Grass is Always Greener on the Golf Course

Landscape of a beautiful green golf course with sky

(This post is sponsored by The Blogger Collective.) When I moved out of the house into the dormitory freshman year of college, my folks decided it was time to start a new chapter of their lives. They bought a beautiful home on one of our town’s golf courses and then conveniently forgot to give me a key. True story. Only a little bitter now. Sometime during my first or second year, they gave up a copy of their house key – but it probably was when they needed me to feed the cats while ... [ Read More ]

Baby Staying Safe in the Summer Sun: Understanding SPF


Do you miss the sun throughout the winter but in the summer months feel like you should live in a cave to protect your infant’s delicate skin from the sun? You are not alone in your frustration. A cave may not be necessary, but the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says that sun protection should begin in infancy and continue throughout life. However, the AAD warns, “It may only take 15 minutes of midday summer sun to burn a fair-skinned (child).” Dr. Aundria Speropoulos, a pediatrician ... [ Read More ]

Getting off my Bucket: I Spy Ladies Who Laser Tag


I’ve been afraid of guns for decades. Ever since a tragic accident killed a beloved young boy a few blocks from my childhood home, I’ve steered clear of all firing arms. While recently constructing my Bucket List, shooting activities never crossed my mind. Why would I need to fire a firearm before I die? Sounded like a bad miniseries just waiting to happen. But how would I live out my Charlie’s Angels fantasy without fashioning a weapon? No gun ranges for this mom and Paint Ball seemed ... [ Read More ]

My Dream Home isn’t Pink and Plastic


(This post was sponsored by The Blogger Collective) Last Christmas, Santa brought my daughter the new and fabulous Barbie Dream House. A far cry from the one my back yard neighbor had, but the excitement was comparable. Not only does the 2013 version have a working elevator and doorbell, it has so many new features from when I was playing with everything pink and plastic. The kitchen has a recycling bin, a blender that makes noise and an oven light. I remember my friends having a stove, ... [ Read More ]

Fear of Needles: The Bigger the Patient, the Faster They Fall


(This post was sponsored by The Blogger Collective) Many years ago, I worked as a full-time registered nurse in a primary care teen clinic. We treated all kids who had gone through puberty; up through the time they finished high school. Let’s just say, I learned a lot! I was one of two nurses who were there daily for eight years, so I felt I got enough experience with teenagers. Because of that I’ve advised my munchkins to skip that pesky adolescence phase because I don’t need to go ... [ Read More ]

Need a Relaxing Stay-cation? Send Kids to Camp!

traditional soup cooking on fire in tourism pot

(This post is sponsored by The Bloggers Collective) You are a couple weeks into summer with all your kids home 24/7, so you naturally start to contemplate going crazy as a good alternative, just so you can have a room to yourself at the psych hospital. Can you relate?! The skilled parent (of whom I can only name on one hand) will have planned activities for every week, so that there aren’t constant whines of, “I’m bored!” Come on! What would summer be without the soul ... [ Read More ]

KC Live Mommy Panel Dishing on Pool Etiquette

Woman hand with cocktail glass near swimming pool

One of my favorite parts of the month is being able to join two of the funniest ladies in Kansas City on KSHB-TV's KC Live! morning television show. Usually, our lovely interviewer Michelle Davidson leads the way; but rumor was she either had some gig traveling with Cirque du Soleil or was headlining at the Branson Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede riding ostriches. I think she deserved a day off because of her being fabulous and all; so the cutie patootie, Crystal - "just Crystal" - took ... [ Read More ]

That Summer in NYC With No Air Conditioning


This post was sponsored by The Bloggers Collective Chillin’ with My Boys in NYC Do you remember that insane time I lived in New York City on the Upper West Side? You don’t? That’s too bad because I hoped maybe you could help me with some of the foggy details of my intoxicating year of job searches, auditions for Broadway shows, cabaret acts in smoky bars and the last few nights when I was kicked out of my apartment and forced to live in a crack hotel. Hmm. I guess I do remember a bit ... [ Read More ]

Summer Myths of Poison Ivy, Mosquito Bites & Sunburns


(first posted on Nurse Mommy Laughs May 2013) Are YOU as Smart as Your Pediatrician? Welcome to the game show Are You as Smart as Your Pediatrician?! Today’s contestant is Dr. Bryan Wohlwend from Priority Care Pediatrics. Are you ready to see if you are as smart as this pediatrician by answering these questions regarding summertime? We’ll find out soon if you know your heated facts or are you just caught up in the tall tales of summer. Let’s begin. True or False: 1) Poison ivy ... [ Read More ]

My Aunt, the Crazy Feral Cat Lady


There are dog people. There are cat people. And there are people who prefer animals to people. My Great Aunt Fedalma, or Feddy Lorretti, as I called her the last year of her life, fit the last two categories to a tee. This woman in my genetic pool was so complex an entire book should be dedicated to her and her idiosyncrasies; but I won’t tackle that one. Hopefully, someone in the family will. Lord knows there is a wealth of wacko for them to delve into. But one of the most ... [ Read More ]

Drama Queens Crying Over Spilled Yogurt


Do you happen to have melodramatic, or as I like to say “passionate,” children in your home? In the medical world, we say these creative kids are predominately using their right-brain more than the analytical or left-side of the brain. At our house we are a 50-50 brain split. My husband, the engineer has his mini-version of himself (our cute - but girly daughter, Munchkin #1) and this writer/nurse/ex-theatre gal has a “mini-me.” (Prayers are welcomed!) It works out great during family ... [ Read More ]