How to make it a “Netflix and bone-chilling” Halloween

How to make it a Netflix and bone-chilling Halloween.

So whether your version of “Netflix and bone-chilling”, includes a screening of “Super Monsters” with your wee ones or a marathon session of “Stranger Things”, Season 2, here’s what you’ll need for a spook-tacular TV night. Continue reading

Hug it out

Even on days when you're feeling done -- done with cooking, cleaning, kids, cooking, laundry -- stop and go for the hug.

They say you shouldn’t ever be the first to break a hug with your child. I get it. You’ve had a gong-show of a day and are literally counting down the minutes until bedtime. The kids have suddenly turned into little velcro love bugs at the exact moment you want… Continue reading

How to help your teenage daughter cope when period pain is more than “just PMS”

What to do when your child suffers from acute pain related to her menstrual cycle.

I am, by turns, good cop/bad cop: gently soothing tones tempered with firm reminders to breathe when she begins to get hysterical. This is no ordinary period pain.  Continue reading

5 Ways to Eliminate Birthday Stress and Party Like It’s 1987

Birthdays are a lot of work. So we've got 5 no-stress ways to party like it's 1987. #streamteam

Thirty years ago, there were no themes. A party was a party. Guests arrived, played games, ate cake, and…wait for it…watched while we opened our gifts. Here’s how to get rid of that birthday stress bring back some of that old-school party charm. Continue reading

The Homework Hustle Playlist for Those Times When You Can’t Even

The new form of parental torture is homework, in case you missed the memo. But, parents, I’ve got your back. I’ve created my own personal Homework Hustle Playlist for those nights when you just give zero f**ks about whether the homework gets done or even if there is any homework at all. Continue reading

Parenting Wine Pairing: Cabernet Franc’ly I Don’t Give a Damn

Parenting-wine quote stating "I'm just a mom, sitting in front of her wine, fighting the urge to chug it." on a wine-stained background.

So, now I’m sitting here, nursing a glass of wine, aptly named Sibling Rivalry, in light of this evening’s shenanigans. And I thought, wouldn’t it be brilliant to have wine pairings that match the end-of-the-day mood? Continue reading

This one is for the dads {Father’s Day Giveaway–Winner Announced}

Show Dad some love and enter to win this awesome Father's Day prize pack from ericablogs.com! @ericablogs

It is remarkable to witness how my husband’s joy of cooking has extended to our children. They appreciate really good food, as evidenced by their requests for lobster and filet mignon for their birthday dinners. (Apologies to future boyfriends and girlfriends.) Continue reading

If I had the mother I lost long ago

When celebrations like Mother's Day collide with the loss of a loved one, sometimes reflection is good for the soul. Happy Mother's Day. http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

If I had the mother I lost long ago If I had the mother I lost long ago for whom my heart aches every day, would I still be the mother I myself am had she been here to show me the way? If I had the power to change… Continue reading