When a book is so good that I’d rather read than go to a complimentary happy hour… that’s saying something. So I must tell you about this book.
Welcome to PeanutMom
A blog about attempting to make your own humans and failing miserably (but eventually succeeding). Parenting, marriage stresses, working mom life, aging parents, being an imperfect human, and a nice sprinkling of random on top of it all.
Keeping Busy in a Pandemic (i.e., all the hobbies!!)
What does one do with an abundance of free time, thanks to a global pandemic? Find ways to fill it, of course! Check out all the projects and hobbies I took on in 2020.
A dog named Kitty. A boy dog with a girl’s name. A species-confused, overly vocal, Kleenex-and-paper-towel-eating canine. My first fur baby. And a terribly broken heart after saying good-bye.
What happened when I gave up Facebook
Today marks two months since I gave up social media. Things are different—and way, way better.
Jay and the 23andMe Mystery
I’ve always wanted to be part of one of those 23andMe-induced family-secret-unearthing stories, but I was certain that my farm-roots family meant there’d be no surprises. Then came an out-of-the-blue email from a guy named Jay.
Lou Gehrig’s Disease
The neurologist took a deep breath while I held mine. And then he said it. “I think this is Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
My Gym Survival Gear
Getting up at 4:30am five days a week takes dedication, determination, and probably a little bit of insanity. It’s a lot easier to pull off a regular gym habit when you have the right equipment, both in and out of the gym, to help you out. These are the things I can’t live without.
DIY Wooden Ruler Height Chart
We measured our height on a door in our basement when I was growing up, but when we later sold the farmhouse, that door—and all the memories it contained—stayed behind. For less than it costs to buy one, you can make your own wall-mounted wooden ruler height chart. Best of all, it can travel with you no matter where you live.
How to stop your kid’s thumbsucking.
I’ve tackled some big challenges in my life. Infertility was a doozy. A month in traction was another. But nothing prepared me for the challenge of breaking my five-year-old of her thumbsucking habit. Buckle in, friends. It’s gonna get crazy.
Is it weird to say ‘A gym changed my life’?
Sounds like a bunch of feel-good bullshit, right? Well, in my case, it’s not bullshit. And despite it sounding kind of silly, joining my gym was the impetus for incredible change in my life. Here’s how it happened.