Best Tips for Whole30 Success

Whole30 meal of smoked pork loin, butternut squash and a green salad with Whole30 ranch dressing

I did it. I survived the Whole30 eating program. 30 days without added sugar, alcohol, bread, legumes and processed foods. I am very much the average Joe, and I simply wanted better health after an entire summer eating pop tarts, chips, ice cream and fast food. I’m a sweets and carb-loader from way back, and … Read more

Cool Mom Gift Ideas

canvas bag I'm not like a regular mom, I'm a cool mom.

Post contains affiliate links for your convenience, see my Disclosure and Policy statement for details. I’ll never forget Amy Poehler in Mean Girls. “I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.” I won’t exactly be serving up after-school martinis for my kids anytime soon, but most moms I know are pretty cool. We … Read more

10 Ways to Relieve Holiday Stress

Post may contain affiliate links. Please see my Disclosure and Privacy statement for details. The holidays are here friends, they come at the same time every year and bring on a lot of the same stresses. Mental stress, physical stress, family stress. When Mama’s not happy, nobody’s happy. Trying to get it all done all … Read more

Where Did September Go?

It’s October. Seriously, weren’t we just at the pool? Wasn’t I just doing back-to-school shopping? It’s pumpkin time. And you know what that means. Turkey day and then Christmas. For me, September was gone in a flash. Freelance work-wise I like to think of it as The Great Recovery after a summer drought. Things picked … Read more

I Have Good News and I Have Bad News…

Explore Indoors with National Geographic Kids, RealHonestMom blog

Okay, so I have good news and I have bad news. Do you want the bad news first? Okay, the bad news is that moms in minivans making 3-point maneuvers in the driveway do not mix with toddler pedal cars. It was left out close to the driveway where it wasn’t supposed to be and … Read more

If You Give a Boy a Bag of Chips…

  If you give a boy a bag of chips, he will slam it into every possible object on the way to the potluck at the park. And when you get to the park, he’ll want to give the bag one final slam onto the concrete slab under the shelter before running off to play … Read more

Tales From an Imperfect Tooth Fairy

**post may contain affiliate links We are up to eight lost teeth and counting. The Tooth Fairy is tired at this point, and the Tooth Fairy is slipping. The first lost tooth is a big milestone and often celebrated big. I was just as excited as he was when he brought that first lost tooth … Read more

No More Travel Until Everyone Walks, Talks and Pees in the Potty

Traveling with kids is not for the weak. Here is my adventure flying with two kids alone.

The kids are back in school! Did you go on vacation anywhere over the break? In my opinion, there is no such thing as a vacation when you are traveling with little people. I define a vacation as a relaxing trip, and having kids in tow is anything but. My friend Val recently took a long … Read more

I’m Running Away and Never Coming Back

The thought seared through my head.  It was not my finest day as a mom.  The never-ending snack requests, toys littering the living room floor and clingy baby cries piled up on me. It was soon after a trip back home, and I was really missing my family.  The air conditioner in the car conked … Read more

Are You the Good Girl?

Post may contain affiliate links. Please see my Disclosure and Policy statement for details. In first grade, my teacher Mrs. Aves brought up a concern about me in a parent teacher conference.  She said I kept trying to throw away my “bad papers”.  They were assignments with mistakes in them, or with imperfect handwriting. In … Read more

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