Power Ranking Children’s Birthday Parties

This past weekend, our daughter turned six. Because that’s a big thing, we decided to let her have a “proper” party, which meant inviting almost all kids from her class, plus some out-of-school friends. As far as birthday parties go, things went surprisingly well. Read More Power Ranking Children’s Birthday Parties

Adventures In Body Acceptance: Letting Go Of The “Have To”s

I have a confession to make.

In the last few weeks, I’ve only shampooed my hair once (and that was actually kind of an accident).

Some of you are probably thinking, “That’s gross!” Some of you are probably thinking, “I’ve been there.” And some of you are thinking, didn’t I just read about this last week?

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Not Your Average Lullaby

There were lots of Americans talking about patriotism and the 4th of July yesterday at my usual Internet watercoolers, as you can imagine. I reflected a little on the idea that how you interpret patriotism comes from how what values your parents instill in you, and I was reminded of a conversation I had with my mother a while back on her choice of lullabies when I was young. Read More Not Your Average Lullaby

Family Trips: Getting There

This week the Sally J household is counting down to our family trip. According to our five-year-old, we have “three more sleeps” and then we’ll be on the road. She’s exactly right — Saturday morning we’ll be hitting the road and heading to Orlando. Read More Family Trips: Getting There

Tuesday Trivia: Totally Awesome ’80s

So for today’s totally tubular trivia we are headed back to the ’80s.  I have selected some of my favorites from VH1’s Top 25 Songs of the ’80s and given you the opening lyrics.  I don’t care if you weren’t born yet, these songs are so radical that the first few lines should be enough for identification, like, fer sure. Read More Tuesday Trivia: Totally Awesome ’80s

The Joy of Reading

I am an avid reader. Some of my earliest memories include books and stories. My mom tells me when I was potty training, she would sit me on the potty chair with a book and I’d stay there forever. I don’t know what this says about my personality, exactly, but it is definitely a testament to how much I love to read. Read More The Joy of Reading

Lunchtime Poll: 3/11

Last night I played a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos with my kids.  As we played, I remembered how badly I wanted this game when I was little.  I was so jealous of my friends who had it for their very own and could play it whenever they wanted.  But, however much I longed for Hungry Hungry Hippos, it was nothing compared to my lust for Lite-Brite. Read More Lunchtime Poll: 3/11

Today’s Firefly Recap Has Been Called On Account Of The Weather

The two most magical words I know – “Snow Day.”  I live in Georgia.  We don’t get a lot of snow down here.  It kills me sometimes.  I have so many wonderful childhood memories of forts and sledding and snowball fights, I sometimes feel guilty about raising my children in a city that is lucky to see an inch of snow a year. Read More Today’s Firefly Recap Has Been Called On Account Of The Weather