Vegan Soy-Free Cake Recipe

This cake recipe has changed our lives. Before we discovered all of his food allergies, my son would get terribly ill after eating the slightest amount of typical party fair, including birthday cake. We have come so far! This recipe came from his preschool director who has multiple grandchildren with an array of food allergies. We now use…

I Almost Choked To Death.

I almost died today. Seriously. And it’s Adele’s fault. Well, not really. Okay, It was totally my fault. (For the record, Adele trying to kill me is the only exaggeration in this story.) I had been singing along with One And Only when I pulled into my garage during a quick stop at home over…

Birds

This is not me but it might as well be, except I would not look so calm. It is common knowledge in my circle that birds are one of two things I face on a daily basis that really, really scare me. (The other is heights.) The animosity between birds and I runs so deep…

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say…

Not to beat a dead horse, but this whole kickboxing thing has opened a can of worms. (Wow, two idioms in one sentence. Sorry.) The whole thing has brought to my attention the need for people to keep their mouths shut, mine included. Better yet, let’s only speak if we’re going to be supportive! I’m also…

Kickboxing Mamas

Yesterday morning I mentioned to my boss, who is also one of my best friends and mentors, that I was going to my first kickboxing class. He instantly started in on me about why it was such a bad idea for me to do something so risky with my “history.” At our 9:00 AM sales meeting,…

Relationships Are Like Toast

This is the takeaway from a conversation I had with my second-grader on our way to his martial arts class earlier this week. It’s good stuff. Something we adults should take stock in. Relationships are like toast. Sometimes, although rare, toast can turn out perfectly golden brown and evenly toasted. No part of the toast is too…

Suburbia

This is my neighborhood. And this is my house. I’m kidding! But it’s close. We moved to a fantastic neighborhood last March and were overwhelmed with how friendly everyone is. I can’t count how many cheerful neighbors delivered homemade cookies and introduced themselves after we moved in. I joked that it was almost creepy. “Everyone is…

Am I Grown Up Now?

Today is my 15th wedding anniversary. (Happy anniversary, Baby!) How is this possible? I’m 38 years old, but what actually makes me feel “old” is the fact that I’ve been married for 15 years. It’s not a bad thing at all. I just feel different. You guys, I think maybe I officially became an adult today. Whoa….

To Hell and Back, Part 1

As promised, I’ve finally gathered the energy to recap the trip to Colorado that nearly did my family in and explain how it relates to me seeing Adele this summer (part 3). As I write this, my children are safe in their beds sleeping peacefully as if it never happened. The younger one doesn’t even remember the…

To Hell and Back, Part 2: Crash and Burn

Continued from Part 1. ER trips and ambulance rides to treat hypoglycemia and adrenal crises were routine for us during that time. The night before we were to leave for Colorado was no different. He ended up vomiting which led to hypoglycemia. Luckily there was no hospital admission this time only fluids and high doses of…

To Hell and Back: Part 3, Rising From the Ashes

Click to read Part 1 and Part 2. The following 18 months or so after returning from Colorado continued to be very difficult. We almost lost him numerous times. The ambulance rides and hospital admissions seemed like they would never end. But they did. Things gradually improved as we worked very closely with his specialists…

Giggle

I have a terrible problem. For whatever reason, I often laugh at inappropriate times. It doesn’t matter if someone is hurt or angry; if I find any part of it funny, the laughter escapes and I instantly look like a jerk. And the harder I try to stop, the more difficult it becomes to control….