Marriage Boot Camp

by Shannon Hembree on November 20, 2013

I saw a story online about a little something called marriage boot camp. The video clip of the endeavor showed couples doing delightful things together like ropes courses and trust falls. Isn’t that just so…super de duper cute? And don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it’s a super de duper great bonding experience. But boot camp for marriage? Not so much.

Marriage is a long-haul proposition, and if you have ever been in a long-haul relationship you know…it’s not all trust falls and ropes courses. There is no way that ropes courses and fun weekends in the woods can prepare you for it. In fact, fun weekends in the woods once you have kids won’t be a challenging bonding experience, they will be a much-sought-after weekend away that will rarely – if ever – materialize. And don’t get me wrong – those little bundles of joy are…everything…but no ropes course in the world can prepare you – or your relationship – for them.

With that said, I’m game for the boot camp theory – but my version of this boot camp would be a little different. So bear with me now…let’s just say…shall we…that most married couples eventually have kids. If that truly is the case, here’s a boot camp that is a tad more appropriate.

Marriage Boot Camp Itinerary…Mamas Style… [click to continue…]

Goblins, Giveaways, and Fairytale Sprays

by Shannon Hembree on October 21, 2013

FTWSmallLogoEvery mom has one of those ideas…you know…those ideas that will revolutionize the way we live our lives…that will make us piles of money.

But here’s the thing…How many of us make it beyond the idea phase and turn those ideas into walking, talking, money-making products?

It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. Meet Debbie Glickman, the founder of Fairytale Wishes, Inc., a line of natural aromatherapy sprays to help children overcome common childhood anxieties. She’s one of the few people who not only had a great idea, but who also turned that idea into a successful business endeavor. [click to continue…]

Calling All Moms! Instead of This…How About This…

October 4, 2013

Instead of This… We are too fat. We are too thin. We let ourselves go after having kids. We didn’t feed our kids enough organic foods. We fed them too much sugar. We let them watch too much TV. We let them play too many video games. We did not read to them enough. We […]

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Happy Hug a Friend Day!

September 18, 2013

We all have those moments as moms – those moments when we wonder how in the heck we are going to make it through the day. Those are the times when having friends – really good friends – is a blessing unmatched by all else. In honor of all of those amazing women out there, […]

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Be Brave, Be Kind, Be Wise

September 2, 2013

By ML Philpott from I Miss You When I Blink. Back to school. Time to start being responsible(ish) again. Sigh. I’m not sure if I’m a Tiger Mom or a Sloth Mom or a Shark Mom or an Exotic Albino Sandflea Mom or what. Honestly, I don’t know what in the name of Athena’s flashcards I’m […]

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Fun Things I Discovered This Summer

August 9, 2013

Hollywood Hilarity. This summer I discovered Meredith Hoffa. And I think I love her. She’s sarcastic. She’s funny. I think that maybe if I had any sense of style at all…and I were Hollywood gorgeous…and super hip and cool…I could be her! I’m just sayin…so if you love you some trash TV, and you love […]

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Our Mommy Sabbatical

April 23, 2013

We’re taking a sabbatical. No, not the kind that involves travel, learning, or grant money. The kind that involves our kids. We think it’s safe to say that the events of the last year have reminded us not only of the importance of each other, but also of how great it is to have kids […]

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What Mamas Have to Say Monday

April 15, 2013

It’s What Mamas Have to Say Monday! Each Monday, our panel of mommy bloggers weighs in on wacky questions that we – or you – think up. Have a question you want our panel to answer? e-mail it to us at We’ll notify you if your question is selected! Here’s what mamas are saying […]

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And the Mom of the Year Award Goes To…

April 12, 2013

Here’s a shout out to all those amazing ladies who think they are excelling as wives, mothers, AND women! Anybody? (Insert cricket noise). Nobody? Darn. I thought so. I know many amazing wives (not in the biblical sense), moms, and women who are doing a great job, but none of it is easy, and at […]

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Sticky Sweet: The Thing about Sugar-Free Foods

April 10, 2013

As I wander the aisles of the grocery store trying to restrain myself from tackling to the cold, tile floor the folks who still put loaves of Wonder White Bread and flame retardant (that’s Mountain Dew and Gatorade) in their carts, one of the things that gives me chills is the “Sugar-Free” label.

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