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The Year of Chad(s): 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)

Being a working mom is rewarding but hard. We have to "do it all." And some days it won't be pretty.

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: Cooking 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…


A Farewell to AIM: Thanks for the Memories, AOL Instant Messenger!

It’s the end of an era. An era that truthfully I didn’t realize was still going on until last week, but still the end of an era. AOL Instant Messenger, affectionately, AIM, will be shutting down on December 15, 2017.


The Tale of Elliptical Hill

My husband and I are both fairly educated people, but if you lived near us you would be writing letters to our various alma maters requesting that our degrees be rescinded in order to maintain academic quality and reputation. At Read more…


Resting Helpful Face: Philly Work Trip Part II

You don’t need to have read Work Trip Part I before reading Part II. If you’ve been following along you know darn well that my writing has no logical rhyme or reason. But if you did read Part I you’re the Read more…


Pumping Iron: A Cautionary Tale

One night at my parents’ house. That’s all it took. I was doing just fine and then BAM, all of a sudden I’m ironing again. It’s been several years since I’ve spoken to my iron. So long in fact that Read more…