Our Next Book Is…

lean in

    Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business – has become one of America’s most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives. Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg’s provocative, inspiring...

This is not fiction, this is my life.

baby blues

  Once again, I did not ask for help and it totally backfired on me. I had a really important doctor’s appointment, which took me weeks to get in. I paid my $40 co-pay and I went into the office to see the doctor. Not just me, it was me and my four children. There were five of us waiting in the very small room for the doctor. As soon as the nurse closed the door on us, all of...

Our Next Book is…

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  Author and Guardian US columnist Jessica Valenti has been leading the national conversation on gender and politics for over a decade. Now, in a darkly funny and bracing memoir, Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes from the every day to the existential. Sex Object explores the painful, funny, embarrassing, and sometimes illegal moments that shaped Valenti’s adolescence and young adulthood in New York City, revealing a much shakier inner life than the confident persona she has cultivated as...

I care, because I am Mom.

I have struggled to write over the past few weeks, because I’ve been battling on what is important. Mom issues are very important to me, but social issues are equally important, and social issues have been in the forefront of my mind. Although I’ve been thinking and wanting to write about these social issues, I was trying to decide if this blog was the right platform for this conversation. Then with the help of my husband and sisters, I’ve realized...

Parent Shaming Must Stop.

Once again we have all heard, seen and maybe even participated in parent shaming. Don’t act clueless. You know what I am referring to. This week at the Cincinnati zoo, a young boy fell into a Gorilla den…  Ah, now you know what I am referring to. Well, we have all heard and read the stories about what happened, but let’s talk about what is currently happening. Parent shaming. Once the story surfaced about the young boy in the Gorilla’s...

Who’s Party is this?

who's party is this

Growing up I remember birthday parties to be pizza, cake and ice cream. And the guest list consisted of  my parents, siblings and cousins. There may have been streamers  and balloons that my sisters taped on the walls, and that was it. And guess what? It was the best time ever! It was a party, full of fun and laughter. We all enjoyed each other and celebrated another year. Fast forward to now, and all I see are extravagant birthday...

Stop hiding behind your makeup

One of the problems with mom groups and play-dates, is that so many of us show up pretending like our motherhood journey is easy. As if we did not have to deal with tantrums, massive blowouts, moody pre-teens and a lot of crying before leaving the house. Why is it that we get in these group settings and mask behind our makeup? Raising children is not easy, but we rarely hear that. The perception of motherhood is a bouquet of...

The Past Two Weeks…

The past 14 days  have been AMAZING!!!  Over the last two weeks I released this blog, had birthday breakfast with one of my good friends, played on the playground with my children, was given a surprise Taco and Tequila party (by my husband), went to see Beyonce in concert, celebrated mother’s day with my family, carried my two year old for 2 miles in a 5k (yes, that’s crazy) and the list goes on and on! I could not be more...

Mom Guilt

Wife, Mom, Chef, Taxi Driver and Teacher are some of my roles ,but let’s not forget who I truly am. I am Christine. There have been many times where I have let these roles consume who I am, and therefore I forget to take care of myself . Being a Wife and Mom are awesome, but they don’t define me. There are times when I get so caught up in motherhood, that I forget to do things for myself. Why is it...

Stay in your Lane.

Boundaries. We all have them, But so many people think they are excused from them. As an adult, I am allowed to make decisions on my own without the opinions or permission of others. But why do so many people feel as if they can say what they want, whenever they want?  For instance, child rearing. Don’t give your advice on how I should raise my children, if your advice is not asked for. I carried these kids for nine months,...