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0 Helpful Spring Cleaning Tips to Make You Feel Better About the State of Your Home

There are lots of articles about spring cleaning circulating around the internet right now. Which makes me want to dust. But also REALLY not want to dust. I’ll cut to the chase here and let you know this post will provide Read more…


It’s Like Riding a Bike, Easily Forgotten and Painful

It's like riding a bike; painful and easily forgotten

Both of my kids are learning to ride bikes right now. Jack is on a balance bike and Norah is rocking a tricycle. I’m all for getting them onto their various modes of fresh air transportation and seeing them embrace Read more…


How You Doin’: The Business of Busyness

The business of busyness

“How are you?” says Person A. “Busy” says Person B, in a frenzied state of self absorption assuming everyone else in the world is currently managing only one task at a time and taking breaks to eat bonbons. Oh, and Read more…


The Woman in the Yellow Shirt

Walk This Way I grew up in a family of very long legs. It makes buying pants difficult, but man we can get from Point A to Point B quickly. We were also a family of athletes. Despite stories you’ll read Read more…


The Year of 5 Chads: A Non Love Story

February on With Love and a Little Self-Deprecation is dedicated to love. Family love, friendship love, marriage love, “that wasn’t even close to being” love – just lots and lots of love. But in a funny way, I promise. Today’s My Read more…


Nearly Dead in Daytona: A Friendship Exam

Nearly Dead in Daytona

I’m a strong proponent of the “rub some dirt on it” parenting/self-help strategy. Fall down, you get back up. Get hurt, cry a little but bounce back. Get sick, go to the gym to try to sweat it out. Not Read more…


When To Move Your Toddler Into a Big Kid Bed

When to move your toddler into a big kid bed

Conventional wisdom says you should move your toddler out of his crib and into a big kid bed when he can climb out of the crib. That seems smart. #Safety. But did you know that you can move him into Read more…


A Working Mom’s Guide to Doing it All (Terribly)

working mom

Working moms get this question a lot: “How do you do it all?” It ALL. That’s daunting. And for this working mom, I do “do it all.” But sometimes I’m doing it all TERRIBLY. Da Bomb (Cyclone) This winter the bomb Read more…


Recipes are Bossy: 4 Recipes for People Who Don’t Like to Follow Directions

Avocado Chicken Enchiladas, Black Bean Quinoa Casserole, and Other Delicious Recipes That Are Hard to Mess Up

I wonder how much better food would taste if I followed the instructions on recipes. Probably a lot, but sadly, I’ll never know. As it turns out I’m just too arrogant to be a good cook. And I don’t have Read more…


I’ve Got the Music in Me: The Making of a Piano Prodigy

For someone who has never been a real performer, I have two too many stories about humiliating myself in auditoriums. And what do you do when you make a fool of yourself in front of hundreds of people. Write about Read more…