Category: Me Time


What I want you to know about my abusive relationship

Being in an abusive relationship is one thing, leaving an abusive relationship is another….and having that abuse escalate after leaving is hell. I was with a controlling, verbally and emotionally abusive man for 12 years. I knew he was abusive, but I loved him. So I stayed. Then I found something that I loved even more […]

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#TBT: The celebration of color

A couple of you suggested I just boycot the color thing, which would be a perfectly sane thing for a mother of four with intact boundaries to do.  However, a) I have no boundaries and an instense need to follow the rules and be liked by my son’s teacher, and b) Jafta is anxious about doing […]

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On not “firepitting” our marriage (or our children)

It’s one of those things that a lot of people do . . . that tendency to live your best life when others are around. A prime example of this is our backyard firepit. We pull it out almost every time we have guests over. We love sitting around it, listening to music, talking, or […]

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25 Conversation Starters for the Car

2. If you could have dinner with any person from history, who would you choose? 3. What makes someone kind? How could you be kinder this year? 4. If you could solve one problem in the world, what would it be? 5. If you had to live on a deserted island with only one book, […]

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How to Engage Your Kids on the Ride Home From School

I’ve been trying to be intentional about using our car ride home from school as a time to reconnect with the kids and get information about their day. I like the car time for a few reasons. For one, I have a captive audience. There are no distractions – there is nothing else they are […]

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That’s what SHE said: kids ruining marriage, the ills of homework, giving crap to the poor, Africa and Ebola paranoia, and more . . .

That’s what SHE said: kids ruining marriage, the ills of homework, giving crap to the poor, Africa and Ebola paranoia, and more . . . 2014-10-19T14:10:00-07:00 lunareece that’s what she said|

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Nine steps for avoiding racist costumes at Halloween

2. Do not wear racist costumes. This one should go without saying: If you don’t want to be racist this Halloween, don’t wear racist costumes. 3. It’s okay to dress up as a person whose race is different from your own. 4. Let your child’s interest determine their costume. 5. Say no to blackface. 6. […]

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#TBT: Demolition mom

On Thursdays, I’m posting a favorite from the archives. This was from July, 2010. Our family sleeping arrangements are endlessly on my nerves, because they aren’t exactly conducive to sleep, and because having a kid or two n the bedroom is not  leaving us the space for that little activity that got us into this […]

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Open thread: Let’s talk about pregnancy and infant loss

Miscarriage is such a lonely road. I could never have imagined how devastating it would be to lose a pregnancy. I think it is something no one can comprehend until you have been through it. And yet, so many of us have. I am still mystified by the cloud of secrecy that passes over this […]

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Easy make-ahead Chicken Curry

I use Fresh & Easy simmer sauces for this reason quite frequently. We have a few favorites – I love using the Chili Verde sauce in the crockpot to make an easy shredded chicken for tacos or enchilalads. I tried a new version this week and found another easy and healthy crockpot meal that I […]

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What I want you to know about having an eating disorder

I love food. I have always loved food. Pizza, cheese, pretzels, ice cream, candy…I could go on and on. My battle with food and body image and anxiety finally collided at the age of 13 when I began restricting food. This lasted for 2 years and then when my father died from brain cancer I discovered […]

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Six qualities teachers appreciate in parents

Most of our kids are settling back into the school routine and adjusting to their new teachers. I’ve written before about what kind of school parent I am, and in one episode of Mama Said, Sarah and I discussed my ambivalence about volunteering in their classrooms. Short story, I think a lot about what my […]

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