Being a [Step] Mom: Why Can’t my Kids Close Anything?!

I’ve thought a lot lately, for various reasons, about what I really want to teach my kids. I don’t want to control every little thing they do. First, that’s exhausting. Second, more importantly, it’s just not effective. My kids have to fail and struggle and piss me off to learn. As a good friend reminded me, I’m not raising “good kids” but “good adults”. I really want my kids to be productive members of society. … Continue Reading →

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Being a [Step] Mom: Have a Village

Here’s the thing, parenthood, motherhood, step-parenthood… it’s all really fucking lonely at times. When I became an instant mom I whipped out my whiny asshole card a lot. “Woe is me, nobody understands my situation.” “I just wish I could go to the bar with friends and wake up hungover without tiny humans crawling on me.” It’s the classic, “if I knew then, what I know now” conundrum. Only here’s the thing, as I’ve learned, … Continue Reading →

Being an Allergy Mom

Over the past 9 years, being an allergy mom, I’ve gotten a lot of different reactions from people. “How do you do it? I could never do it!” “You must be so overwhelmed and stressed out! What a pain!”  When I tell people my daughter has FPIES, they are usually shocked. Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) is a type of food allergy affecting the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Classic symptoms of FPIES include profound vomiting, diarrhea, and … Continue Reading →

Being a [Step] Mom: Why I Menu Plan

I don’t mean to keep talking about it.  But I do.  I can’t help it.  It’s who I am.  I love food.  Food is the thing around which my family revolves.  It’s horrible, I know.  I didn’t say family time, or love, or our faith.  I said food.  But here’s the thing, food is the thing that brings us together every day guaranteed.  Breakfast and dinner, 99.9% of the time, my family are together.  I … Continue Reading →

Lentil Taco Bowls

About a year ago I instituted meatless Monday’s in our house.  Now, let’s be clear I am a carnivore through and through.  So are my kids.  But I also really believe in plant-based protein.  It’s delicious.  It’s healthy.  And it’s often very cost effective.  And it’s incredibly versatile.  It really encouraged me to mix things up!  So, one day perusing my pantry I found some lentils and thought, “what the hell do I have these … Continue Reading →