I’m excited to tell you about a new green blog in town. 5 Minutes for Going Green, a sister site of 5 Minutes for Mom and managed by the amazing Arianne, launched last week! Going green is not a destination–it’s a journey. Together we can do a little bit each day to sustain our planet and clean up our lives, because even a small change can make a big difference. Our world is a gift, and taking care of it can be fun, fulfilling and easier than ever. No matter where you are at in life, or in this journey, green looks good on everyone.Read More →

This weekend Jody aggressively brushed out our older dog who has been shedding like mad lately. The pile grew larger and larger as he added more and more to it, and I joked that we had enough to make another dog. When he and the dog had had all of the fun they could stand, he looked a little surprised when I told him to knit a sweater throw it all into the composter. I admit I was going out on a limb, but it seemed like a good idea. After all, it’s organic material, surely it couldn’t be bad for the compost heap, right?Read More →

When my neighbor told me a week ago that she was planning a garage sale for this coming weekend, the wheels started turning in my head. I’ve definitely got more than my fair share of crap stuff to purge and the extra cash would certainly come in handy for our upcoming vacation at the end of the month. I told her I might join her and do a sale the same weekend. Fast-forward to this past weekend when I asked my sister if she’d be down with helping me run the sale. With dollar signs in her eyes, she agreed and the game was on.Read More →

While our 4th of July didn’t go exactly as planned (we missed the parade we set out to see because the time listed for it was incorrect, then missed our backup plan of an outdoor symphony concert because Julian fell asleep in the car on the way), but we still ended up having a nice day. Ava got to ride her new bike (a present for her 4th birthday). My sister Carrie joined us for the evening. We picked up some dinner and some fireworks which Jody set off in the street. Carrie and I were sure to throw in some oooohs and aaaahs forRead More →

Cross-posted at BlogHers Act NBC’s new reality show “The Baby Borrowers” takes five teenage couples through a crash course in adulthood tasking them with responsibilities such as a house payment, a job, and for three days, the care of a baby (and later, a toddler, pre-teen and elderly person). Many bloggers and others are up in arms over infants being separated from their parents for so long for a so-called “social experiment” saying it is irresponsible television and some have even called it child abuse. Although my stomach lurched when I first heard about this show with a catchy name and the slogan “It’s notRead More →