Summer 2014 Bucket List

Summer 2014 Bucket List by Elaine Griffin from The Laine List

The days are hot. The nights are warm. We’ve already swam in ponds, and roasted things over fires. Summer break has finally arrived. We are all more than a little ready for summer. We are tired of the grind, yo. I’ve managed to squirrel enough cash to cut back on my work hours, and we {… Continue Reading …}

Our Trip to the National Museum of Play

museum of play

Last week the kids and I played hookie we took a field trip to Rochester to visit a friend and go to the National Museum of Play. That place is seriously awesome. I can’t even put into words all they have to offer, so I will let them do the talking. You’re never too big {… 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 …}

Guest Post at The Wordslinger: Musings of a Six-Year Old

Hey ya’ll! I’m happy to announce I am guest posting for my fellow blogger Jim at The Wordslinger today. Please go check out my post, “Musings of a Six-Year-Old” and don’t forget to check out Jim’s blog. I know you will find him as funny as I do! Plus, his wife just had their THIRD {… Continue Reading …}

Eight Hopes and Dreams for Two Kids

beautiful-babies-by-elaine-griffin-designs

It occurred to me around Mother’s Day that I have never really sat down and thought about my hopes and dreams for my kids. Of course, I want the obvious things that we all want for our kids – health, happiness, etc, but I’ve never participated in any deeper reflection, because, frankly, in general, it’s {… Continue Reading …}

My Kids Love Me, So it’s All Worth It

My kids have been driving me absolutely nuts these last couple of weeks. What’s new, right? I don’t know what it is. Post-holiday wishing for more? OMG we have cabin fever, where the hell is the snow it’s February in Upstate New York, and all we have to play in is mud? We are just {… Continue Reading …}

Taxidermy, pink hearts, nose warmers, gator-feet, vampire slaying, and the zombie apocalypse on Etsy

Halloween Zombies by Elaine Griffin Designs

As I start writing this, I’ve been up since 11:30 pm because of the baby. It’s 3:00 am and she has more energy than I don’t even know what right now. What.the.hell. We’ve watched Dora. Lots and lots of Dora. If that isn’t enough to make anyone madd under normal circumstances, I don’t know what {… Continue Reading …}

The Versatile Blogger Award, a crazy day, and why are 5 year-olds so rude?

Versatile Blogger Award

Yo, yo, YO! I’m happy to announce I was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award! I’m stoked to be honored with this, and I would love to thank my friend and fellow blogger MJ Monaghan for bestowing this upon me. I am going to check out the other awardees soon, as well as fulfill the blogging {… Continue Reading …}

My passion project: Reclaiming my power so I can be here for everyone else

passion and success quote from Walter Cronkite by Elaine Griffin Designs

The NaBloPoMo prompt for today is: Are you pursuing a passion project? It is funny that this prompt comes today. Since last week I have been mulling over a blog post about how women set personal and professional goals and prioritize life so they can be better to themselves, their children, spouses, and what have {… Continue Reading …}

Epic mommy fail

Here’s the setup We are a one car family. Which is great for the environment and our perpetually empty bank account, but it kind of, okay, really sucks. But we make do. My husband car pools to work a couple days a week and I make arrangements to have all the doctor appointments, errands, etc. {… Continue Reading …}