It must be said: we have not adopted. We have checked boxes 1-4 out of 1,000. I feel that needs to be said because a happy ending where our new little munchkin is well-adjusted and on their way to Harvard is not in the cards for this blog piece. We have decided which form of […]
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I did a thing. A real-life, super adult, realizing a dream kind of a thing. I wrote and published a book. It’s on Amazon and everything. It was even on a book list on Amazon; it was the “New Juvenile Fiction Books for Families of Children With Special Needs” list, but I’ll take it. Now […]
Spring has sprung! And if you’re anything like us, the MOMENT it is even bearable, the grill comes out and the meals go from oven-baked awesomeness to grilled greatness. I’ve got a few “grilling greatness hacks” just in time for Spring! Some are recipes I’ve found, some are handy tricks, but all of them have […]
Ever been sick and tried to parent? Ever been exhausted and dealt with a toddler? Ever just wanted to check into an AirBnB for the afternoon just so you could take a nap? Yeah, me too. I scoured the internet, my own exhaustive (haha-see what I did there?) experience, and wise friends and put together […]
February is birthday month in the Cooley household or as my brother calls it: Second Christmas. Four of our six family members have birthdays and that’s not counting the extended family birthdays of which there are quite a few. This was our celebration schedule: February 8: Luke (husband) turns 41 and hosts friend party with […]
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In one of Michael Scott’s finest hours, he attempts to describe marriage during a reception toast: “Webster’s dictionary defines ‘wedding’ as the fusing of two metals with a hot torch.” It is easily one of my favorite lines in the whole show. While this is obviously the happy mistake of defining “welding” instead of “wedding”, […]
It’s February! Hate to say it, but statistically most of us have already abandoned our inspired visions for the New Year. In fact, studies show that 80% of resolutions are already abandoned by now. Of course, we’ve all got a neighbor or mommy friend who is still cranking, but for the majority of us life […]
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When I turned 40 my mom’s cousin sent me a book called Life Begins at FORTY written by Walter B. Pitkin. My grandmother had given the book to my great-grandma when she turned 40 and typical of the women in my family, Gram had saved it and re-gifted it back to my grandma when she […]
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Bedtime routines vary from house to house, from child to child. As moms, we often focus on giving our babies a wonderful bedtime experience (which, I’m fully convinced, is why they never want to actually GO to bed!) and forget about our own bedtime routine. When my oldest was three and I only had two […]
My carb cravings have an inverse relationship with temperature. As the temp drops and the frost develops, my desire for all things bread instantly spikes. At an alarming rate. “Comfort food” has a whole new meaning for me now. The reality is that even though I desperately want to swipe your PSL and run for the […]