Keep Your Sanity while Working at Home with Kids

home office and dining room

When I started working from home when it was out of necessity. Money was tight and I was pregnant. Our son was starting part-time pre-school and we needed the funds to pay for it. Getting a job out of the home, aside from nights and weekends, was not an option, as we had one car {… Continue Reading …}

Christmas Tree Magic

cutting down the Chrismas tree

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of getting a Christmas tree. The funny thing is even thought I am approximately eight and twelve years older than my sisters, I don’t really remember getting a tree before they were born. Kids make Christmas fun! We always cut our own trees. There was ALWAYS snow, so {… Continue Reading …}

Guest Post at Four Hens and a Rooster

Hey ya’ll! In case you missed it, I guest posted at Four Hens and a Rooster yesterday. I took this amazing opportunity to write about my move from Upstate NY to Eastern NC when I was 17. It’s a tear jerker, so don’t miss it! Also, there are a lot of amazing guest posters in {… Continue Reading …}

Blow the Stress Bubble Away and Just Be Thankful

thankful for my children from the laine list

It’s no secret that I live in a bubble of stress. Much of it is self-imposed, I can admit. This little bubble of what-if, prep for the next step, and be prepared is hard to shake. Hard to blow away. And the last couple of weeks have not been easy. Work is busy, yet I’m {… Continue Reading …}

The One Where I Spill My Guts About My Son’s Behavior

I’m going to be honest with you guys. I’m really tired of my son. The level of disrespect and general level of unhappiness is becoming so distressing that I’m barely functioning as his mother. I don’t want to be around him. I don’t want to do anything for him. I’ve given this so much thought {… Continue Reading …}

Election Day Traditions

I voted sticker

Do you have any election day traditions? Depending on what area of the country you live in, there may be different community gatherings to celebrate such an exciting day. Perhaps you go to a pancake breakfast. Maybe you go to a spaghetti dinner. President Obama plays basketball in Chicago. Candidate Romney…well, I don’t know, he {… Continue Reading …}

If You Could Live Anywhere…

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Yesterday’s NaBloPoMo prompt was “If you could live anywhere, where would it be?” This is something I have given a lot of thought to lately. Honestly, I’m very unhappy where I am. I try to make the most of my circumstances and find something to be grateful for every day. But our house needs work, {… Continue Reading …}

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter

Fall Instagram/PicMonkey Images from The Laine List

Even though we technically still have several more weeks of autumn, Halloween and the end of October mark the end of autumn, and the beginning of winter for me. Maybe it’s because here in the Northeast snow can come as early as Halloween night. We did not get that snow this year, but we did {… Continue Reading …}

Finally Fall

Fall colors on a tree

Crispy, crackling leaves falling. Raking, jumping, laughing, running. Woodstoves, crock pots, steaming hot ovens. Squash, roasts, homemade bread. Cider, hot cocoa, and toddies abound. Apples, doughnuts, pumpkin pie. Vibrant colors, pitch black nights. Sweaters, socks, footie jammies. Love and comfort settling in.

Top Five This Week: Mom Fail, Back To School, Organizing, Pinterest, and Sh*t My Kid Says

Mom Fail So, this one time, I was a hot mess and thought school started a day before it actually did. I got Ben all excited for school (he’s not a huge fan), we had the night before jitters, and the next day I realized it was not, in fact, the first day of school. {… Continue Reading …}