Summer Safety Checklist

With summer in full swing, it’s time for families to head for the hills, the beach, the mountains, and the great outdoors. With those treks come some real risks, as evidenced by recent news reports of a toddler perishing from a tick-borne illness, and another a victim of dry drowning and another with second degree burns […]

Thoughts From a Middle-Aged Mom

“You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going.” ― P.J. O’Rourke It’s been 9 ½ years since I became a mother. This year I turn 40, and it just so happens that the kiddos are in New York with their […]

Summer Activities to Beat the Heat

Summer is in full force. The weather is hot and humid and your toddler seems to need constant attention and entertainment. We live in a small town in Texas and the community of people are so sweet. I love how the town comes together with a band at the town’s center stage on Saturday nights, […]

Summer Food Safety Tips

Picnic and barbecue seasons are in full swing, offering families and friends opportunities for outdoor fun and some delicious meals. But, with the CDC (Center for Disease) estimating that 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3000 die each year in the US from food-borne illness, it’s especially important this summer to make […]

Graduating from Everything

Summer is upon us so let the fun begin. But before the summer break begins we’ve all been super swamped with “End of the Year” school parties. I have never seen more jumpy houses and hotdogs in my life. My daughter goes to two daycares since mom and dad both work from home. While having […]

The Struggle to Stay Focused

I was that kid in grade school getting my name written up and getting in trouble for talking to my neighbor. I was that kid who meant well (or so I thought) but kept getting side tracked. And now history is repeating itself with my daughter. Time and time again her teachers praise her abilities, […]

A Lesson in Kindness

Every time my kids snap at each other, I flinch. When I’m met with some sass, or they fling a retort back my way with expert ease, I realize that they learned that behavior from someone, more specifically, me. There is no better mirror than your own children.  And I’ll be the first to admit […]

How I Sneak Veggies Into Everything

  I have a confession to make: I’m a sneak. I’m a liar. I lie and cheat to my children, through food. That’s right. I confess. You’ve caught me red-handed. I have been sneaking spinach and avocado in my son’s banana smoothies for years. Whatever extra protein I can find, whether it’s powdered or in […]

Cheatsheet to Spring Allergies

It’s warming up on the West Coast (and soon for the rest of you), and lots of us are ITCHY and SNEEZY with pollen counts at an all-time high, winds blowing, and outdoor activities again dominating our lives. So, if you or your kids have seasonal allergies, here’s some advice on how to stay comfortable […]

Memorial Day & the Military Child

I’d be remiss if I didn’t address the last holiday of the month: Memorial Day. As a mother and a member of the Armed Forces, I know more than anyone the struggles of raising a child while serving on active duty. The military child is a complicated thing: they move around constantly and rarely get […]