My secret for sanity: I shut out the white noise
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My secret for sanity: I shut out the white noise

My friend calls attention to the fact that I'm listening to my yoga music, a miscellaneous mix of chakra sound therapy, and asks if we can change it to the radio.

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Why the dog might be my favorite baby today
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Why the dog might be my favorite baby today

I'm sitting in the my driveway, enjoying the seat warmers in my van. I take a sip of my coffee and peer through the back window of my house. I have a visual on the child who can't sit while finishing up some homework. I'm not going back in.

Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and there goes the week
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Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and there goes the week

It's Ash Wednesday, where I will pray that the pancakes I ate at a church dinner on Fat Tuesday (I gave up gluten for Lent) don't come back to haunt me as I sit through the midday service.

I'm suffering from snow day PTSD
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I'm suffering from snow day PTSD

"Is it a snow day today?" one of the kids asks eagerly. "No. It's supposed to be 40 degrees today, it hasn't snowed and there is no ice. Yes, there's school," I respond in an annoyed tone. The child huffs and stomps off to get ready, I hope.

The elves didn't make it back to the North Pole
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The elves didn't make it back to the North Pole

The kids went up to the attic looking for something. I sent them up there for something to do with Valentine's Day. I can't remember now, but I didn't even think they might get into the Christmas side of things.

Valentine's Day thoughts from a Grinch
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Valentine's Day thoughts from a Grinch

Maybe it's because I don't really love receiving flowers. Maybe it's because gestures of love make me uncomfortable. Whatever the reason, I am the Valentine Grinch.

Why you want to say yes and no to Marie Kondo
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Why you want to say yes and no to Marie Kondo

If you haven't seen organizer Marie Kondo's show on Netflix, showing us how to purge our joyless earthly possessions and fold stuff properly, you must be living under a rock. Hurry, go look it up and watch an episode. I'll wait.

Here's a realistic resolution: Toss old socks
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Here's a realistic resolution: Toss old socks

Well, we are through the longest January I can remember, and a thought just crossed my mind: I don't think I made any resolutions for the year. I'm not really bothered, but I'm trying to think of what I can give up or add.

Do you want to build a snowman?
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Do you want to build a snowman?

I see more snow in the forecast, and unlike so many, I'm excited. I guess it's the kid inside of me that cheers for a snow day.

12 is the new 2
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12 is the new 2

I'm a victim of a hate crime. My 12-year-old just shot me a look from across the room that could kill someone, and I'd like to report it.

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