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Hands

Recently my family went out to dinner. It was a “no one wants to cook” kind of night, and we ended up at  Wood and Tap, a chain-type place with…

40 is 40

My friend Tara can plan a celebration like no one else, and her very own 40th birthday was no exception, so I’m thrilled that she agreed to share her day…

Top 15 Middle Grade Gift Books

My kids love to read. They bring books everywhere, and they frequently get busted for sneaking books late at night, hours after they should be asleep. My fifth grade son’s…

A Ten-Point Guide for Buying Blind Bags for Your Kids

Have your kids recently become obsessed with blind bags? Me too. Have you considered just dumping the cash you’ve spent on these mystery toy items directly into the toilet while…

Bake It Happen on Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

I’ve said the phrase “Fucking cancer” too many times to count. Just this month I screamed it when my friend Matt lost both parents within a year, I whisper it…

Hilarious memes about kids and chores.

Funny Memes About Kids and Chores

  Some people may say I’m lazy, and some people would be right about that. I’ve always been this way, which is great for my blood pressure and my temperament,…

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is complicated for those who don’t have dads, for those who have fathers who have repeatedly disappointed them, and for people like me, whose fathers have died. I’m…

The Thing About the First Day of School

I like to think I’m levelheaded, so it always takes me by surprise when my emotions take over my better judgement. From commercials that make me cry to seemingly normal…

Trust

Today’s political climate makes my heart hurt. It’s frustrating, and polarizing, and is damaged enough that a good number of Americans have a “Fuck it. Burn it to the ground…

Summer is a season full of promise. Here's how to make it great!

Motherhood

I’m not sure how I got here, wide awake at four am on Mother’s Day morning. Both of my kids have always been great sleepers. While my husband wishes he…

Raise your hand if you're excited for summer mornings!

Is It Summer Yet?

I don’t need a calendar or the weather to know what time of year it is, experiencing mornings in our house tells me everything I need to know. Summer is…

The sun is glistening on the cobwebs in the corners which tells me it's time for spring cleaning! Get my lazy girl's guide to easy cleaning here! #SpringClean16 #Walmart

I Clean, You Clean, We All Need to Spring Clean

What is it about this time of year that makes me want to spring clean? Is it the sun trying to shine through the grimy windows? Is it the increased…

This simple blue mug holds more than coffee; it holds my memories.

Mugs and Memories

It isn’t much to look at, but I love it nonetheless. I reach for it in the morning when the house is quiet and the day is new. It is…

I'm sure my daughter will learn that complaining about your body is something girls do, but she won't learn it from me.

How My Daughter Changed My Body Image

I have friends who marvel at how powerful they felt after giving birth. They say the experience of making and growing a whole human helped them realize what incredible feats…

I'm a terrible gift-giver, but once I gave my husband a Christmas gift that shocked him with its greatness.

The Best Gift I Ever Gave My Husband

Once, I gave my husband a great gift, and by that I mean only once ever. I’m not talking about the gift of my love, although that really should be…

Slow cooking isn't just for roasts and stews! If you have a crockpot, but rarely use it, read these tips, tricks, and ideas for why and when you can use a slow cooker. I love mine for summer recipes, holiday meals, and easy dinner ideas my family loves!

11 Reasons to Love Your Slow Cooker

Today I spent 15 minutes making dinner, and that included the time it took me to wash my Crock Pot insert from dinner last night. I can’t tell you how…

The Scars You Can See

Every time I shave my legs, I brush my hand over the scar that runs several inches along my right shin. It has been almost thirty years since I sliced…

Summer is a season full of promise. Here's how to make it great!

Summertime

I’m one of those moms who like summer. I can’t help it. It’s always been my favorite. From the time I was a child, summer held the promise of hot…

Lessons of motherhood are learned from experience and from the other mothers in our life. I am eternally grateful for the women who have guided me in my journey as a mom.

Lessons of Motherhood

When my husband and I decided to have children, we had a large group of people we called friends. Some were friends from childhood, others college, and still others were…

How to Decorate Easter Eggs with Silk Ties | This is an easy Easter craft that makes a great spring decoration!

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties

My friend Elaine is super crafty. She plans amazing themed parties for her twin grandkids’ birthdays, and when her son and daughter-in-law flew here from Colorado to celebrate their recent…

Amy Flory in I Still Just Want to Pee Alone, the follow-up to the New York Times Best Selling anthology, I Just Want to Pee Alone

I STILL Just Want to Pee Alone

I have some news to share, and it’s not about the newest book in the Pee Alone series. Back in the fall I got a new job, which was perfect…

Tips for Taking Kids to Church

“I’ll go to church when the kids are older.” “I’m too busy keeping them quiet to get anything out of it anyway.” “People give us looks when we bring the…

The Long Winter

We are halfway through February, and my kids have had it up to here with the weather. “Is winter almost over?” they ask hopefully. Every morning they come downstairs, rubbing…

Hilarious Valentine's Day cards for real couples!

Valentine’s Day Cards for Real Couples

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you’re like me, you spent some time this week searching for the perfect card for those you love. You opened and closed countless cards that declared…

This simple homemade stain remover really works! | FunnyIsFamily.com |

Easy Homemade Stain Remover

Yesterday, both of my kids came downstairs dressed in white – a white tee for Graham, and all white for Lily. They looked like they were ready for a day…

Making the case for New Year's resolutions.

Making the Case for New Year’s Resolutions

I think New Year’s resolutions get a bad rap. Sure most people don’t follow through with their plans, and sure I’m one of those people, but there is something wonderful…

Making Friends and Strangers Jealous in One Easy Step

Do you like making people jealous? Of course you do! What if I told you that for just a few dollars you could make both friends and strangers green with…

The Time I Almost Died on My Way to Target

The rain that was still falling had turned the roads dark and shiny, and the rush hour traffic was hitting the brake lights pretty hard. But that’s not how I…

Cooking With Kids

Back in the spring, one of the preschool mothers compiled a cookbook of my daughter and her classmates’ favorite recipes. It was an adorable mix of real recipes and the…

#PoweringSafety for Halloween with @FunnyIsFamily and @Energizer!

Hurricanes and Snowstorms on Halloween? Oh, My!

Halloween falls at a time of year that is known for wild, unpredictable weather for many parts of the country, and we need to be prepared for anything. Last year…