The Day my Daughter Ate Okra.

My daughter doesn’t eat okra. In fact, as I’ve mentioned before, my daughter doesn’t really eat anything. But the other day, she ate a funny little chip called an Okra Snack. They’re made by Tropical, a company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The veggies are dried, fried in canola oil and then lightly seasoned with […]

Onward + Upward

In February, I gave birth to a chubby, redheaded, vampire-skinned boy. And for the last five months, I’ve spent every day with him. It’s been a wonderful experience and I’ve learned a lot. Like the best place to get a moo-moo. Or the importance of a good sports bra. I never planned on staying home […]

Internal Marketing at its Finest

As I’ve mentioned to everyone with ears, my daughter eats five things. Chicken nuggets, noodles, eggs, cheese and fruit—the usual suspects. So I’ve been looking for ways to enhance her palate. Here are some recommendations from really smart mommies + daddies.   Daddy’s Special Sauce. Niche marketing is in. And no demographic is too small. […]

Killing All the Unicorns

I’ve always been sensitive to my daughter’s emotions. For years, my husband and I altered words to ensure we didn’t hurt her tiny membranes. Instead of sick, we’d say someone was “lying down.” If someone died, we’d used the word “passed.” My husband and I tiptoed around the sadness of life like clumsy ballerinas. The […]

Mommy is a Liar

We all lie to our kids. Unicorns don’t exist. Anacondas don’t steal cookies at night and putting your hand down the sink isn’t illegal. These lies are harmless. But important. The new lie I made up is also harmless. But equally important. I call it a funny lie. A white, tiny, funny lie. When my […]

Mom Eyes

One of the most important parts of being a parent is imparting fear into your child. Common approaches include: “Don’t run in the parking lot or daddy will die.” “Don’t touch the three-leaved plants or you’ll break a leg.” “Every time you cry, a puppy loses an ear.” Yes, it’s fiction. But fiction works. And […]

She was thin but she wanted to be thinner.

“She was thin, but she wanted to be thinner.” If I ever write a novel, I always thought that’d make a great opening line. To me, it sounds poetically honest. But to most people, I’m sure it comes across like your typical middle class white girl with two kids, a hard-working husband and a dog […]