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Do’s and Don’ts of Growing Tomatoes

Do's and Don'ts of Growing Tomatoes

Do's and Don'ts of Growing Tomatoes Don’t purchase seedlings that have flowers on them. You may think you are getting a head start, but really what the plants need to do first is establish their roots, not produce babies. Let them get settled in.   Do pinch those flowers off if you started your own plants and they are budding. Really, you’ll get more fruit in the long run.   Don’t over fertilize. It’s fine to give your plants some good healthy compost, but take it easy[...]

Have I Become a Helicopter Spouse?

Have I Become a Helicopter Spouse?

It’s 1:00 in the afternoon on a Sunday and I’m applying my makeup just after a shower when I hear my son’s telltale howl downstairs. Still in my towel and not keen on parading through our mostly curtainless house to make a bottle and haul my overtired baby back up the stairs to his room, I decide to wait it out for a few minutes. My husband is with him; he can take care of it. I blend blush into the[...]

A Letter to My Children About Fifty Shades of Grey

A Letter to My Children About Fifty Shades of Grey

My Precious Children, Tonight, I succumbed to peer pressure (exactly what I caution you NEVER to do) and went with a bunch of girlfriends to see Fifty Shades of Grey. I ignored the little voice in my head that implored me to just say “no!” because, after all, it’s just a silly movie, right? Well, I wish I had done as I always tell you to do and given that voice credit because it was right. The thing is, I’m also kind[...]

Having Sick Kids Would Be Fun If . . .

Having Sick Kids Would Be Fun If . . .

To give this post some context, I've spent a good part of this past week sitting on the couch with two babies on my lap, closely snuggled, a.k.a. sandwiched, by an additional three kids.  Of the five, four are sick with an influenza bug.  Over the course of each day my shirt has functioned a giant, glorified Kleenex, and every few minutes, when one of them coughs, I am showered with a warm, aerosol-like spray of germs.  Sound familiar? That being said,[...]

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