My Daughter is a Pitbull

When Dan and I decided to adopt a puppy 5 years ago, we knew wanted some kind of Pitbull mix. Especially in the South, Pitbulls have a horrible time getting adopted, due in part to their less-than-stellar reputation, and also because of the prevalence of dog fighting rings which produce injured, often malnourished, fearful and in [...]

5 Rules for a Real(istic) Marriage

Earlier this week it was Dan and my 3rd wedding anniversary. We commemorated the day by waking up, grabbing our cell phones to scroll Facebook, and then saying to each other - "oh look, today is our anniversary...according to Facebook anyway." Trust me, it was really romantic. This is the space I had originally reserved [...]

Buying a Used Car and other Causes of Divorce

When you decide to have a second kid, you (hopefully) think through the obvious expenses involved. Maternity leave (10 weeks at about $4000), hospital bills (baby #1 was $8,000 out of pocket), daycare ($300/month for 2 days a week), diapers ($100 a month), wine ($5 a box) - catching puke with your bare hands (priceless). Sorry, I [...]

Spring #ToddlerStyle + How to Curb a Shopping Addiction

Two posts in two days - what the what?!! I know. Crazy. There must be some kind of special moon or something going on because I've been wayyyyy more productive than normal today. On a typical Wednesday (my work from home day) I am pleased with myself if I shower, feed Mia cold dinner leftovers, and [...]