Last night I stayed up late watching A&E’s “Hoarders” with my mother-in-law. It was like watching someone else’s kid have a complete tantrum: You can’t look away though you know you should; your blood starts to percolate, you get a little sweaty and you want to strangle the little monster, but instead you just sit there and stare, unblinking, secretly congratulating … [Read more...] about The First Signs of Hoarding
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Ghosts and witches have had their day. When it comes to Halloween costumes for teenagers, humor or true gore are the favorites, especially when kids can put the costumes together quickly and inexpensively. Teenagers often like to head out for parties or trick-or-treating in groups, so they might like dressing identically or as an ensemble for a big impact. The Appliance … [Read more...] about Cheap, Easy-to-Make Halloween Costumes for Teens
This is the improbable story of Danisha Danielle Hoston, and I’m so pleased to have her in our MOMMIES DO THE MOST AMAZING THINGS series! I’m not what you’d call a betting woman, but even I understand odds. Take a girl raised by a single dad. That girl’s biological mom struggles with addiction and is in and out of her life. That … [Read more...] about What Are The Odds?
Tomorrow is my daughter’s 16th birthday. Her one request is to get a car and my response is always the same, “That is not going to happen." To her credit, she is a great child who works hard, excels in school, and takes part in sports and other activities. Other than the occasional rolling of the eyes when I speak to her and the inability to understand that the … [Read more...] about Turning 16: You Don’t Get a Car, Just a Lesson in Life’s Irony
I’m kind of depressed about the fact that I now use the term “crossover SUV” in conversation. I am a practical person = Practically Speaking. I also try, on those days when I don’t have a kid attached to my leg, to pretend that I could pass as a cool non-mom person - whatever that may be. I know, I really just need to get over myself and meld my two lives/personalities … [Read more...] about The Crossover SUV: One Step Removed From Minivan