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Kindergarten? Not THE baby!

It’s hard to believe I wrote the following ode to my firstborn daughter nine years ago. Now our little caboose, the youngest of our five children, is off to kindergarten, … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

7 reasons my stepdad is better than yours

It takes a special man to be a stepdad. Mine made a peaceful transition on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Boyd Baylor, Sr., thank you: (1) for marrying my mom, a … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

You might be a mom if …

1. You, too, snack on Goldfish crackers – not because you ran out of your favorite munchies, but because you actually like them. 2. You continue to watch Bubble Guppies … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · 3 Comments

How to Live on One Income: The Frugal Mom’s Guide to Cheap Living

    Long ago, when I was a metal-mouth teen in my native Louisiana, my family would pile into our battered black Cadillac and make a beeline for Griff’s Hamburgers. We’d … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Kids ask the darnedest things

   My kids think I’m a genius.    And that is definitely a big deal, coming from the toughest critics I know: my 5- and 7-year-old daughters.    Like most … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

5 signs you’re a bored stay-at-home mom

You’ve washed, dried and folded every item of clothing in the house – even the Build-A-Bear’s couture. Your husband asks if you need some fresh air because, once again, you … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

How to Cash in on Coupons

Coupons are the new platinum card. Everybody likes saving money, and that’s why many shoppers are happily flashing coupons—even mobile versions of them—at cashiers to shave a few bucks off … Continue reading

March 29, 2014 · Leave a comment