Alicia is a 30-something new mother with a PhD in Child Psychology that in her pre-baby life rendered her calm, self-assured, and rational about the trials and tribulations of life in general and parenting in particular. She spent several years living and traveling abroad without much worry -– and that includes being in the midst of a round-the-world solo backpacking trip when the 9/11 attacks occurred. She is now happily settled in Vermont (which is as picturesque as its billed to be) and happily partnered. She always wanted to be a mom and was completely right in that regard; She adores it. But in the almost seven months since her baby was born she is continually surprised to discover that, along with the bliss, being a first-time mom has unearthed a Pandora's cauldron of anxiety, self-doubt, and a few hundred other emotions in between. Writing and reading other moms' work is all about regaining a sense of balance and perspective. Being a working mom, her current future goals include getting a haircut (three months overdue), a crown (two months), and tucking her baby in to bed without fearing SIDS, suffocation, or an asteroid collision.
Amanda is the mother of two young girls who are six and three. Amanda is a full-time television reporter in the southeast who navigates the delicate balance between work and family every day. Amanda is also a creative writer who dabbles in fiction in her spare time, whatever that is! She's been a reporter for almost 16 years and continues to love what she does. But ultimately motherhood has been her greatest challenge and greatest blessing.
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I am a former adventure-travel writer turned adventurous-unraveling mother to Hurricane Hadley and Baby Bode. I'm originally from Canada but relocated to Colorado from Salt Lake City a few years ago when I gave up my wanderlust, travel-writing life to marry the real love of my life!
As a family, we are avid outdoor enthusiasts and love hitting the trails any chance we get. I started blogging Fall 2005 at www.crazybloggincanuck.com as an outlet, with the intent to get back in the freelance arena. However today, I am perfectly content to sit back and exploit my unsuspecting family via my blog. And read about other great mamas who do the same!
> Read DotMoms posts by Amber
I am a thirty-something SAHM and part-time psychology professor,
trailing spouse and recent transplant to the (gulp!) deep South, tree-hugging/veggie-eating liberal, and somewhat reluctant participant in the family bed. I am married to another psychologist, a Colombian-American, and together we are helping to ensure the future of our profession by stumbling through the parenting of our 2-year-old daughter, Isa, and our 5-year-old son, Javi. Before I had children (and when I still knew how to parent) I counseled couples on how to avoid parenting woes, but now I use writing to help me find the humor in them.
> Read DotMoms posts by Amy Heesacker
I am a mother, wife, daughter, granddaughter, writer, pop culture junkie, gym rat, shopaholic -- the most appropriate title depends on the time of day. My husband Brian and I have one son, Alex, who was born in September 2002. We live in central Pennsylvania and I work full time as a writer/editor for a large university. Brian is an attorney, and it seems (to me, at least) like Alex is preparing for a career as a persuasive speaker. Although he'd probably say he's going to be a bulldozer operator.
When I was growing up, I never thought much about having kids, other than acknowledging that I wanted to have them "someday." Now that "someday" is here, I'm happy to report that I love being a parent. It helps that my husband and I have many family members who live close by and are always willing to help us out, in ways too numerous to mention. I enjoy being able to share the trials, tribulations and joys of motherhood as a DotMom.
> Read DotMoms posts by Amy M.
Amy is the thirtyish mother of a beautiful yet destructive toddler, Isabelle. She is a high school teacher who lives in Livermore Falls, Maine and is trying to find the funny side of life as a newly divorced mom. Her blog, Red Sox Bat Girl, shows the truly fanatical side of this extreme baseball lover. When she isn't working or running after the ever-active Isabelle, she is tying her red hair back in a baseball hat and taking in a game. Her love of sports and her trials as a trying-as-best-as-I-can mom keep her on her toes.
> Read DotMoms posts by Amy R.
I am a 33-year-old wife, mother, and Web marketing/content manager, living in Virginia Beach, Va. Switch around the order depending on the day. I have one daughter, Olivia, who is sparkly and adventurous. She is three-and-a-half and everything it implies. I am also owned by two stereotypically neurotic cats. My husband of several years is a wonderful father and taught me everything I know about hockey. I work full-time in content management for a healthcare web site. Working at home two days a week helps with some of the working mom insanity. But not all of it. I still think of myself as a new mom and the online support of other new moms has been invaluable.
> Read DotMoms posts by Amy S.
I am a true DotMom and I have positive proof. My family scrapbook is digital instead of paper. I met my husband on the Internet. I work from home as a freelance writer and web designer.
I am 26 at heart and will remain so for many years. I am mother of two imps, Emma (7) and Sarah (5) and wife of one larger one named Mark. We all live together in a sweet little house in Ottawa, Canada, where I can often be found with paint under my fingernails or scribbling madly in a notebook.
I love photography, words (strung together in a variety of ways or just on their own), movies, food, coffee, creativity, ideas, naps, the outdoors, arts. I love to make stuff! When I'm dead and gone I want to be fondly remembered as a good friend and wife, the fun-loving mother of two Pulitzer Prize winning authors/scientists/peace-makers, and as a writer, photographer and kick boxer who was active right up until her dying day. Amen to that.
> Read DotMoms posts by Andrea
Anjali is a thirty-something year-old former attorney who now writes from home. She lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband Brian, and two girls Mira, four, and Leela, two. Anjali spends most of her time fantasizing about having a perfect work-life balance, where both she and her husband have well paid part-time jobs (with benefits, of course), and split all household chores and childrearing 50/50. Her addictions include South Asian modern fiction, "Sex and the City" reruns, and Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream consumed by the pint after both children are in bed.
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I am the mother of seven children, six boys and one girl. Yes, I know what causes it. No, I am not a saint. No, I am not Catholic. However, I might be crazy. I am an artist, writer, wife, mother, and the queen of multi-tasking. I recently figured out that I have changed over 32,650 diapers in my tenure thus far as a mother. I want a medal. My current project is rescuing our historic 30-room house from a generation of neglect and bad taste. I paint, install tile foors, and like to start projects way out of the scope of my expertise so that my husband has no choice but to finish them. If you need me, I can usually be found trying to climb to the top of mount laundry, buying enough food to feed a small army, or searching for the cup of coffee I misplaced. I maintain a blog where I write about life with a larger than average family.
> Read DotMoms posts by Chris
Christine Louise Hohlbaum, official SAHM expert for ClubMom, award-winning American writer and author of "Diary of a Mother: Parenting Stories and Other Stuff" (2003) and "SAHM I Am: Tales of a Stay-at-Home Mom in Europe" (2005), has been published in hundreds of publications. She has a bachelor's degree from Smith College in Political Science and German Literature. From the University of Constance, Germany, she obtained her combined master's degree in International Relations, German and English Literature.
She has appeared on numerous programs including NPR's "The Parent's Journal with Bobbi Conner," "Defining Women," "ApPARENTly," "Star-Style," WorldTalkRadio, WAHM Talk Radio, and the Mom Radio Network. She has appeared in Boston Globe Magazine, Pregnancy magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Parents and Woman's Day. She also acts as PR consultant for book authors. She teaches two online courses, "The Journaling Parent" and "How to Market Your Book." In addition, she is a motivational speaker. When she isn't writing, leading seminars, or wiping up messes, she prefers to frolic in the Bavarian countryside with her husband and two children.
> Read DotMoms posts by Christine
Cooper is the dotmom of two girls and two boys, ages nine to two. For 11 years she has been married to Rick, and since he has been interviewed on DotMoms, that might make him a dotdad. A public relations executive in New York and Washington, DC, (before children), Cooper is now a writer in Pittsburgh, Pa., where she and her family have lived for the last six years. Cooper and her business partner, Emily McKhann (also a mom), are building an exciting website for moms called The MotherHood, www.themotherhood.net. Cooper and Emily also co-write two blogs, Been There and The Been There Clearinghouse, www.beenthereclearinghouse.com, a site for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
> Read DotMoms posts by Cooper
Twenty-five years ago, when I was interviewing and partying with rock stars, I never would have envisioned ending up doing admin at an elementary school. I also never thought I'd be so happy to be a San Fernando Valley housewife and mother. Well, almost happy. While I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up (what? I'm almost 50?? That can't be!), one thing is not in doubt: being mom to 9-year-old Megan is the greatest adventure of my life.
> Read DotMoms posts by Donna
Ellen is "the new 40" (which means 50) and mother of two, a daughter, 19, starting her second year at design school in Georgia and a son, 23, who just graduated from the U of London and hopes to teach English literature eventually (either here or in the UK). She's married (for three years) to her second husband, a wonderful guy who is a baseball fanatic and college business professor, and they live in North Carolina with his daughter, who starts high school this fall; his older daughter is a college student in Boston. Ellen is currently director of development and marketing for the city's children's museum and writes and reads voraciously in her spare time.
> Read DotMoms posts by Ellen
I'm a SAHM in the suburbs of Los Angeles. In my former life (before the kiddos) I was an award-winning investigative journalist at KFWB. I've since joined the "club" with two-and-a-half-year old Jackson and seven-month-old Hala. I'm trying to make the transition from hard nose reporter to nose wiper. And it's not always easy. My husband of five years is a digital artist in the entertainment industry, where they have booze and catering available at his place of work all day every day. I jumped on the bandwagon and began blogging this September at http://queenofspainblog.com.
> Read DotMoms posts by Erin
Jenn is a native Texan living in the Dallas area with her geek-proud husband of 15 years, two sons, one daughter and an 80-lb. doberman who thinks he is a lapdog. She spends her free time tormenting the PTA and chauffeuring her three children around town to soccer, gymnastics and any other over-scheduled activity they can sign up for. She spends whatever free time is leftover on her writing career. (She will always be found with a pen and notebook on hand!) She has published several articles on parenting in numerous publications both locally and internationally, as well as here on DotMoms. Jenn writes on topics ranging from recovering from drug addiction to parenting -- both in all their glory and shame. Last spring she signed with a literary agent to work with her on publishing her first book.
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I am the thirty-something mother of three miracles (15, 12, and 3), wife to Vinny, published poet, freelance writer, and MEN2a advocate living with cancer. In late 2004 I was diagnosed with a rare cancer causing disorder called "Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2a (or MEN2a)." The next month my oldest two children were also diagnosed with MEN2a. My family and I strive to educate people on MEN2a and rare cancers, all while trying to keep our sense of humor and love of life. I am lucky enough to currently be able to stay home, raise my children, write for a few websites, and homeschool. I hope to show other moms with cancer that living life and making memories is the greatest gift we can leave our children whether we're here for just a short time or a whole lifetime.
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Julie Moos (founder and editor)
I am a mother (to Colter), wife (to Gary), daughter, writer, and editor. In addition to creating and editing DotMoms, I write at Mom in the Mirror. I work as an editor at The Poynter Institute, where I learn from some of the finest writers and journalists in the business.
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Karen Walrond, a former attorney, is now a full-time writer and photographer currently living in her native Trinidad & Tobago. She is the author of the weblog Chookooloonks, describing her life in the Caribbean with her husband, Marcus, and their two-year-old daughter, Alexis. Chookooloonks has provided personal insight into adoption and
parenting to thousands, and currently receives 1,500+ hits per day.
Chookooloonks was recently named one of the Best Adoption Blogs on the Web by Adoptive Families Magazine. Karen is also a lead writer of Blogging Baby, the leading parenting news and information weblog, and the Contributing Editor of the Caribbean for BlogHer, a organization designed to create opportunities for women bloggers to pursue exposure, education, and community. Finally, Karen is the founder of The Pan Collective, a group website written by some of the best and brightest women living in or hailing from the Caribbean, and the publisher of Emerald Market, showcasing the best eco-friendly, organic, sustainable and fair trade items the web has to offer.
> Read DotMoms posts by Karen
Kelly Ferry is a graphic designer and writer who works from home in Northeast Ohio. She mines every last crevasse of her relationship with her husband, Chris and her children, Tyler (preteen) and Lila (toddler) for luminous veins and shining nuggets for her writing. Her greatest challenge and highest goal is finding how to be Kelly while juggling the roles of wife, mother, homemaker, part-time worker, daughter, sister, friend, and lover. You can also find her at HerAbleHands.com.
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Kris is a thirtysomething stay-at-home mom who lives north of Boston and writes in her spare time, sometimes even for money. She began writing about parenting before she even had kids, as an editor at a local family magazine. She also freelanced at Mosby Consumer Health, Cook's Illustrated and Natural Health magazine. Now she works for a team of tyrants, ages 5, 3 and 2 months, who give her no sick days and mere minutes of personal time. When she does get a break, she enjoys time with her husband, Brian, cooking, snapping photographs, decorating -- pretty much anything that doesn't involve wiping bottoms or enforcing time-outs. A news junkie, she blogs about parenting, politics, health, Christianity and whatever else comes to mind. Kris has a Bachelor's in journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a graduate publishing certificate from Emerson College. She dreams of buying a lakeside vacation home and returning to Emerson to earn a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.
> Read DotMoms posts by Kris
After swearing off functional reproduction for as many years as I could, I finally took the plunge into motherhood via a surprise pregnancy, now a blossoming 19-month-old toddler.
I provide the diversity on our block as an Asian American Yankee in the Deep South, thanks to my former life as a college professor and current position as military spouse. As a published textbook author, musician, and diversity advocate, I'm a proverbial "fish out of water" in these parts.
It's certainly not pretty nor at all what I expected, but I'm maneuvering my way through this journey the best way I know how, desperately trying to balance my roles as mother and wife while not losing my sense of self including a hankering for heels and a good martini) along the way. And, by the way, I'm having a wonderful time.
> Read DotMoms posts by Kristen C.
I am the mother of one daughter, Madeline and wife to Cole, my high school sweetheart. After three years of trying to achieve "balance," I recently quit my job as an instructional designer to be a full-time mom and educational consultant. My passion in life has always been writing, it is my source of sanity and better than Zoloft. When life gets stressful,the first thing I get out (after cleaning up pee and pouring a glass of wine) is my laptop. My favorite things to write about generally involve parenting, marriage, or politics (an interest that helps greatly with the previous two). I am also a recovering political blogger from the recent presidential election.
I love to cook great food and see cooking as a wonderful challenge to take seemingly unrelated items and turn them into something delicious. This interest also helps me greatly as a mom because Madeline has severe food allergies. I literally have to make nearly everything that crosses her lips. That challenge, and what I continue to learn from it, affects me on a daily basis. No cake at birthday parties, no off-the-shelf snacks, and preschools and relatives who don't get how dangerous it all is. That all being said, I laugh a lot and try to appreciate every minute of her childhood. Some days I just have to try much harder than others.
> Read DotMoms posts by Kristin
I am a married mother of two living in the Midwest. I took six years off to be a stay-at-home mom to the two cutest kids ever, Max and Zoe. Now I work part-time as a News Host/Producer at an NRP station, and part-time from home as a Quiz Writer for Scholastic.
In my free time, I like to - oh, who am I kidding? I have two small children. I have no free time. I love movies, but if it's not animated, I haven't seen it. I love to read, but find myself reading classics like "Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets," and "Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus." As far as TV goes, thanks to DVDs, it's a non-stop "Full House" and "Saved By the Bell" fest as my house. And I love every minute of it!
> Read DotMoms posts by Kristin M.
Lana is a 32-year-old freelance writer and mom from Canada who chased a man to Phuket, Thailand, seven years ago and caught him. They've now settled into a small, bustling moo baan (village), complete with one cat, one dog and the odd stray chicken. She welcomed her son Justin safely into the world exactly two weeks after the tsunami hit the island, and considers him her lucky charm. Daughter Chalida arrived in October 2006.
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Lauri Jon Caravella is a forty-something-else expatriate New York City woman, living with her family in a picturesque English-style Storybook Cottage in Southern, California. Wife to screenwriter, Bill Marsilii (since Sept. 2001) and mother to darling daughter Maricella (born Nov. 2003), Lauri Jon's a graphic designer (on a motherhood sabbatical), fine artist, writer, poet, Reiki practitioner, and stay-at-home mom.
Currently a WAHM (I believe a stay-at-home mom is a work-at-home mom), she is beginning to get back into her other creative work in the evenings -- thanks mostly to Dr. Weissbluth's book and a daughter who is sleeping through the night in her crib. LauriJon feels it's also time for her to dust off that unfinished children's book, unfinished novel and finish those pregnant zodiac paintings!
> Read DotMoms posts by Lauri Jon
A 40-year-old, single mom, my rapscallions are 7 and 3 (and three quarters) year old boys, Max and Oz. As a PhD in English whose dissertation focused on the female body, film theory, and contemporary fiction, who was convinced that boy children would never inhabit her body, I am now confounded by single motherhood and parenting men-in–the-making. Making ends meet by consulting on cause marketing, I am a former New York City, organic mom who finds herself living in the expansive and very small suburbs of Boston with her new best friends, Zoloft and champagne.
Addicted to my video iPod while foregoing a TV, I am all about the message of contradiction. It's how I live and how I parent. I make up stories for my boys that involve two little mischievous children and a brilliant, beautiful, funny mom who bakes the most delicious cakes and hits home runs every time she is up at bat. In real life, this mom is smart, honest, loyal, passionate, giving, maternal and addicted to Vogue and In Style. I love and hate doing laundry, love and hate teaching the babes to rollerblade, love and hate cooking balanced meals, love and hate the ruse of balance in general.
> Read DotMoms posts by Laurie
I am a 32-year-old mom living in Northern Virginia and my life these days is a product of the Internet. I am married to a wonderful man (thanks to matchmaker.com), I have an excellent job as an IT manager at a large biomedical research non-profit (thanks to monster.com), two sweet and loving black labs (thanks to foha.org), a shy and skulking cat (thanks to dcwebwomen.org), a busy social calendar (thanks to evite.com), a rewarding stint on the board of directors of a local animal charity (thanks to capitalanimalcare.org) and last but not least, a sweet baby girl and a toddler son (thanks to ... well... I guess there are some things you *cannot* get online, eh?).
> Read DotMoms posts by Leslie
Lindsay is a stay-at-home mom/stepmom to a 2-year-old daughter and 13 and 15-year-old stepdaughters. She is also a freelance television writer and producer and author of a weekly column called Suburban Turmoil for the Nashville Scene, based on her blog by the same name. You can find her at www.suburbanturmoil.blogspot.com.
> Read DotMoms posts by Lindsay
Margaret is a forty-something attorney with two children, 4-year-old
Jacob and 12-year-old Liz. She is married to David, who helps part-time
in Margaret's law practice and stays home with their children the
remainder of the time. She spends her time navigating that world
between adults, clients and her law practice and the world of Legos, trucks and the emerging hormonal pre-teen living in her home.
Margaret began writing vignettes about her life to send her brother who
had been activated by the Army Reserves and was spending a year in Afghanistan. She liked the writing so much, she continued.
> Read DotMoms posts by Margaret
I am a statistic gone happily awry. At seventeen, I got pregnant with my older son, Daniel. A year-and-a-half later, his little brother Brett came along. Young divorce and madcap misadventures followed.
Ignoring the projections of my high school teachers, I earned my MA and now work in a museum as a nerdy art historian. The boys are now 11 and 9 and are seriously thinking about going through puberty.
We live with my wonderfully geeky husband of seven years, Mike, in the suburbs of St. Louis.
> Read DotMoms posts by Melissa
A journalist for 16 years, Meredith O'Brien has written about parenting for the past seven years, including for the Boston-area publication Parents & Kids, for which she pens a monthly column. Her writing has been published in a variety of publications including: The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Boston Herald, The Nation, BabyZone.com and Baby Years Magazine. An adjunct journalism professor at the University of Massachusetts, O'Brien serves as The Boston Herald' web site's parenting blogger, writing The Boston Mommy Blog, and as a pop culture blogger (http://parentingpopculture.clubmom.com) for a national parenting web site. Meredith is mom to twins Abbey and Jonah, and their younger brother Casey. She lives with her family in the Boston area.
> Read DotMoms posts by Meredith
I was born in Maryland, but after growing up in a military household, I've traveled all over the world. I've lived in Thailand, Germany, England, Washington D.C., and now I live in southeastern Virginia with my husband and children. I am a history teacher for sixth graders and also write historical romances.
> Read DotMoms posts by Michelle
Mindy Roberts is a transplanted Chicagoan living in the Bay Area with her three native children. Through a serious of thoughtful plans, careful decisions, unfortunate mishaps, and tragic mistakes, she has cobbled together a cozy yet unconventional life for her slightly nutty yet utterly wonderful family. She has ridden the bounty and collapse of the Silicon Valley high-tech industry, recently ended her 12-year marriage, and is now unemployed after a long career in the nonprofit sector. On the up side, she still has a portion of her sanity and is in love with a chef, writer, teacher and photographer. Mindy is just discovering her voice and is writing her family's memoirs as they go along. She loves her children fiercely, lives and breathes technology, and tries her best to use her powers for good.
> Read DotMoms posts by Mindy
I’m just about as small-town as a Mom can get. I live with my husband and our three daughters on the east coast, in an historic village of about 850 residents. There are no traffic lights here, and the big event of the year is the Asparagus and Egg Breakfast held by the fire department every spring.
Believe it or not, I’ve lived in this same small place all my life.
There was a time, somewhere in my late teens, when I envisioned an escape and I’d transform into a city girl living a fast-paced lifestyle. Somewhere along the way, something went awry. For some reason, I’m still here.
> Read DotMoms posts by Patricia
I recently relocated from Los Angeles to New York City with my husband and children (son age six and daughter age three). We are living in Tribeca and finding raising young children in an ultra-urban environment both challenging and invigorating. We live two blocks from Ground Zero and my son goes to school near the NYSE. When we were walking to school, he said "So remember those guys who crashed down the other big buildings? Do you think they're going to try to crash down my school?"
As a mother, I am finding many new challenges presented by life in New York City. Everything from learning where and how to shop for groceries to feeling lonely for friends that knew my children when they were babies.
I work part-time as a writer and editor. My poems, essays and book reviews have been published in Literary Mama, The Philosophical Mother, Onthebus, Illume, a Journal of Universal Ideas, Method Madness and the MFC Forum Magazine, among others. I also lead a writing workshop for mothers in Manhattan, called MomsWrite.
> Read DotMoms posts by Rachel
My name is Robin Piccini. My husband Rich and I met on October 2, 1993 while I was eating cotton candy jellybeans in my best friend's kitchen. It was love at first sight. We were married 13 months after the day we met. We are the proud parents of our very amusing daughter, Lillianna Rose, who is almost 9-years-old. We live in a suburb south of Boston.
As for my age, if you ask Lillianna she will tell you, "My mom is in her forties and my dad is in his twenties." I am horrified that she says this but of course Rich is as proud and happy as he can be about it. The truth is, I am 43 and Rich is 39. He is definitely not in his twenties! Where do kids get these ideas?
> Read DotMoms posts by Robin P.
Sarah Rachel Egelman is mom to 14-month-old Lilith and married to Dan. She was born in New York and recently returned to New Mexico where she spent most of her life, after five years in Seattle where she worked and taught in the Jewish community. Now, she is a community college instructor of religious studies and a writer always hoping to find new writing opportunities. She is also a book reviewer for Bookreporter.com and a book reviewer and journalist for the New Mexico Jewish Link. Sarah writes about her family, friends, and her interest in religious studies, culture, art and literature at www.citizenbeta.com, a website her husband created so she could post pictures of their daughter and talk about random things she hopes people find amusing.
> Read DotMoms posts by Sarah
I am a mid-40’s mom to my only child, two-year-old Sean who can easily outwit, outsmart and outplay me on any given day. Three years after being booted out of a prestigious infertility program as beyond hopeless, I enrolled in a graduate program and scheduled a hysterectomy in an effort to get on with my child-free life. Two weeks later I discovered I was pregnant. I was nearly 44-years-old.
I graduated summa cum laude with a degree in art and performance, which to date, has yielded me not one dime. I mention this because there are few opportunities to drop it into conversation. I live in North Texas with my dreamboat husband of seven years and my miracle boy. I started blogging last summer as a way to feed my inner-artist in the 15 minutes of spare time I have each day. I currently enjoy a career as a laundress, chef, chauffeur and sex goddess. I would someday like to resume my career as a professional student. I write about my adventures as an antique mommy at www.antiquemommy.com
>Read DotMoms posts by Tina