Into everything.

Today was rough. I literally cried on the phone to my mom because I am so exhausted from trying to keep up with my toddler. I am tired of cleaning up one mess while he is simultaneously making another one. I had had it. And there is something about crying on the phone to your mom that just feels so good. (Sorry, mom). But the tears were necessary. You see, I decided that putting locks on everything might help the situation, but my power tool inadequacies got the best of me and, well, I lost it. So what did I decide to do? After posting a rant on Facbeook (obvi), I started video taping my son. I knew that I was being ridiculous and needed to see him as everyone else sees him.......hilarious. Yeah, that's easy when you aren't the one cleaning up after him all day. So I videoed him and took pictures of him in his element. And then I made this video and I was right... it made me laugh. How lucky am I to have a boy that is capable of being so bad? I still want my junk drawer locked and I … [Read More...]

Local Designer Shares her Non Traditional Baby Girl Nursery

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You guys! I am honored to introduce you to Phoebe Schuh, interior designer and founder of Philadelphia design firm, PS & Daughters. Many Sisters to Sons readers are new moms or moms-to-be and we can all appreciate the importance of "setting up the nursery". As we wait (im)patiently for 9 months (or is it 10 months?) for the arrival of our new bebe's, we occupy our time by stressing over paint colors, crib sheets and gliders. Phoebe is here to share some inspiration and help all the new mamas think outside the box when it comes to creating a living and (hopefully) sleeping space for our … [Read More...]

Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Here are two facts you might not know about me: 1. I love baked goods. 2. I cannot bake. I don't know the difference between baking soda and baking powder and rarely have the patience to measure anything less than 1 tbsp. My mantra is "a little of this and a little of that", and I know in the baking world, precision makes the cake - or is it takes the cake? Whatever. It's not one of my strengths. But last year my sister-in-law made these soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for my boys that they devoured. And now that we are in the midst of pumpkin mania, they started asking for them … [Read More...]

Beautycounter Favorites + Giveaway!

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I don't want to hear about Ebola. I don't want to hear about Enterovirus. I don't want to hear that the shampoo I used on my child the entire first year of his life has cancer-causing ingredients. Sheesh. One click on the news and it's enough to force any young mom to grab her children by the armful, blow a huge bubble and dive in. Nobody warns you about how scary parenting can be, and while we technically can't protect ourselves from everything, we are moms, so you can bet we are going to try. And it might be true that I am not, er, um, "mentally equipped" to take on evil viruses, but I can … [Read More...]

Parenting For The Digital Age Giveaway

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  Parenting For The Digital Age Giveaway Parents today have a hard job of balancing and censoring how the media is affecting our children. Bill Ratner talks candidly about his decisions to unplug from and get back to what is important: human relationships. Momma Lew recently reviewed Parenting for the Digital Age and you can read the review here. Bill Ratner wants to enlighten one lucky reader with a copy of his new book - Parenting For The Digital Age. One lucky winner will receive a copy of the book + a $25 Amazon Gift Card. This giveaway will end at midnight on 11/5 and is … [Read More...]

10 Reasons I Didn’t Answer the Phone

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I see you lighting up. I feel you buzzing in my back pocket. I hear you ring ding-a-ling-ing away, but sorry... DECLINE. But before you take offense to me blatantly disregarding your call, let me explain. I have 10 really good reasons I didn't answer the phone. 10. I was diffusing a fight over a missing head on a dinosaur. Things were about to get ugly. Trust me, I was sparing you. 9. I was too busy feverishly running around my kitchen like a wild woman throwing toys off the counter tops, dishes into the sink, junk piles into random drawers whilst trying not to break a sweat so it … [Read More...]

5 Tips for Taking the Best Holiday Photo Ever

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I've been a parent now for about 5 years, 6 months,  and 1 day. I've learned a lot about parenting in those 5 years, 6 months, and 1 day and although I'm not an expert, I can say with authority that one of the more challenging group tasks we face is taking the annual holiday photo. You know, the one we send out to friends and family with three precious, smiling boys implying that all is well and good and pretty and perfect in our little world. And while our little world is most of those things most of the time, taking that one picture..... is hell. Maybe its a boy mom thing and the fact … [Read More...]

How to Clean Pumpkin Seeds (a revelation)

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Warning: I am about to give you a behind the scenes look into my brain. At times (a lot of times) I see something awesome in the world, you know like, electricity, heart surgery, computers, and wine (in no particular order) and I think to myself, "Damn. It's a good thing the world didn't depend on me to create these things." But I am okay with this and just thankful that there are people out there who are smarter than me. I mean, we all know our strengths, right? BUT..... You guys. The other day my husband was carving a pumpkin with our boys and they wanted to save the seeds to roast. … [Read More...]

Un-Crafty Halloween Craft

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Confession: I (strongly) dislike crafts. I dislike them so much that I have an un-crafty menu tab in my header bar and haven't added anything to it in, oh say, 6 months or so. When I first started blogging I would do crafts with my kids just so I could blog about them and people would think, "Oh wow, look at her! Doing such cute things with her kids all the time. What a great mom." Yeah. Those feelings lasted a few months before I thought to myself, "Self. You hate crafts. Stop faking it." And then the sun came out, it was warm enough for my kids could do the most glorious thing in the … [Read More...]

Halloween Outfits for Moms (cool ones).

Halloween outfits for moms

Now that you're a mom, you have three choices when it comes to dressing for Halloween (You must now officially retire the sexy nurse costume and donate it to someone who wears a push up bra because they want to. Not because they have to.) Here are your 3 choices:  1. You could wear this....(But don't. Please don't.) 2. Organize a family "theme" costume......(This might be fun, but maybe a bit over the top and would also require some major bartering with your husband in order to get him to agree to such a spectacle. Unless you have something you are willing to give up, steer … [Read More...]

The 10 Stages of Choosing a Halloween Costume for Kids

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Choosing a Halloween costume for kids seems easy, right? WRONG! Stage 1: Realization This stage typically occurs in late August. You know, when CVS begins to display candy corn on all of their end caps. Wonderful. Just wonderful, dearest CVS. You have officially ruined the months of September and October, not to mention the last few days of summer because now we get to entertain the question, "How many more days until Halloween?" for approximately 57 days. Sweet. (No pun intended) Stage 2: Assessment Now that the sugar radar is officially on high alert (no really, thanks again, … [Read More...]