Milk anything? Udderly impossible!


THE KANSAS CITY STAR (July 12, 2014) BY STACEY HATTON Summertime is a perfect time to chat with friends at the pool while your children work off some energy by sending waves into each other’s faces. Mom topics are diverse, but when someone asked, “Can anything with nipples be milked?” some serious research was in order. As a nurse, lactation is something I have studied and experienced first hand, but never had this question come up. So when choosing another adventure for my goofy ... [ Read More ]

Are You Kidding Me? My Life With An Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives


Every two years, I am blessed to attend the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. At this conference I meet so many hilarious women (and a few gents) who temporarily strengthen my abs by making me laugh until I feel as if I’ve just completed a Zumba class. Minus the throbbing thighs and glutes. At my first Erma conference in 2012, I briefly met another humor writer, Stacey Gustafson. Throughout my life I have only met a handful of Stacey’s with an “e-y,” so I knew immediately she was good ... [ Read More ]

Mommy Marathon Takes this Nurse on Weeklong Sabbatical

As of tomorrow (Friday 7/11//14) I'm going to do a Mommy Marathon with my munchkins for about a week. They are going to get all of my attention as I take a hiatus from the keyboard. I like to do this at least once during the summer to bond with them, reboot my personal hard drive, and drink margaritas after they go to sleep. Plus, we always manage to come up with a LOT of new blog material!! See you right back here on the 21st for the update on our Munchkin Adventures!! Just in case you ... [ Read More ]

MUNCHKIN ROADS: Laser Tagging with a Celebrity


Driving to play laser tag with another blogger and her kids, the munchkins want more details than I'm ready to share. It went a little bit like dis... Munchkin #1: What is your friend's blog name? Me: (trying to merge onto the interstate) Honey, I'm kind of busy here. M1: Her blog is famous, right? What's it called? Me: She has a new book coming out that she wrote. That's exciting, right? M1: MOM! What is her blog?!!! Me: ..... M1: Mom. Me: People I Want to Punch in the Throat M1: And ... [ Read More ]

Parenting Tale #234: Big Date Night and I Didn’t Even See my Husband

(Since this weekend was my anniversary, I promised my wonderful hubby I wouldn't work. So here is a repurposed post from 2012.) Did you ever have one of the best date nights of your married life, and embarrassingly you didn’t spend more than five minutes with your spouse? I know this sounds like the beginning of the end, but don’t you worry your pretty little heads, the Hubs and I are doing great and are in for the long haul…I want that 50 year anniversary picture in the paper and the ... [ Read More ]

7 Essential Things for Fourth of July Safety


I love America just as much as anyone who loves football, country music and apple pie. OK, maybe not THAT much. But as the song goes, “I’m proud to be a ‘Merican! Yee haw, Dude!” With that being said, when the 4th of July comes around every year, I proudly place the grand ole flag in the front of our house, and pull out everything that I can find which is red, white and blue. Looks like Betsy Ross barfed all over us and the munchkin’s bikes – gotta make a bang for the 4th of July bike ... [ Read More ]

MUNCHKIN ROADS: Bridging Over No-Troubles Water to Brownies


Big weekend for Munchkin#2. Most of the time, Munchkin#1 has all of the extra-curricular activities. But other than theatre, M2 only participates in something she holds dear to her heart. Girl Scouts! This is the one activity that her older sister isn't involved in, so she holds her head high knowing that M1 can't do what she can. I'm assuming this is something that the youngest child in families typically feels. Being the oldest, I'm looking at this relationship between siblings differently ... [ Read More ]

6 Signs You Might be Shopping with a 2nd Grader

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For the past eight years I have struggled with taking my children grocery shopping. I love my girls, but their behavior in public is like getting stabbed in the ears with chopsticks. Their indoor voices aren’t their strong suit. In fact, for years I’ve tried everything to make sure they aren’t with me when I’m at the supermarket. I’ve even written about their behavior in a book I co-authored – but did that change them? Nope. If the kids are invited to a play date, I’ll grab my list, drop ... [ Read More ]

How to Best Clean Indoor Air for the Allergic Child


(This post was sponsored by The Blogger Collective) The hay fever season is over; the trees are not pollinating your sinuses, yet your child still has allergy symptoms. Perhaps it isn’t what is going on outdoors, but inside your house the allergens lurk. Thankfully, with persistence and consistency you can make home smelling “Home Sweet Home” for any allergic child. Perennial allergic rhinitis, also known as year-round inflammation of the nose, consists of several indoor allergens. The ... [ Read More ]

Munchkin #2 Presents: “Mimi Cheesey Goes to the Hospital”


Something terrifying occurred to me today. We here in the Midwest are into summer break now one month. ONE MONTH!!! Do you know what that means? I still have nine weeks of not knowing what on earth to do to keep my kids entertained. You would think after several years, I'd have a clue how to figure these things out. But I'm not a planner. I don't have a full calendar of events scheduled. Usually, I'm not even sure what I'm supposed to do after my coffee. God bless those overachieving ... [ Read More ]

The Plight of the Dangler

little girl in an office chair black on a white background

I come from a long line of danglers. Both my grandmothers dangled, my great-grandmother who only ate cottage cheese and carrot sticks was a dangler. And having two girls of my own, the probability of one of them dangling is dang good. What is a dangler, you ask? If you were sitting in the bathroom stall next to mine, it would be quite obvious what problem I struggle with (other than dangling prepositions). I am short. My feet can’t reach the floor in any adult-sized chair. ... [ Read More ]