The Accidental Affair

I was 18 years old, attending Lansing Community College, and pretending to be a Spartan.
It was my first semester of college and a married guy, 10 years my senior, was taking me to the Olive Garden on his dime, springing for the extra boat of alfredo sauce.… READ THE REST

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Well, Halloween is just weeks away and there is no denying it, the holiday season is officially here! If you’re like me that means lots of sweets and comfort foods, and sweet comfort foods, are in your future. In an effort to satisfy those sweet and savory cravings while skipping the guilt I’ve been testing and trying dozens of healthy alternative recipes.… READ THE REST

Playdate Pep Talks

I’d like to think we’ve all been there. In fact, we all go there on the regular. We park our cars and turn around to face the mini troops, then start doling out some variation of what can best be described as “The Playdate Pep Talk.”
Perfect children and parents aside, at any given time most kids, more specifically toddlers, are trying on some socially unacceptable behavior for size.… READ THE REST

Sex is AWESOME!

I tend to be the friend my friends call when there is a relationship problem. I am certainly unqualified to be a therapist, but I have studied gender and communication for several years. Basically I know enough to be dangerous. Any of my friends will tell you, if you call me because you are having a hard time with your husband, and are certain you don’t love each other anymore, my response will always be the same; when is the last time you slept with him?… READ THE REST

When Fear Lives At Home

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; 1 in 3 women have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner. I didn’t grow up planning on being a statistic, but here I am. Hell, I didn’t even label what I went through as “domestic violence” until well after my marriage had ended, and that’s part of the problem. 

Quick background: My dad was an abusive, alcoholic drug addict.READ THE REST

Trump Parenting 101

So this political climate has me thinking a lot lately: about my values, our culture, hell (because it’s frozen over) and most importantly the values I want to impart on my child. My husband didn’t want me to write on this, he said after last week’s blog, I needed to lighten up – deliver something funny.… READ THE REST

Apple Cider Slushes

October took off on a whirlwind for us fully equipped with emergency surgeries, slipped discs, and standard kid chaos (stories for another time). We’re just getting back to our normal selves around here so we’re kicking off this first Friday of October post with a festive seasonal drink with a twist and some cool science built in the process (which I liken to magic because I haven’t googled it yet).… READ THE REST

When Needles Make Babies

The ink has yet to dry on the marriage license. The wedding bouquet hasn’t had a chance to dry out. The hangovers from enjoying the open bar at the reception are still looming. Yet, the big question has already been asked by someone at some point…
“So, when is the baby coming?”
I have to believe this is the usual for most.READ THE REST

I Don’t Want Another Kid

Once you have a baby, people like to ask when you’re having your next while the first-born is still covered in placenta. Your vagina will still be broken and they get all serious, look you dead in the eyes, and hit you with: “So have you given any thought to when you’ll have another?” The first one is so new you’re not even sure if you like it yet and they want to go out and buy “best big sister” onesies.… READ THE REST
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