What To Do If (And When) The Tooth Fairy Forgets Your House

What To Do If (And When) The Tooth Fairy Forgets Your House

We blew it.  La Grande lost a tooth this weekend and we blew our tooth fairy duty.  We totally forgot to do the one thing that makes losing a tooth less traumatic.  We’ve weaved a complicated and  magical web of lies and one slip up, no matter how slight, can bring her childhood and trust in us crumbling to the ground.  First it’s the tooth fairy and then it’s Santa, the Easter Bunny…what have we done!!!

Luckily, I’m good at lying to my kids…oh wait…uh, that did not come out right.  Let’s just get to the story.

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Life Insurance and the Stay At Home Spouse

Life Insurance and the Stay At Home Spouse

A couple of years ago, I realized that I am not allowed to die.  Seriously.  Heaven forbid (not that I’m presuming I’ve earned my place beyond the pearly whites yet), something were to happen to me, I don’t think my spouse would be able to go on.  Not in the completely inconsolable way (which he would be, I mean, I’m worth missing), but in the “where do the forks go” sense of going on.  We’ve been married 8 years, and to this day, this preeminent military professional doesn’t know where we keep the toilet paper.

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Potty Training Day 2: Unleash the M&Ms!

Potty Training Day 2: Unleash the M&Ms!

Potty training day one was, well, a wash.  Literally.  I scrubbed the carpet four times, La Rubia went through 5 outfits and 5 pairs of underwear, we lost one pair of bedsheets, and Homeskillet’s resolve was starting to waiver.  After missing potty-palooza 2008, due to a deployment, he had no idea what he was facing.  The disappointment, the patience, the frustration, the boredom, all the pee-pee…he was caught a bit off guard.

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Potty Training: The Show Down

Potty Training: The Show Down

Today is the day that we chose to start La Rubia with potty training.  Honestly, I haven’t seen any signs from the heavens that she’s ready…we get the occasional disappearing pooper and the announcements of “I pee pee,” I poop,” and “I stink…gross,” but nothing truly concrete.

From day 1 La Rubia has been a different little cookie.  Totally different than La Grande.  La Grande is quiet, compliant, and independent.  La Rubia is loud, defiant, and a cuddler.  I love each of them for their difference.  I love the “rule regulator” I have in La Grande and the “woo girl” I have in La Rubia.

Our parenting style has been mostly consistent, particularly when it comes to routine and acceptable behavior, but our approaches to yield the results we desire are like night and day. I expect that potty training won’t be any different.

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Keep Your Hands Off Your Child’s Homework

Keep Your Hands Off Your Child’s Homework

A friend of mine just posted on Facebook about feeling like a “mean mom” because she’s taking a hands off approach to her child’s school assignment requiring him to make a Valentine’s mailbox.  I immediately responded to her, 100% supporting her decision to not over-help her child with the project.  And then I realized that maybe it is time for a PSA about overly zealous parents.

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NextGen MilSpouse: Working for Me Full Time

NextGen MilSpouse: Working for Me Full Time

Oh boy.  I did it.  I’m resigning from my steady, predictable part-time job and jumping full force into my latest project, NextGen MilSpouse.  For those of you who totally missed my shameless plugs for our January 2013 launch, NextGen MilSpouse is an online magazine geared towards empowering and connecting our diverse military spouse community that puts a fresh spin on what it means to be a military spouse today.  The tagline is, perhaps, one of the coolest, if not THE coolest things that has ever hatched out of my brain: Because the last thing you are is dependent.

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A Culture Of Violence

I am seeing it everywhere….so many of my friends don’t feel safe after the events at Sandy Hook Elementary.  And right now, half-baked, reactionary measures that always emerge after a tragedy are cropping up, like “let’s arm teachers” or “let’s outlaw firearms”…because we all know that when tragedy strikes…the pendulum begins to swing.  We start trying to cling to whatever illusion of safety we believe we can create.

The recent unspeakable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School shook me to my core.  As a mom, my heart immediately cried out for my own school-aged daughter.  I couldn’t wait to scoop her up from school and smother her in hugs and kisses.  And when Monday came, and it was time to return to school, somehow, I sent her off to school with hugs, and kisses, and a reminder to be safe…as I always do.  But I didn’t send her off in new-found fear. [Read more...]

Hug Your Children Tight

How many presents were bought?  Gift wrapped tight.  Stacked under the tree.  How many children counting down the days until the start of their Christmas vacation?  How many roadtrips planned to Grandma and Grandpa’s house…that came to a screeching halt?

I can’t imagine…only I can.  I can imagine this event because it freaking keeps happening!  Over and over and over again.  How?  Why?  What goes through that person’s mind?

Children…children for God’s sake.  And always a suicide.  Why?!

So many whys…I can’t even bring myself to point a finger.  Is it guns?  Is humanity really depraved?  Are we missing the boat on the importance of therapy?  Who the hell can I point the finger at so we can get to the bottom of this?

I’m so sad.  So sad.  And disappointed.  I hate when something happens that makes me doubt my faith in humanity.  And I hate when something like this happens and then we all pour out our hearts and my faith in humanity is restored…but then we start to forget…and we get lost in the immaterial…and it happens again and again and again.

Just pray…to whomever, whatever you choose.  Pray for those families affected by tragedy in CT.  Pray for that community.  Pray for those children.

And hug your children tight.

Norwegian Cruise Lines: Silver Linings

Norwegian Cruise Lines: Silver Linings

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I’ve been a little bit of a debbie downer when it comes to our cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines.  I might not have been impressed with cracker-jack customer service or the lack of a party atmosphere, but there were 3 amazing, outstanding instances of sheer awesomeness where Norwegian more than delivered: 1) Youth Programming, 2) Justin Short, and 3) The Happy-Happy-Washy-Washy Woman. [Read more...]

How The Military Changed How We Celebrate Christmas

How The Military Changed How We Celebrate Christmas

This is not one of those posts where I lament the challenges of being a military family or where I shake an angry fist at Uncle Sam for keeping me a bazillion miles away from my family at Christmas, no siree.  This post is all about how our military travels have opened us up to new and exciting Christmas traditions from around the world.

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Norwegian Cruise Lines: Short On Fun And Slow On Service (part 3 of 4)

Norwegian Cruise Lines: Short On Fun And Slow On Service (part 3 of 4)

Part 1: Itinerary ♦  Part 2: Service ♦  Part 3: Entertainment ♦ Part 4: Silver Linings

When you spend a big chunk of change on a vacation, you expect it to be an amazing, stellar, knock your socks off, drag you from the ship kind of time.  We had fun on our cruise, but not the kind of fun I was hoping to have, based on our previous cruise experiences.

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Norwegian Cruise Lines Review: The Itinerary

Norwegian Cruise Lines Review: The Itinerary

Part 1: Itinerary ♦  Part 2: Service ♦  Part 3: Entertainment ♦ Part 4: Silver Linings

As you all know, we opted to skip Thanksgiving and head out on a Western Caribbean 7-day cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines. Here’s my unadulterated review of our experience with Norwegian Cruise Lines.  I’m breaking this review into parts to  make it easy on the eyes and easy on the writer.  Part 1: Itinerary, Part 2: Customer Service, Part 3: Entertainment, Part 4: Glimmers of Excellence.

Remember, this was a fully self funded trip.  I received absolutely no perks or compensation from Norwegian…so hold on to your seats…
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Death To Superwoman

Death To Superwoman

Okay, I’m not superwoman, and I’m sure that it sounds a bit egotistical that I would presume to be “super”, granted I’m enjoying my coffee out of a cup that proclaims the drinker to be “super mum”, so perhaps I’m a little full of myself. I can own that. I think I freakin’ rock. And I think I rock because I’ve decided to pull an Edward Norton-esque move vis-a-vis Fight Club and kill my alter ego. I’m done trying/striving/failing to be superwoman. I am rejecting the do-it-all, have-it-all mentality because it is a myth and an exercise in self destruction. [Read more...]

Snacking Just Got ‘Way Better’ + Giveaway!

Snacking Just Got ‘Way Better’ + Giveaway!

As a mom and a decently healthy eater, I am constantly on the hunt for tasty and healthful snack options.  From our many exchanges on Facebook and Twitter, I know you are too!  Sometimes it’s really challenging to find a snack that hits all the trifecta of awesomeness: healthy, tasty to adults, and, most importantly, tasty to kids!  My new healthy snack fave? Way Better Snacks sprouted ingredient chips.  Oh, and you can win some by entering the giveaway at the end of the post!

Way Better Snacks goes above and beyond the awesome-snack trifecta.  Their sprouted ingredient chips are more than delicious, they’re gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and kosher!  You can’t beat that with a stick!  Well, you could and then you’d have crumbs and you’d be so sad. [Read more...]

Giveaway! I’m A TimeDog Champion!


I am a Time Dog Champion, my friends!  (Don’t lie.  You know you have Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’ looping in your head right now.  You’re welcome.)  But in all seriousness, I am very excited to share my new status as a #TDChamp (via Twitter) with you.

You’re probably asking yourself, time-what?  Time? Dog?  What is that?  Is that like Time, Dawg?  Like I got time, Dawg?

Well, kind of.  It’s kind of like that.  I do have more time to do amazing things with my day because I have time, Dawg, thanks to Time Dog.  Time Dog is a daily personal virtual assistant service made to help busy women save time and money.
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