Tattooed Moms Are Better Moms Than You Think

Tattooed moms – in today’s day and age where 1 in 5 adults have a tattoo, it’s surprising to me that there’s still a lot of stigma about the relationship between parenting and a lil’ skin ink. As a tattooed mom myself, I’d like to go ahead and set the record straight on this. 12 Reasons Tattooed Women Make Awesome Moms #1 – We recognize the importance of self expression I think all parents want their kids to feel comfortable {Read More}

One of “those” moms

It dawned on me this morning that I’m entering new territory – I’m becoming one of “those” moms. As I dropped Levi off for preschool today, we both greeted the other moms and kids. I felt proud that even though this is the beginning of week 3 going there, I’m already learning everyone’s names. And I realized… I’m becoming one of “those” moms. “Those” moms are moms I was always jealous of, because I thought I couldn’t be one. Before {Read More}

5 Parenting Podcasts Worth Listening To #VZWbuzz

I’ve been on a major podcast kick ever since I discovered the awesomeness of Bluetooth headphones earlier this summer. My latest endeavor has been to discover the best parenting podcasts to listen to on my phone* while I’m on the go. 5 Parenting Podcasts Worth Listening To PediaCast – PediaCast is a pediatric podcast for parents. Dr. Mike interviews parents and pediatric experts to tackle different issues related to kids health. I’ve found it to be a great resource for health information for kids {Read More}

Sometimes THINGS are exactly what we need

People often say that they don’t need THINGS. That money isn’t everything. That experiences are better, etc, etc… Tonight THINGS were exactly what I needed. Mykl is on his way back from picking up the girls for their first visit home since they moved out of state with their mom earlier this month. It’s only been two weeks, but it feels like a lifetime. Even though the timeframe wasn’t terribly lengthy, it FELT so much longer knowing that they weren’t {Read More}

Parenting Thanks to Your Kid

Parenting. I will be the first to admit, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to do. But the most rewarding? Hands down. Navigating the waters of figuring it all out is an evolving process, one that is discussed in Dr. Janis Clark Johnston’s “It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent”. (Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.) When I found out I was pregnant {Read More}

I Got 99 Problems, but UV Ain’t One #UVProblems

A few years ago, I noticed that the inside corner of both of my eyes had turned yellow. My first thought was “HEPATITIS!” but I soon realized that the yellow tint also had some texture. It had been a couple of years since I had last been to the Optometrist, and I was also suffering with dry eyes. Constantly. The Optometrist addressed the yellow masses in the corners of my eyes and said that they were fatty deposits from not {Read More}

Am I Screwing Up? (Sponsored)

Sometimes I worry that I’m screwing up this whole mom thing. I mean, aside from the regular “crappy mom” stuff that I do, I feel like maybe I really am screwing up. I’m not too worried about letting Levi fall asleep in my bed with his sunglasses on. They’re not going to hurt him, and hey, if it gets him to sleep, I’ve kind of won the larger battle. Plus he just looks so darn cute. But other things give {Read More}

Get Your Kids To Listen Without Yelling: Free Positive Parenting Webinar

Lately I’ve been really struggling with yelling with Levi. He’s two and a half now, and he’s certainly developed his own personality and his own way of doing things. I don’t want to be the nagging mom that repeats herself 87 times and her kid still doesn’t listen. I don’t want to see the horrified faces of other parents when I threaten to spank Levi just to get his attention when he’s misbehaving in public. (Yes, I threaten spankings, and {Read More}

The Result Of Being A Crappy Mom: Teenager Edition

Recently I was talking to my friend Nicole about my whole Crappy Mom project from last fall. She’s a lot like me (loud, obnoxious, awesome), but has teenagers instead of a toddler. After a couple drinks at Happy Hour one night trading parenting war stories, I begged her to please write a guest post about her experience as a crappy mom. I hope you guys appreciate this perspective as much as I do. When my kids were babies and youngsters, {Read More}

Hey Jen, Meet These People

I think it’s completely true that I get half of my awesomeness from each parent. I was having a conversation with my mom the other day and yet again, she reminded me of how I was raised. I know, it’s an old, grainy photo, but it’s one of the few I have of us as a family growing up. The conversation was about the Sunday school class she teaches at church. Well, kind of. It was actually about a conversation {Read More}