Have you taken children under the age of 5 camping? While it can be loads of fun, it can also be a bit stressful if not prepared. And mealtime is included in that! But the more you can think...
A friend of mine recently sent a frantic group text to me and several other friends. “My bank account was hacked!” she told us. What started as an ordinary day turned into an extremely stressful experience that almost resulted in...
Standing in the grocery store checkout line with your 4 kids, a rambunctious group of siblings, and a 10-year age gap that separates the oldest from the youngest, will get you a lot of weird comments. Strangers not content to...
On the worst day of my life, I went into a hospital room filled with pristine, white coats and scrubs. For an emergency room, it was calm. I could hear the sounds of machines beeping in synch with the...
The First and Most Important Thing What’s the first thing - the very first thing - that a baby does after it’s born? Breathe. None of us can do anything without fresh air. Oxygen is life. For a mother, there’s simply nothing...
This will be my 12th Christmas as a teacher, which is equivalent to 137 coffee mugs in my collection. I love coffee, I do, but my collection is far greater than I will ever need. For some reason it...
The holidays are upon us and that means food, family, and festivities, however you plan to do that this year. While we may not be gathering as we normally would, chances are we are still exchanging gifts in some...
Whew! 2020 is almost in the rearview mirror. Unfortunately, though, the last part of the year usually brings the most stress and that stress is typically centered around the holidays. Between planning for holiday meals, gift shopping, class parties,...
An annual tradition for our family is attending every pumpkin patch in the DFW area.  While it may seem excessive, there is just something about fall that makes us giddy and pumpkin spice crazy.  Each member of our family...
You may already be familiar with the video sensation, Fortnite, which was released by Epic Games in 2011. With 350 million registered users as of May and a value of $17.3 billion, I guess you could say the game...
The 2020-21 school year will be unlike any other. Different schools appear to have significantly different plans, and the level of organization required for teachers to do virtual and in-person learning across districts kind of blows my mind. So...
Statistically speaking there’s a good chance either you or someone close to you is currently job hunting. I joined “team furlough” back in March, and I can’t say that I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve invested in job hunting, but...

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