The Prettiest Sugar Cookies (Dough and Icing Recipe)

The Prettiest Sugar Cookies (Dough and Icing Recipe)

The only thing better than baking and decorating Christmas sugar cookies is doing it with your best friend who has come to visit from across the country. I tried to kidnap her and make her stay forever, using these delicious, soft, almondy cookies as bait (it didn't work). When I was about 8, the movie Little [...]

The Dos and Don’ts of Parent-Teacher Conferences

The Dos and Don’ts of Parent-Teacher Conferences

I am a teacher. I am also a parent. Because my son is only one, I have yet to attend a parent-teacher conference from the other side of the desk, but I know that in about 4 years, they will become a thrice-annual part of my life. Because I'm a teacher, I've begun to stockpile advice for my future self to be mindful of when attending these thrilling events, and I thought it would only be right to share these little tidbits with all three of you reading this post. So here you go.

How to Make a Social Media-Worthy Journey Through Your First Year of Parenthood in 8 Easy Steps

How to Make a Social Media-Worthy Journey Through Your First Year of Parenthood in 8 Easy Steps

Finding out you're pregnant is a terrifying emotional and wonderful experience. Although there are few things as nerve-wracking as trying to shoot pee onto a tiny stick held in your shaking hands in the shadows of a dimly lit bathroom on Christmas morning (that was my experience, anyway) this is actually one of the easiest steps of the journey [...]

Apparently, Not Every Mother Knows Best

Apparently, Not Every Mother Knows Best

I have to admit, I've been incredibly fortunate as a new mom. All of the advice I've gotten from others up to this point has been very much solicited by me. As far as I know, as a mom, I haven't been the object of many judgemental stares, and I have yet to find myself on the wrong end of a pointed finger. Actually, come to think of it, neither end of a pointed finger is really the good one to be on. Sure, nobody likes to be lectured on the finer points of parenting, but I don't know how much pride can really be held in being the one doing the lecturing either.

The Perks of Being a Dad-Flower

The Perks of Being a Dad-Flower

Moms - have you ever wished that you could spend one day in the life of a dad, just to see what it's like to do the things you never get to do? You know, like peeing standing up and saving the dishes for an undisclosed amount of time only vaguely referred to as "later"? Sometimes I [...]

I Dropped My Baby off at Daycare and Went on Dates for a Week

I Dropped My Baby off at Daycare and Went on Dates for a Week

When you live in a city without retired parents to help take care of your kids, daycare is a lifesaver. When you have time off of work, and want to squeeze in a few day dates with your husband, daycare is also a lifesaver. I didn't always understand this, but I do now. Back when [...]

What Do I Have to be Thankful For? A Lot. A Lot. A Lot.

What Do I Have to be Thankful For? A Lot. A Lot. A Lot.

This past year has given me so much to be thankful for. I'm so thankful that I want to shout it from the top of a mountain. But I don't have a mountain. I have a blog page and the Internet. I write blogs. That's what I do. And today's top story, in Kayla Young's world, reads something like this: (You'll have to click to find out 😉 )