The Dreaded Car Nap

I’m sure there are millions of Moms, like me, that would agree that the nap your child takes in the car can ruin your entire day. I am a schedule abiding Mom. We do meal time, and nap time like clock work around here. It makes my life predictable, and it works like a charm on my kids. The only exception is when we are traveling, or have company that we don’t follow things so closely. But, your life can begin to feel a little constricted when you have an infant that takes 2, sometimes 3 naps a day. How … Continue reading

Adding Fido’s Photo to the Holiday Card

With the popularity of Photoshop and other image editing programs, many savvy photographers are bypassing the drama of getting Fido or Fifi to pose nicely in front of the Christmas tree. These days you can get your cat or dog to look pretty on the family holiday greeting card with the simple click of a mouse. Whether you plan to Photoshop your Christmas card or you prefer to take a more traditional route to document your furbabies this season, consider the following tips: Costumes: Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to put away the costumes. If … Continue reading

More Tips to Consider Before Snapping Your Holiday Photo

Many families spend the long Thanksgiving weekend snapping photos for their annual Christmas card. The holiday weekend is an especially good time to take a family shot if you have children, who are home from college, or you have grandkids visiting from other parts of the country. Family gatherings are also ideal times to snap shots because you have more photographers at your disposal. If you can’t stand working with your camera’s self timer or you don’t own a tripod, it is virtually impossible to take a decent group shot of your entire clan when you are at home. If … Continue reading

Who’s In Your Christmas Card Photo?

I got into this discussion with my fellow playgroup moms a few days ago. One of the moms decided to save on postage and handed out her Christmas cards to all of us during our weekly gathering. I opened mine right away and complimented her on getting a great shot of her kids lined up in front of the Christmas tree. (Any parent knows that’s no easy task when you have five kids under the age of 10.) The compliment was soon followed by inquiries by other moms wondering why said mom and her husband were not in the shot. … Continue reading

Are You A Snap Happy Parent?

In a previous blog I shared a photo secret with you. I reluctantly admitted that I have cataloged in chronological order more than 5,000 pictures I’ve taken of my 3-year-old daughter. At first I thought that was an exorbitant number of pictures to have of one child, but that’s before I heard about a mom in Georgia who claims she has snapped more than 8,500 pictures of her 8-month-old baby. More than 8,000 pictures in 8 months? That’s more than 1,000 photos a month. The mother says she takes her digital camera everywhere and is determined to create a daily … Continue reading

Three Dreaded Letters: PMS

It’s not a subject most people like to discuss, but PMS or Pre Menstrual Syndrome can wreak havoc on relationships, especially when it is not recognized. Despite what many people seem to think, hormonal fluctuations throughout a woman’s cycle can be as hard on her as they seem to be on the people in her life. Yes, PMS is Real Too often people see PMS as being “all in her head,” but it’s not. Hormonal changes can cause everything from cravings and fatigue to mild discomfort or a good deal of pain. There is often bloating and irritability, and a … Continue reading

Parenting Techniques Outside of the United States

The things that you consider to be typical parenting techniques might seem strange to people who live outside of the United States. Likewise, some of what parents in other countries do may seem weird to parents here. It’s all a matter of perspective. What works well for parents in one place might not be acceptable to do in other places. NPR has an article titled Global Parenting Habits that Haven’t Caught On In the U.S.. It was written by Emily Lodish and posted on August 12, 2014. In it, she points out some parenting techniques that are commonly practiced in … Continue reading

Baby’s Fears

Every baby has a fear. Sometimes it is the vacuum, the dog, or the blender. My baby actually doesn’t seem to mind the blender all that much, and he loves the food chopper. Weird. But, there are a few things that he is afraid of from time to time. While I don’t enjoy my child’s fear, it is sometimes cute to see what he is afraid of. One of the things that I have learned that he is afraid of is the car wash. In fact, I remember my oldest being scared of that, too as a baby. Now, she … Continue reading

Get the Most Bang for Your Travel Buck

Want to live like the President of the United States without having to spend millions campaigning for the title? Then head to Charlotte, North Carolina, before September 8th. That’s where you’ll find the “American Presidential Experience 2012.” The traveling exhibit is one of the hot spots for non-politicos checking out the Democratic National Convention. Visitors of all ages, races and creeds can get in some hands-on learning about this country’s top job and the men who held the position, from George Washington to Barack Obama. The 30,000-square-foot, nonpartisan exhibit is crammed with presidential memorabilia, including a full-size recreation of the … Continue reading

Happier Mornings

Are your mornings hectic and stressful? Mine used to be so bad that I almost dreaded them. Hailey and I would get our day off to a bad start because we would wind up snapping at each other. When I was married we all left the house at the same time, this meant that I had help getting Hailey motivated and out the door. Once I was divorced it was just me. No matter what time we got up Hailey would drag her feet until it was time to walk out the door then we would spend another ten minutes … Continue reading