unexpected stories

Coffee+Crumbs: If Any of You Mention Oils, I Will Punch You in the Face

I’m over at Coffee+Crumbs today talking about what could be considered the prequel to last week’s Oils Can Save Us from the Zombie Apocalypse. Taking your child to the pediatrician’s office is the worst. When you walk through the door and turn toward the Sick Side of the waiting room you can almost feel the germs descend onto your scalp and lay eggs in your eyebrows. Your child is of course oblivious  (…) READ MORE

Oils Can Save Us from the Zombie Apocalypse

Remember the internet before people discovered essential oils?  Me neither.  I like to pretend that I’m immune to all these excited friends talking about how oils cured their abscessed bellybutton warts – with pictures – but I can only take so much before my natural cynicism crumbles for the promise of a flu-less existence.  Oils can save us from paper cuts, bad trips to the hair stylist, excessive armpit hair, and  (…) READ MORE

Some of My Best Friends Are: Thoughts on Race and Community

I’m so excited to introduce you to Laila, a blogger at FrontRowMama.com. She and I have enjoyed many a late-night Twitter conversation and I’ve benefitted from all she has to say and I know you guys will, too. Her son, whom she calls “BB” for “baby boy,” is 8 years old, and they live in the Chicago area. As you know, we care a whole lot about cultivating healthy friendships around  (…) READ MORE

The Ripping and Together of Adoption

This morning we had our domestication hearing for Ana, the final step in her adoption process. Woo-hoo! We followed our lawyer through the large courtroom packed with people awaiting hearings into a small room behind it. The judge started off the proceeding by saying this: I want to thank you for bringing this case to my attention. You saw all the people waiting in the courtroom. Everyone out there is  (…) READ MORE

10 Things I Learned in 2014

Lists.  This is that time of the year, when we take stock of our lives and list the old and the new and try to quantify what’s happened.  I don’t know about you, but the second half of my year has flown, a hodgepodge of good and bad, but all…quick.  In an effort to mark, to pause, to remember, here are 10 things I learned in 2014. 1. Adding a  (…) READ MORE

It's Okay to Suck at Some Stuff

Yesterday I tried to make a dessert.  Oh dear unholy hobbit. My mother has the spiritual gift of baking.  I have the spiritual gift of sarcasm.  Yesterday I forgot that and tried to get out of my lane and make something with my own hands.  And it ended badly. I blame the internet.  Someone posted something called Crock Pot Christmas Crack* on Facebook, and while I usually scroll past all recipes  (…) READ MORE

Wildly Co. Ethical Children's Clothing

Are you looking for Christmas ideas for your kids?  Today I’m so excited to introduce you to Hayley Morgan, who along with her husband Mike has created a fun new line of ethical children’s clothing!  Here’s what she has to say about Wildly Co. Wildly Co. was created because we love families, we also know that kids go through a crazy amount of clothes. There wasn’t a one-stop shop where  (…) READ MORE