There is one phrase my kids utter that keeps me up at night. I agonize over it, get sweaty thinking about it, and fill my google search history with questions about it. It fills me with dread and always comes up when I least expect it. “Mama, is Santa real?” Santa attitudes and practices vary… Read More Christmas without the Big Guy
As the holidays approach, it’s a great time to think about how to maintain your mental health, particularly as a working mom. The holidays are fun for some, fraught for others, and may bring up many emotions and stressors. There is lots of pressure for the holidays to be a joyous time (particularly for parents)… Read More Mental Health Tips for the Holidays
Today I was visited by the Ghost of Christmas Recently Past,* who whisked me back to my childfree days to show me what I’ve learned since becoming a mom of kids who are old enough to get excited about the holiday season… Read More Three Things I’ve Learned About Christmas Since Having Children
Last night I almost cried while sitting on the couch watching my amazing 5-year-old play with her toys. I’ve been really emotional the past week or so, which I think is in part due to not feeling well but also in part because of some unexpected feelings about the upcoming holiday. I’ve been officially divorced… Read More My First Christmas Alone
I realize this will sound flippant, but people who wrap up all their Christmas planning weeks before December 25 really must not have a whole lot of stress in their lives. Christmas is a disruption in my life. It just adds chaos to my already chaotic existence. I walk around dreading it, and at… Read More The Most Stressful Time of the Year!
I love this time of year. From the lights and decorations to snuggling up by a warm fireplace with hot coco (with OR without a little extra kick) – it’s a nice time of year. While I’m not a huge fan of snow, I enjoy the peace, quiet and beauty of a nice snowfall. Even… Read More I. Can. Do. This.
I am WRECKED. I wish I meant that in the sense of having been out drinking and being fabulous, but in reality, I’m a mom who has recently survived a major holiday with two kids. The crazy thing is that we basically had a really lovely time! There were ten of us at my brother’s… Read More Thanksgiving with kids is brutal
Running is a big part of my life, and one factor that makes it so integral is the family of runners that surround me. I grew up spending Thanksgiving morning in the Manchester Road Race. The first year included my mom, dad, sister, uncle, and grandma. Some of us ran, some walked, and some ran-walked the… Read More Will Run for Pie: Our Family’s Manchester Road Race Tradition
Some of my best memories as a kid have nothing to do with expensive presents or fancy trips. Not to say that those things aren’t awesome, but the moments that my brain holds on to are silly, sweet bits of childhood. That said, Christmas is a hotbed of nostalgia. We tend to not go bananas… Read More Light ‘Em Up!
My daughter has been learning about rocks and minerals in her preschool class which got me thinking about the rocks I’ve had saved for quite some time now. Some were rocks from our yard, some we picked up while on vacation, and others actually came in a bag at my local dollar store. These treasures had been collecting… Read More Craft Projects that Rock