In the past couple days I had two people ask me for my thoughts/advice about two parenting-related topics. The first woman, a semi-regular commenter on this blog, emailed me to ask for advice regarding vaccinations for her 1-year-old son. She was feeling hesitant about taking him receiving so many shots at his 12 month check-up. I would never tell someone what they should or should not do. That’s not my style. I’m all about people doing their own research and making informed choices (regarding healthcare and other aspects of parenting), and I believe that those choices can differ from person to person. So I suppliedRead More →

Even though my husband got paid today, our bank account doesn’t reflect that. There were seven bills out there in limbo counting on this money to come in. It kills me. The day he gets paid, we are already broke again. This vicious cycle sucks! We haven’t paid our car tag renewal yet (due in August) and have been driving around with an expired plate because we can’t afford it. We don’t live a lavish lifestyle. We don’t live in a huge house. We only have one car. Jody takes the bus (free pass) to work more days than not. He also takes his lunchRead More →

Disclaimer: The following entry is nothing short of a rant about Walmart and American values. If you are easily offended or prefer to live in a world where everything is happy and cheerful, please DON’T READ. After stopping at a local Super Walmart this weekend so I could go to the bathroom (hey, when ya gotta go, ya gotta go), I started thinking in depth about my issues with this superpower and the people who shop there. These days we are all about patriotism and pride in being Americans. The cars in the Walmart parking lot were littered with yellow and American flag ribbons. “SupportRead More →

Last weekend and this week were a blur. I did two photoshoots – one maternity and one of my friend’s son who’s turning two next week – and I spent a lot of time proofing the pics (because I am not good enough to take them straight off of the camera without much work yet). I was glad to read a lot of “The Better Photo Guide To Digital Photography” this week. It helped me better understand and utilize the rule of thirds. I knew about it before, but reading a more in-depth explanation in that book helped me crop my friend’s son’s pictures aRead More →

Not sure if you’ve all heard about this or not, but a friend e-mailed me to tell me about The Mom Salon – “where women find the smartest mom blogs.” It’s a new site and they are currently accepting blogs to put into their directory. You can sign up here. :)

Last night proved to be especially chaotic in our house. We were eating dinner when the phone rang. We rarely answer our phone, especially in the evening, afraid that it’s a poll for this, that or the other thing or Qwest asking us to upgrade our service, etc. So we let it roll over to the answering machine and it turned out to be a friend of Jody’s (he was an usher in our wedding) that he hadn’t talked to in over a year. So Jody ran upstairs and got the phone and proceeded to have a loooong ol’ conversation with his buddy. In theRead More →