Adopting an Adult Dog: Not Easy But Worth It

I grew up in a dog-less home as a freckle-faced, kitty-obsessed kid. I love most furry faces indiscriminately, but as an adult, I married a man that is allergic to cats. When I went to adopt my first dog, I preferred smaller breeds. I had small children and didn’t want the kids’ faces to be…

When ASD Kidnaps Family Fun

This isn’t a real chipper post. Skip it if you’re down. But I have a feeling I’m not the only parent feeling this way, so I thought I might as well post and perhaps someone will feel seen and know they’re not alone in surviving the emotional storms that parenting a child on the spectrum…

Managing Stress Well during Covid19 : My 5 Best Tips

I have a confession. I don’t naturally handle stress well. Some people seem to be able to roll with the punches, but as a highly sensitive person, I often sense tension and absorb it like a sponge. (And I can create plenty of tension myself through perfectionist black and white thinking–assuming things are “all bad”…

How to Stay Motivated as a Stay at Home Mom: Think Like a CEO

I have discovered over the years that in order to feel fulfilled, happy and motivated as a stay at home mom, there are some important things to know. Sometimes you get into survival mode and it’s hard to get out of it. My hope is that if you’re there, you’ll be thriving soon, and these…

Parenting SPD Kids Takes Unicorn-Ninja Skills

My kindergarten girl is pretty typical when it comes to loving her unicorn toys and pink…I’d say she blends in pretty well…Nevermind, she dresses herself and can stand out quite a bit with her leopard print pants (we consider leopard print a neutral at our house) and floral sleeveless dresses in the middle of winter….

Work Hazards of a Stay-at-Home-Mom

Ugh. My shoulder and arm hurt. Really badly. I’ve been up since 3 something a.m. because I could no longer ignore the pangs. The frequency and duration of pain has gotten progressively worse since Dec. 9th., the day of my vein surgery when I was bruised up from that (and it was that time of…

More Effective than New Years Resolutions? It worked for me!

Do you believe in making New Years Resolutions?  Or do you think they’re for other people because you know you’ll forget about them in a few weeks; or maybe as a perfectionist you know you’ll give up when you can’t meet your expectation as well as you’d like?  Even if we all gave them up…

Better than Toys

Every kid can easily make an expansive (and probably expensive) Christmas wish list, and have a lot of fun dreaming of what they want to receive.  I used to look at a toy catalog as a kid and write my own illustrated list to Santa. (I had an inkling it was really Mom and Dad…

My Letter to the FTC about the COPPA law’s Effect on Youtubers

Dear FTC members, I am both a parent and a content creator/artist on Youtube. I would urge you to rethink the current rules and how vague they are, because the vagueness is very threatening to many channels. Music is especially important to content creators making their content have energy, and the music used should be…