5 Tips on How to Hire a Good Nanny

Nanny photo Rmom

Childcare is a major consideration; encompassing a host of concerns for parents and caregivers.  How much will it cost?  Are services available to cover my needs?  What are my goals and philosophies about child-rearing?  And how can I possibly convey them to another person? The process of coming to terms with your child care needs, […]

Damn It’s Hot: Activities From My Home To Yours

Richmond Virginia Weather

Since I was so helpful with rainy day activities, I decided to write up my DAMN, IT’S HOT activities especially as the school year comes to an end. Get a sprinkler: Not only can you multitask by keeping both your plants and children from withering away, you get an extra five minutes to yourself by yelling […]

Moms We Love: Tammy Franges

Tammy and her son Malcom

When she was a child, and people asked Tammy what she wanted to be when she grew up, she told them she wanted to be a mom.  People may not have found that particularly ambitious at the time, but Tammy wasn’t kidding around. In fact, she stopped counting after 40 kids. Tammy has has been […]

Carytown Wellness Week

Carytown wellness

Carytown is hosting Wellness Week  May 11 – 17th, 2014 with free lecture series from Carytown Merchants. Lunch & Learn FREE lecture series at YOGA SOURCE (3122 West Cary Street) Monday – Friday noon – 1:00 Light fare provided by Carytown Restaurants Lecture Topics Monday: Migraine Buster Class (small bites from Nacho Mama’s) Tuesday: Feng […]

This Mother’s Day: Ferme la Bouche.


  The greatest lessons I ever learned while growing up didn’t come in a conversation, so this Mother’s Day I share with you six things my mom said to me without ever saying a word. You don’t need a man to take care of you.  My mom took care of her four kids whether my […]

RVA Parents of Preemies: a new support group for Richmond mamas

me and lucia

Hey Mamas there’s a new support group in town! RVA Parents of Preemies (RVAPOP) is a Richmond-based group that provides community, advice, support, and friendship to the parents and family members of infants born prematurely. RVAPOPs mission is to lessen the isolation of the NICU experience by uniting new preemie parents with experienced NICU families […]

5 Pool Safety Rules For Young Children

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It is a real joy to watch children learn the magic and fun that comes from being in the water. You can almost see their minds at work as they feel the lightness of water, and watch them brighten up. Yet there are inherent risks which come with being in the water. So here are […]

Story Telling: A Game Changer

Gargoyle, a Main Character in our Pirate Stories

In my pre-child life, I imagined one day telling my kids stories and singing them songs.  Five years into this parenting gig, I found I hadn’t told but maybe a hand full of stories, and never to our son.  How did that happen? Several months ago, I was re-inspired to try it by a mommy […]

Don’t Ban Bossy…Call It Out!


Sorry Girl Scouts, love your cookies, but being bossy is—and always will be—bad. If anything, we need to call it out as we see it MORE–not less–often. “Bossy” means telling people to do things your way, immediately, with no consideration for their feelings or input. “Bossy” means being pushy, overbearing and rude. “Bossy” means taking […]

Success In School (and Life) Starts With More Than Good Grades


When I was twenty-two years old I dropped my three- year old son, Beau, off for the first time at preschool.  For the first three weeks, I stood at the window, while he pulled the curtains apart from the inside and stared out, screaming bloody murder.  I stood there, my wretched tortured face inches from […]