About Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from an undergraduate degree in political philosophy to a medical degree to a stay-at-home mom, poet and writer by the age of 30. Now she spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog, except when it’s serious, about life, parenting, marriage, culture, religion and politics. She has a muse of a husband, two young kids, four cats, one dog, and a readership that gives her hope for humanity.

How To Help A New Mama Friend

I think of visits to my new baby-mama friends in three categories: Needs food. Needs errands. Needs company. Each mama may need only one or a combination of all three. NEEDS FOOD Organizing meals is easy these days. Take Them A Meal is fabulous (as are all the other websites people use I’m sure), and people […]

5 Date Nights For Summertime or Anytime

While keeping the kids entertained is vital to summer sanity, it’s equally important to take the time to spend a few hours with my fabulous husband. Here are 5 fun date night ideas in Richmond or anywhere: 1) Nature: Walking, running, biking is so much more fun together. Richmond is full of so many beautiful […]

5 Fun and Inexpensive Craft Ideas For Summertime (Or Anytime)

We are halfway through the summer and all my exciting tricks are not so exciting anymore so I’m turning to the Internet to help me. And not just Netflix. Here’s some of my crafts and activity finds to keep the second part of summer as amazing as the first: Doll Swing Craft: Only $3 at the […]

Summer Academics Or Summer Forget-Its?

Part 1: 5 Ways To Make Summer Parenting Easier Part 2: Our Summer Fun List Part 3: Our Summer Chore List One of the more frustrating things about typical American education is the three-month summer break. Not that we aren’t taking full advantage of lazy mornings, pools and vacation time, but year-round school makes so much […]

Summer Chore List (Part 3 of Our Summer at Home)

Part 1: 5 Ways To Make Summer Parenting Easier Part 2: Our Summer Fun List Now summer can’t all be fun because dishes don’t wash themselves (sadly) so I’m implementing our summer chore time where the kids do at least one chore most days of the week. Already we have some chores that are just done […]

Our Summer Fun List

The kids and I sat down over the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day Weekend, and made our summer fun list. I thought I’d piggyback off of my previous post, 5 Ways To Make Summer Parenting Easier, and share some of the ideas here. Pocahontas State Park: We haven’t been as a family and heard the […]

5 Ways To Make Summer Parenting Easier

A few years ago, I wrote a post entitled “I Am Not A Summer Parent,” where I detailed why having no schedules and being the one in charge day after day was not for me. It was all true but not how I wanted to stay. I wanted to find joy in all the seasons even […]

I Miss The Days When My Kids Did Not Know April Fool’s Day Existed

April Fools Day is upon us, which means I’ll be spending the day trying to come up with pranks that won’t get my kids’ kicked out of school. I miss the days when they didn’t know April 1st existed. So far I found a fake ketchup bottle craft where a string comes out instead of […]

Fashion Tips: An Interview With A Five-Year-Old Fashionista

My 5-year-old is a much better dresser than me. She’s fancy while spunky, classic while trendy, and just has that magical eye to see a jaunty headband would make all the difference. Since my daughter is always in style, I thought she could help us old people figure out how to keep up, keep in, […]

The Best YouTube Videos You Might Have Missed, Which Would Be Terrible

Now that we’ve had a break from the snow, we can screw around on the Internet again. I mean what else do have to do while the kids are at school. Work? A few of my favorite YouTube videos: My Little Ponies, Friendship is Magic is amazing in and of itself but when you make […]