Saving Simon Meant Rescuing love

There are few things more rewarding in life than finding or rescuing love. We find it in so many ways in life, in our partners, in our children and in our friendships. People seek it in their faith and in activities. One of the most rewarding places to find this gift is in rescuing love. I [ keep reading ]

Marriage Hacks: Does Your Relationship Need a Re-Charge?

Have you ever gotten really excited over a lifehack you discovered on Pinterest, in a Facebook meme or by word of mouth? I have; in fact, I’ve written articles right here on Hot Mess that I’m certain you can find if you peruse the “In the Kitchen,” “Around the House,” or “Random” categories. We all [ keep reading ]

X Country Runners Never Cease to Amaze

For approximately eight years, I’ve been an avid spectator of our local high school’s varsity X Country team. Five of my children (three, currently) have participated in this program. As I write this article, we are one week away from the two biggest championships of the season. They will be one of my daughter‘s last [ keep reading ]

Singer Proves There Is No Erasing His Voice

For those who grew up in the 80’s, music was a rich tapestry with a wide variety of genres that could appeal to any music lover. There were several bands that rose to the top during this time, and out of all of them, few were as beloved or iconic as the rock band, Journey. [ keep reading ]

Having a Clutter Problem?

The problem with clutter is that it is truly a subjective word. Just as one man’s junk is another’s treasure, what you call clutter and what I call clutter might be vastly different. If you happen to be married and you and your spouse disagree about what exactly constitutes clutter, it can be challenging to [ keep reading ]

Ping Pong, Anyone? Families That Play Together Stay Together

One of the best gift decisions I’ve ever made for my kids at Christmas was to get them a ping pong table. I scored big time the year I did so because I snagged a deal where a set was on sale that included an air hockey table that is easily converted to a ping [ keep reading ]

The Annual Topic That No Longer ‘Haunts’ Me: Halloween

I’ve been a parent for nearly 34 years. Like most parents might attest, I have gone through numerous stages in my parenting journey over the course of the three-plus decades that I’ve been on the job. Various factors have an impact on the overall ebb and flow of my parenting tide, including but not limited [ keep reading ]

Top Causes of Credit Card Debt

Do you currently have one or more lines of credit? There are definite benefits and downsides to owning credit cards. My uncle is, in fact, the only person I have ever known who does not and has never owned a credit card in his life. This has caused him great inconvenience at times, such as [ keep reading ]

How Is Parenting a Dog and a Baby Similar?

My husband and I are about the smallest study sample there is, and I have not conducted any official study, but I truly believe that parenting a dog is a good introduction to parenting a human. My husband and I first became animal parents about seven months after we were married. Feeling domestic, I felt [ keep reading ]

Our Neighborhood Got a Behind the Scenes Look into the Movie First Man

A long awaited movie about the life of Neil Armstrong, the other astronauts and the NASA team that achieved the first landing on the moon is premiering in theaters on October 12. It is especially anticipated in our community, because parts of First Man were filmed in our neighborhood. What is it like to have [ keep reading ]

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