Practical Ways to Have It All

Practical Ways to Have It All

Even for women not collecting a paycheck, I know that you are not sitting around eating Bonbons watching daytime soaps. You’re involved with the PTA, a charity or two, countless activities for your children, assisting in a family business, renting a property, home schooling, and helping your older family members, often with a spouse that works a busy work schedule. You can think of a million things that you could do with extra time each week, like maybe dedicate some time to yourself.

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Worst End-of-the-School-Year Mom

Worst End-of-the-School-Year Mom

If you refuse to buy your kids new pants even though they are way too short because you know they'll be wearing shorts in a few more days, then you are an end-of-the-school-year mom. Also, this is totally what I'm wearing to preschool drop-off. I'm the mom in the middle smoking a cig showing off my belly.

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On Becoming a Writer

On Becoming a Writer

I allowed my husband to go a men-only ski trip with a bunch of middle-aged neighbors as long as he promised to tell me everything in an effort to gather material. He broke his collarbone on the slopes, rendering him one-armed for six weeks, and gave me only the tiniest morsels of gossip. Boy, did that plan backfire on me.

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Dear Residents of the South Seas Tower (Part 2),

Dear Residents of the South Seas Tower (Part 2),

The judgement that I saw in your eyes was something that I’d never witnessed before. And, I’m no stranger to the looks that my children attract. The stares that I got in the grocery store over a child throwing a tantrum was nothing compared to an entire pool deck of half-awake seniors judging on my parenting style. With few other children around, I was completely outnumbered. After this year, the score is: Seniors (1), Howards (0).

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A Letter to the Residents of the South Seas Towers

A Letter to the Residents of the South Seas Towers

I understand that you like it to be quiet around your swimming pool. I understand that you’ve already scolded my mother, of retirement age herself, for using her cell phone at the pool instead of observing the quiet rules. A brief phone conversation by a 70-year-old lady is going to be a refreshing Spring picnic compared to the havoc that my children are going to wreak at the pool. In other words, you’ve seen nothing yet.

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Week In Review

Week In Review

I've been branching out into lifestyle pieces recently in addition to the parenting subjects. My articles aren't just for moms anymore. I've had another busy week, getting three posts published (two on the Huffington Post #HuffPost and one on Traveling Mom #TMOM):

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Regardless of Political Affiliation, Can We All Agree to Shorten the Election Campaign Season?

Regardless of Political Affiliation, Can We All Agree to Shorten the Election Campaign Season?

Regardless of your political affiliation, we can all learn something from the Irish electoral process. Recently in Ireland, the general election for Parliament (“Dail”) and Prime Minister (Taoiseach”) was announced. The general election was announced on February 3rd and is scheduled for February 26, 2016, resulting in just a twenty-three day period in which candidates can be announced, selected, vetted, and voted upon.

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10 Things that Happened while DH Traveled for Work

10 Things that Happened while DH Traveled for Work

I read this hilarious article today and since DH travels extensively, I immediately could relate: http://www.scarymommy.com/the-20-thoughts-moms-have-when-their-husbands-are-away-on-business/.

In addition to echoing this author’s thoughts, I swear that something always happens while DH’s in another time zone. Like some terrible Murphy’s Law that only strikes while I’m single mothering it. I’m a nervous wreck about everyone’s safety, have the security system armed at

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