Five friends every mom needs

When I was less than four feet tall, I collected stickers and dolls that I would line up on a bookshelf and kiss every night–the dolls, not the stickers. Now that I am an impressive 5’ 4”, I collect friends that come to sit at my kitchen table.  In the last seventeen years while living in […]

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Skiing vs. Marriage

My husband’s dream ever since we started popping out babies was to have our entire family on the slopes. “A family that skis together stays together” was his burning mantra. Up until this year I had ample excuses to send him and our oldest up the hill together for some father-daughter bonding time: “I can’t […]

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Trailer parks and tears

For much of my adolescent years I resided in a trailer park with a “Dallas” theme—the soap opera, not the state. We lived on J.R. Drive and the streets surrounding ours were: Knot’s Landing, Ewing Drive and Cattleman’s Circle. The south embraces themes, y’all. Seriously though, I would give anything to have been at the […]

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Cleaning house

One of the biggest complaints I hear from parents (right after sleep deprivation) is “How do you clean a house when tornadic children are constantly undoing all your work?” I confess that even now with our youngest being eight, at times our house looks like a frat. party just exploded and had a baby. I […]

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Lessons from Forty

This past year, I turned an age that rhymes with “borty” and I am not ashamed. At all. Some women (and men) struggle with revealing or looking their age and I want wear a t-shirt that shouts: “I earned it, man! See this somewhat squishy belly? It grew four children! See these malleable arms? They […]

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Time Machines and Kanye

Time travel is a popular theme in books, movies and television. The plot is frequently this: the protagonist realizes there’s a key problem that needs to be resolved and if they’d only known____ or did____ in the past, it all could have been avoided! Lincoln and Kennedy would be alive a bit longer, the Challenger […]

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Dead Celebrities vs. NBP (Normal Boring People)

I watched American Idol years ago and thought, “Why did God give so many people the same gift—it seems a bit unfair” and I suppose it would if you thought life was just one big mad scramble to the top of the heap. So if someone wants to produce Idol meets Survivor—that’d be some great […]

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Or in other words, check out my ankles

Happy New Year to all you folks who plan on losing fifty pounds, eating salad three times a day and eschewing soda! How’s all that going a few weeks in? Are you exhilarated? Defeated? Or just hanging on to your old bad habits and parading them around because what’s the point? We have all been […]

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Grandparents Are Grand

Since moving away from North Carolina when our oldest child was an infant, we have lived in Oklahoma for five-ish years, Iowa for two and have fallen in love with Montana for the last almost seven years. I feel old. And though we have met many amazing friends that are like family, we occasionally realize […]

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Christmas Giveaway!

Probably like many of you, we have a tradition of giving our kids Christmas books each year. As a special thank you to all the TPIL fans out there, I am sharing some of our favorite books for all ages: from board books for your wee ones to teen chapter books. Many have been bought […]

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