How to be the cool mom on the block

be the cool mom

I’ve worked hard for my title as “cool mom” from the neighbor kids over the past five years.

(Not really)

It’s been a hugely competitive event with all the neighbor moms vying for the trophy.

(Seriously, not really)

Now that I’ve won the title of “coolest mom on the block” I’d like to let you in on my secret.

(Um, there isn’t a trophy or anything, but I’d like to think the other kids on the block envy my sons because they have such an cool and amazing mom.)


Cool mom defined

I should point out that my kids do NOT think I’m a cool mom (and that I’m cool with that.)  I don’t want my kids to think of me as a giant friend or playmate. I’m their mom.

I am NOT advocating being “that” kind of cool mom.

I’m suggesting that having all the neighbor kids prefer to hang out in your front yard instead of lurking behind someone else’s garage is a pretty good thing.

(I don’t know about you, but I have vivid recollections of smoking grapevine behind the garage.)

(No.  That’s not a euphemism.  We’re talking about actual vine from a plant.  It’s nasty.) [Read more...]

Why I changed my coffee habit

i changed my coffee habit

Starting in July, I made a radical change to my coffee habit.  A month of vacation had given my husband and I a LOT of chances to drink bad hotel coffee, over priced coffee drinks, and a few really spectacular cups of handcrafted heaven-in-a-cup.

I was looking forward to getting home and curling up in my favorite chair with my coffee every morning.  I’d expected to return to my time-tested routine.

Stumble downstairs, grope for the power button on the Keurig, count the seconds until it’s ready to go, and then inhale the fumes until I can actually DRINK the coffee.


We were out of k-cups. [Read more...]

But what if I’m not strong enough…

what if I'm not strong enough

When I’m faced with new challenges, I like to take a step back before I embrace them. Sometimes, it’s just to get a running start. More often, I’m dealing with some version of the question “but what if I’m not strong enough?”

I worry that I’ll fail.


Lately, I’ve realized that how “what if I’m not strong enough” gets answered has a big impact on what happens next. [Read more...]

Squirrels and the ice cream truck

nature study

Squirrels and the ice cream truck may seem like an odd pairing…

(unless of course you’ve watched enough Phineas and Ferb episodes.  She ends up getting ice cream at some point during the episode


… but trust me. They’re related. [Read more...]

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