Category: Life… With & Without Mojitos



I’m the first to admit that most days I’m hanging by a thread. I’m one toddler tantrum or big kid ultimatum away from LOSING MY EVER LOVING MIND. I practice mindful breathing to avoid strangling someone nearby and put myself in mommy timeouts (with or without wine, depending on the severity) to avoid doing irreversible damage to my children’s ears. It is a RARE moment when I feel invincible as a mom, but when that feeling creeps up, you better bet I’ll be letting someone know. Today, I’m letting the universe know… I’m screaming from the top of my proverbial...


Five Minute Friday:: Now

I have teamed up with a wonderful team of bloggers who participate in “Five Minute Friday.” Here’s the skinny: Every Friday for nearly four years hundreds of people joined a kind of writing flash mob. We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that is posted by the the team starting at 10pm EST on Thursday night and all through Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the hashtag #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party). No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real. Today’s word: Now. “Seize the moment,” they say… For the...


5 things you should stop doing for your kids IMMEDIATELY

Let me preface with my perspective. I am writing this as a mother of three children (ages 2, 4 and 7). I am also writing this as a teacher. I come to you with experience as a preschool teacher, as well as a language inclusion teacher who has worked in both kindergarten and third grade. Everything I write is applicable to ALL of these ages, and beyond. Don’t get defensive, hear me out. And when you’re ready, repeat the following sentences with me: #1: I will NOT carry my child’s backpack. Never. It is not my backpack. It is not...


Perspective on “The Worst Day Ever”

This morning I was frantically running around trying to get everyone ready to head to their places, battling a cold myself, and questioning how on earth I would have the energy to attend my first ECFE class of the session. Eh. I just wasn’t feeling it. In fact, I was feeling nothing but frustration for my first born with all of his quirks, nothing but annoyance for my second born who is as stubborn as her momma, nothing but HOLY TERRIBLE TWOS for my youngest, and nothing but anger for my traveling husband who was at work in NYC while...


The {hip} musical playlist of my one-year-old

Trust me when I say this playlist might be more hip than you would think. My one year-old can literally feel the music in her soul. It is physically impossible for a song to come on and for her to hold her little body still. She just loves music. As is the case with most one-year olds, what they say and mean is typically a well-coded hieroglyphic on the wall of a mommas heart. And my beautiful daughter is no exception. Although her speaking is pretty clear and accurate for her age, you may not know the meaning behind the...


Pinterest Fail – Newborn Baby Style

Oh, Pinterest, I love you. Your creative ideas provide inspiration and make me feel like anything is possible. Even when it’s not… The recipes you give me turn out different in my kitchen. The “potty-training in 2 seconds” approaches you give me simply do not work on my real life kids. The DIY home projects typically leave me calling in a professional because I’ve made the place-in-question-area worse than it originally started. Yet, like the dirty ex-boyfriend you are, I keep crawling back for “one more time.” So here we are again. This time, I searched within you for “Fall newborn photo shoots.”...


Oh winter, how I hate thou.

Alright Minnesotans, it’s official. The hip and cool “nip in the air” that reminds us of pumpkin spice latte and has us eying the newest fall boots just officially jumped to DAMN COLD. And nothing is poetic or exciting or hip about damn cold. My second grader is still fighting me over wanting to wear shorts to school each morning. Can you imagine going from “can you please just cover the bottom part of your legs” to “now it’s time to add a 15 pound fixture with a wool hood to your wardrobe“? As you can imagine, the transition wasn’t a smooth...

Throwback Thursday ~ The Tiny Terrorists Have Taken Over 0

Throwback Thursday ~ The Tiny Terrorists Have Taken Over

Since the original writing of this post, we have added two additional tinies to our crew. I remember all the feels I had while writing this originally, and I must say, NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED. Do you have someone in your brood that could be called a “tiny terrorist”?? Check out all the details of mine: Tiny Terrorists


Grandma Replacement

Those of you with grandparents nearby, you’ll surely understand this. It is an absolute blessing to have family close by to watch the kids when you have a quick errand, want to meet a friend for a drink or simply get a moment to yourself. Some of you have a warm and cozy upper generational family member here in the flesh, or human form. I, on the other hand, have a different kind of Grandma. The kind that comes in a multi-leveled infrastructure. The kind that employs thousands of people, offers several classes a day, houses a wonderful organic cafe AND...

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