Because I Said So

  • Free Books for New or Light Readers on World Book Night, April 23

    By Stacey Maisch
    April 18, 2012

    When was the last time you read a good book?  Not for an assignment, not for work, but read just for the sheer enjoyment of reading?

    If you’re scratching your head, trying to think ...

  • Vote to Approve Liquor License Referendum on November 8

     

    Moms are a force to be reckoned with.  Advertisers focus on the buying power of moms as their target audience.  School districts rely heavily on a mom volunteer force to ...

  • The Branch in the Bathroom

    When school lets out, I wait on the playground with the other parents for my child to emerge in the sea of short people flooding from the double doors.  In a rush of energy, we catch ...

  • Domesticity -- Death by DVR

     

    I watch TV while I do laundry.  It’s one of my least favorite chores to do, so I figure I may as well zone out to the boob tube for some entertainment while doing it.

  • Mommy: Finder of Lost Things

    “Mommy, where are my shoes?”
    “I think I saw them in the playroom under the foosball table.”

    “Mommy, I can’t find Grievous’ ...

  • Happy ShamWow to Me

    My husband gave me two boxes of ShamWow (ShamWows?  ShamWi?) for my birthday.  Really, he did.  Okay, so there were other "real" gifts in the mix, too.  He ...

  • I Hope No One Got The Flowers

    Chatting with other moms last week, there were a lot of jokes about what we hoped for on Mother’s Day along with some things we would never expect. Some of us wanted nothing more than ...

  • If You Give a Toddler an Easter Egg

    (a tribute to Laura Numeroff and parents of toddlers everywhere)

    If you give a toddler a hard-boiled egg,
    She’ll want to see how far she can throw it.
    When she sees you clean up ...

  • Hunting Bambi


    I think of myself as an animal lover.  I've had cats for pets all of my life, I fondly remember my grandparents' dogs, and I love to see animals running in the wild.  I'm ...

  • Booty Duty

    I am full of crap.  I apologize for the vulgarity, but it’s better than the other four-letter word I could use in its place.  Poop, number two, doo-doo, BMs, it doesn’t ...

  • Suburban X Games

    While snowed and iced in from the weather, I watched some of the Winter X Games this past week with my kids.  We oohed and aahed over the height of the snowboarders and were awed by some of ...

  • The Gift that Keeps on Giving

    Each year, Christmas brings a pleasant mix of tradition and surprise.  There’s a variety of activities, gifts, and gatherings that we all enjoy in their moment.  Some years, ...

  • Anticipation Junkie

    This is my favorite week of the year.  It’s the week before Christmas and all of my shopping is done, Christmas cards are out, hundreds of cookies are baked, the halls are decked and ...

  • The Most Wine-derful Time of the Year

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year

    The kids screaming and yelling

    And parents all telling them “Come back right HERE!”

    It’s the most wonderful time of the ...

  • ThanksGiving Up The Paci

    Once again, I have proven to be the kind of mother I used to criticize.  I know I should be used to the hypocrisy by now, but it still manages to surprise me.  This time, the culprit is ...

  • Command Center

    My life isn’t that glamorous.  Sure, everything I do has an impact on my family, but in the grand scheme of things, my little life is not that important.  I am not a biologist, ...

  • Rushing the Seasons

    I am loving fall.  This is my favorite time of year when the air turns crisp and you pull on jeans and a sweater to head out to football games.  My family is enjoying all of the spoils ...

  • Surviving September

    This month began with excitement and anticipation.  Kids were happy and well-rested from a long summer of little schedule and I was looking forward to regaining a bit of structure to our ...

  • Furniture Shopping with Three Kids

    I was THAT mom today, folks. You know the one to whom I'm referring. When she first walked into the store, you may have glanced at her to smile and offer a pleasant greeting. She was showered, ...

  • The 12 Threats of Christmas

    'Tis the season for decorated trees, lights, cookies, treats, and carols. 'Tis also the season for wound-up, rambunctious, over-stimulated, wild kids. This is why parents everywhere are smiling ...

  • Time Warp

    My daughter is suddenly huge to me. I watched her this morning as she stood on her tippy toes and reached her hand into the bathroom sink for her dropped toothbrush. I was so surprised, I nearly ...

  • The Urge to Purge

    Nothing in my house is safe. I am an unstoppable machine. I look around my house and all I see is clutter. Too many toys, too many clothes, too many decorations, too much stuff. I don't know how or ...

  • The Dreaded Independence

    I am one of the most stubborn people I have ever met. My husband is right up there with me. Instead of the typical yelling and screaming matches most couples have, we tend to have simmering, ...

  • Optimism

    I need to start taking attitude lessons from my kids. Well, I suppose I should amend that to "outlook" lessons instead of "attitude" lessons since I find myself warning them about their attitude on ...

  • Preschool Theology

    We are not a very religious family. I'm lucky if I make it to church two Sundays per month. In fact, to be completely honest, I don't know if I would have become a real "member" of our church if I ...

  • Misery Loves Company

    My kids are wonderful, adorable, happy and healthy children. I love them. Really I do. I know I am blessed.
    Now that that's said and out of the way, I feel I can go on with my message. This ...