Yours, Mine and Theirs: I’m Ready… Or Not!

I had the good fortune to see my 39th birthday last month. Yep. This year will be the last time I’ll be able to say, with a smile and straight face, “I’m only 39!” Am I ready to turn 40? Not really. I don’t feel 40. Except my feet. My feet feel every single day of 60. They’ve logged a lot of miles, hops and bounces -- walking down to the old swimming hole every day of every summer … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: How I’m Already #Winning2014

Ah, 2013... Just when I started to really get to know you, you cut loose, leaving me with only memories. Remember all the promises we made to each other? What did you call them... Resolutions? Remember how my promise to be more organized burned into a crispy mess, like a French fry stuck in the bottom of the deep-fryer? Remember how Christmas Eve came, and I still didn't have the tree … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: 10 Things I Learned on Vacation with My Family

We've returned from Oahu to the freezing wasteland -- er, make that wonderland -- that is home. Thank goodness, because all that disgusting sunshine and private beach time is enough to get on anyone's nerves. I came back with annoyingly tanned skin, too, and was forced to create romantic memories with Mr. Wright. The horror. The trip wasn't a total waste, though. I did pick up some very valuable … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: Vegging Out

Snugglebug suddenly and vocally expressed her intention to become a vegetarian from the back seat of the car on the way back from church this week. To be fair, the revelation came following a visit to a farm a couple weeks ago, with an attached petting zoo comprised of rescued farm animals. Snugglebug particularly bonded with the fowl and game birds. "Dad, I don't want to eat turkey for … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: A Bass Only A Mother Could Love

This month, we are celebrating Kids and the Arts with our sponsor, KRIS Wines. KRIS and Americans for the Arts are teaming up to grant up to $25,000 to Arts Education programs in the U.S. Vote for your school today at www.facebook.com/kriswines. Shortly before his seventeenth birthday, Pockets brought home a new pet. “Oh, fantastic!” I cried. “Now, we’ll have to feed it, train it, get … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: 10 Ideas that Sounded Good…Until I Had Kids

Before accumulating seven children, I had ideas. They were good ideas, and they had merit, damn it. Those ideas were so soundly rooted into my envisioned future as a parent, I doubted neither their wisdom, nor my ability and desire to carry them out. Wanna hear some? (It’s okay to laugh out loud at my shortsightedness.) 1. Natural Childbirth is the ONLY Way to Go. This particular vow was … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: This Mama Sells Sex Toys

Hi. I’m Christina-Marie, and I sell sex toys. Okay, so the thing is, I don’t call them “sex toys.” Sure, they’re fun, but I prefer to think of them as “bedroom accessories.” They’re meant to complement and enhance, not replace, a woman’s existing intimacy routine. Maybe you woke up today, put on a fabulous dress, and threw on some amazing earrings as accents. When you looked in … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: Goal-Defined Reality

My friend, Kelly, is a professional goal-getter. She has a dream board, with all her goals – long- and short-term – featured as a stunning fixture in her living room. What’s more, she actually achieves them. During a recent visit, Kelly mentioned to Mr. Wright she was planning to purchase a new home. The market value, she said, was currently $1.3 million, and she wanted to start now on … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: Proud to be a Cougar (Mom)

The book signing went well, with the exception of my girdle (what do they call them now -- body shapers?) nearly asphyxiating me. My editor stopped by to snap a few photos, commenting, "That's a lot of makeup and cleavage. Would you be more comfortable signing those out on the street corner?" Adopting the moniker "Sexy Vegan Mama" didn't seem like a bad idea in my early thirtysomethings, … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: Giving Birth… in Reverse

Spring’s finally arrived. The sun is shining, I’ve turned on the AC, and my allergies are on overdrive. With a bit of apprehension, I busted out the spring wardrobe: sandals, t-shirts, flirty skirts, the works. This year, I wasn’t looking forward to putting away my bulky sweaters. When my dessert cookbook launched in January, I truly planned to lose those fifteen pounds I gained writing … [Read more...]