages, bug spray, kitchen sink, pacifiers, blanket, back-up blanket, and the stroller. I counted a couple times and I for sure had all the kids. I even went the extra mile and remembered the husband. My little family was totally prepared to take on … Continue reading Why forgetting your phone is not the end of the world: Advocating for a digital diet.

Why camping is not a vacation when you’re the mom.

Camping sounds great in theory. The great outdoors, fresh air, family bonding time, yada yada yada. But let's stop trying to fool ourselves that camping qualifies as any form of a vacation, especially when you're the mom. When you're the mom in the camping equation you find that your responsibilities, stressors, and general annoyances are … Continue reading Why camping is not a vacation when you’re the mom.

Let the Battle Begin: Back to School Shopping.

Parents around the country are preparing for battle. Lists are printed, sales are researched, and coupons are gathered. Back to school shopping has returned and with it copious amounts of stress. Take up your shields, coupon apps, fuel up and charge on. The Needs It's no secret that American education is underfunded. Teachers across the … Continue reading Let the Battle Begin: Back to School Shopping.

A little gardening saved me.

It was a soft Sunday afternoon when my 3 year old was napping and the Wisconsin summer sun seemed extra warm. Not harsh, just warm. There was a breeze that was so perfect. It was the breeze you only ever read about in a book, never really experiencing (or remembering) the perfection of what the … Continue reading A little gardening saved me.

If you are going to take a “No Makeup Selfie” take off your damn makeup.

Another round of no makeup selfies has begun. Women of social media have been posting photos with the tag #nomakeup in droves. The posts garner plenty of attention and seem to fulfill one need or another. There is always an excuse as to why it is vitally important for these selfies to be shared. Awareness, … Continue reading If you are going to take a “No Makeup Selfie” take off your damn makeup.

When Your Kids Act as a Cautionary Tale of the Importance of Birth Control.

C1 (5-year old boy) and C2 (3-year old girl) had been picking at each other all day.  The amount of tattling, screaming, and general asshole behavior was getting at my last nerve.  This irritating behavior had escalated to a full-blown game of "bitch, slap, whine, repeat".  I was exhausted. I had the brilliant (you know if I describe myself … Continue reading When Your Kids Act as a Cautionary Tale of the Importance of Birth Control.