Stay Strong Sister.

Dear tired travel softball mom, Stay strong sister. When we spread our blanket on the beach near you at the end of a difficult day, I had no idea how happy you would make me. We were on the last day of a family vacation. A vacation where I told my kids over and over

Stop telling me to take a bath and be happy.

I’m calling out every blog, magazine, and person who keeps telling me that The Secret to happiness is a long list of pampering disguised as self-care. I’m literally starting to get stressed out trying to fit in and afford all of these things people keep claiming I need to do. If your calendar looks anything

When you look at me, I know what you see.

When you look at me, I know what you see. Your face and words say it all clearly: “you’re so fun! So crazy. So funny/strong/smart/organized/put together!” Go ahead. Scroll my Facebook page. I’ve got all the “required” pics. Smiley, happy, spouse selfie? Check. Happy, well behaved kids displaying equal parts good behavior and precocious curiosity?