About Kellie

Kellie is a slightly frazzled mom-with-good-intentions to her two energetic children: “Emma” (b. 2003) and “Ryan” (b. 2006). She lives in the ‘burbs and works from her home office-- trying to make good on the promise of personally and professionally ‘having it all’ but usually ends up with a never-ending To Do list and a bald spot from pulling out her hair in an effort to get it all done. Her goal is to raise well-adjusted future adults who believe in themselves. Some days, however, she’ll happily settle for kids who don’t pester her during a client call and a big glass of wine.

Uncorked in the ‘Burbs: Mom Camp

It's summer here in the states, and I'm in the middle of sending my kids to a various mash-up of camps, babysitters, grandparents to keep them occupied and out of trouble for the next few months.  As I sat and perused the camp offerings for my kids, I was amazed at the things my kids could do for a week at a time: Renaissance Camp, where they can learn archery, to joust, paint and play olde … [Read more...]

Uncorked in the ‘Burbs: Building up a Tolerance

Ah, summer has arrived here in the states, and it’s time to start building up your tolerance.  No, I’m not talking about your favorite beverage; I’m talking about having the little lights of your life home.  All. The. $%@^. Time. Let me be very clear: I love summer.  I love having the extra time with my kids.  I love the smell of sunscreen, the sand in the carseat, the ability to be … [Read more...]

Uncorked in the ‘Burbs: Pinterest Hoard

Like many a mom, I’m a Pinterest user. I have boards on top of boards: fun crafts to do with the kids, ideas for decorating, recipes (oh, so many, many recipes), makeup tips, inspirational sayings, books to read… it goes on and on and on. I have come to realize that I am a pinterest hoarder.  I collect.  And collect.  And then collect some more. And then never do a darned thing … [Read more...]

Uncorked in the ‘Burbs: The Grass is Greener

When it comes to motherhood and work, in comes in all shapes, sizes and permutations: stay at home moms, work outside the house moms, telecommuting moms – and everything in between.  But regardless of what you’re currently doing, chances are you’ve dreamed that the grass is greener on the other side. With that in mind, see if any of these sound familiar. You might be a stay at home … [Read more...]

Uncorked in the ‘Burbs: I Like Big Butts

My 6 year old loves music.  Any kind of music, but he especially loves Rock and Roll -- put another dime in the jukebox, baby!   Last year he found an old 90s style boom box in our basement, a remnant from one too many moves.  (We had to move the refrigerator.  We had to move the color TV) – complete with radio, CD player and cassette tape player that still actually works.  He spent most of … [Read more...]

Uncorked in the ‘Burbs: Prepare the Thunderdome

Just when your “Getting 2-kids-ready-for-school while simultaneously getting your own self ready for work” routine has been perfected … let me welcome you to:  Holiday Break! And in my house, that means it’s time to prepare the sibling Thunderdome. My kids truly love each other.  They’re one another’s best friends, honestly—sneaking into each other's room to sleep together … [Read more...]

Uncorked in the ‘Burbs: I Pick Things Up and Put Them Down

I realized the other day that I, like the infamous ad/internet meme, spend an inordinate amount of any particular day picking things up and putting them down. Just today, when I was granted a generous hour of parole – er, I mean free time – because my wonderful parents took the kids out to breakfast, I spent the ENTIRE 90 minute reprieve picking things up and putting them down. I pick … [Read more...]

Kellie’s Bota Picnic: From Water to Wine

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In honor of National Picnic Month, our sponsor, Bota Box has supplied each of our writers with free boxed wine to take along on the picnic of their choice. Each of our writers will be reporting back to us on their adventures with essays and photos. Visit www.facebook.com/botabox to share your favorite Picnic spot and be entered to win a custom Bota Box Picnic tote. A great deal of our summer … [Read more...]

Uncorked in the ‘Burbs: WTF is in My Purse??

I remember the days when Emma and Ryan were just babes, and I was forced – out of necessity – to abandon my cute little pre-parenting purse in favor of a roomier version: the dreaded diaper bag.  I longed for the days when the kids were older and I would be able to shed my minivan of a shoulder bag and slim back down into a cute little thing that weighed less than the bag of rocks Ryan … [Read more...]

Uncorked in the ‘Burbs: The Almost Over

With the upcoming advent of Emma’s 9th birthday (and the looming, desert-like stretch of summer holiday) I’ve been getting a lot of requests for sleepovers with friends.  While some girls have been doing the whole sleepover thing for a long time and it’s old hat, there are quite a few where this might be the first time sleeping away from home — and they’re really hesitant about … [Read more...]