An Open Letter to 1D’s Zayn Malik from a Mom

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Dear Zayn, Normally when I have to talk with kids about a beloved pop star leaving the public eye, it’s because they’re dead. That seems to be the way it goes nowadays. A crazy rise to stardom, a seemingly never-ending series of stunts and stories to make them bigger, better, badder, crazier, more slutty, more sassy, more careless… an exhausting life led for all the world to see and mock that inevitably only ends because they die or can no longer keep up with the next big thing. As we parents watch this exhausting and terrifying cycle, we struggle to Read More …

12 Facebook Friend Requests We Love to Hate

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Finding out someone wants to be your friend used to be a cause for celebration. Used to be. Thanks to Facebook, now we’re all inundated with requests from people that we love to hate. Don’t believe me? Check out my list below, and for god’s sake, if you recognise yourself in any of these, please stop, m’kay? “1 Friend in Common” – I have a hard enough time making conversation with someone I went to summer camp with twenty years ago. I don’t want to connect with you because she’s your granddaughter.  It’s about quality, not quantity, people. Sending friend requests Read More …

Ten Things Your FitBit Wants To Tell You

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In our twenties, when our fat pants got tight we’d just walk around the block a couple of times and not eat bread for a week. Not so nowadays. One of the great indignities of middle age is realizing that you are no longer capable of managing your weight without supervision. It doesn’t matter what we do, if we aren’t logging it in some little Big Brother-esque electronic device, it won’t work. That’s why everyone I know now has a FitBit. We’re tracking steps and calories, deep cleansing breaths, pee runs, moon phases and menstrual cycles, all in the hopes Read More …

Seven Things My Children Taught Me About Love

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People always say that they never knew what love was until they had children. Before having kids of my own, I assumed that this phrase referenced the amazing, unconditional love a mother has for her progeny, a bottomless supply required to overcome challenges such as poop smeared walls and 24+ hours of labor. Now that I do have children, I realize that I was completely wrong. Of course I’ve discovered my own well of blind love that bubbles over when I see my babies. But truth be told, it isn’t that different from the feelings required to stay married to Read More …

How To Stay Married Despite Being Married

One size fits all marital advice

Internet marriage advice is the best because it doesn’t get bogged down into the specifics of he said/she said, he did/she did. If you’re married, then it’s meant for you! How easy is that?!?! And since everyone knows that everything on the internet is totally true, you can rest assured that you are getting the absolute best advice that money can’t buy! There are so, so, so many marital advice columns out there, I know it can be hard to keep up. In case you missed one, I’ve curated a list of the best pieces of marriage advice I’ve found Read More …

One Time in Paris…

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High up on the hill of Montmartre, just shy of the spotlights around the Sacre Coeur, is a tiny little fondue restaurant. The fare is cheap but plentiful, the seating consists of two long rows of picnic tables and the wine is served in baby bottles. It is a Parisian hole in the wall, a touristy spot that calls to the youth, but not one you’ll find listed in any guidebook. The first time I saw Montmartre was 1995. I was a fresh-faced 17 year old on my first trip abroad. I spent two weeks at the home of Cecile, Read More …

More Cute Kid Videos

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A while back I told all of you about the awesome OneDay video app for iOS and I shared the super cute video I made with my kids. Awww…. Yesterday I got some great news that the OneDay video app is now also available for Android devices. Woohoo! If you’ve not yet downloaded this simple, user-friendly FREE app for making super cute videos, go and do it right now. It’s FREE! IOS iTunes via the One Day website ANDROID Google Play Store

The Burnout Generation

Are we the burnout generation?

This morning I stayed in bed for an extra five minutes and watched a video called “Kiddies vs Kitties”. Not unsurprisingly, I subsequently arrived in the office five minutes late. Now I could have started my workday off apologizing to my team for my tardiness. I could have pulled out a kid-related excuse or blamed it on traffic. That is what I would normally do. But today I did something different. I didn’t offer any explanation whatsoever. I just waltzed in, relaxed and still amused by my entertaining start, sat down and got to work. There is an amazing euphoria Read More …

Trampstamps, Coinslots and Other Things to Tuck Away

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(Pretty sure that’s Chinese for “pull your pants up, you’re not 20 anymore”) Like many women of my generation, I have a trampstamp and a coinslot. My trampstamp is a floral design I got tattooed in my 20’s. My coinslot, in case you aren’t familiar with the term, is the top two inches of my buttcrack that get revealed anytime I squat down in low-rider pants. I suspect if we were all honest with one another, we’d agree that these are things that shouldn’t be exhibited in public with any frequency, despite what 7 Jeans want us to believe. Doubly Read More …

How to Survive the Holidays with Your In-laws

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Ahh, the holidays. The time of the year when we all pay a fortune to spend time with people we don’t like that much….our families. Between shared bedrooms, bathroom lines and the sugar high crashes, it is practically impossible to escape the holidays with your sanity intact. But don’t worry, when you find yourself contemplating stabbing Grandpa Bill with your salad fork, you can turn to this handy guide for some quick tips to get you through. Prepare yourself for the inevitable close encounters of the in-law kind. At some point your father-in-law will walk in on you in the bathroom, Read More …

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