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What I Wish I’d Known

My friend Ben Barnz and I were sitting around talking about getting older and listing all the things we wish we had known when we were younger! It would have saved us so much time and heartache, and who wants to learn things the hard way if they can avoid it! So, over the course of a few months I asked friends and family what they “Wish They Had Known,” and I started compiling a list. Read More

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I’ll open this post by stating for everyone to read: I am not a perfect parent. I’ve been known to yell, fib, over-indulge and occasionally, turn a blind eye.  With all my mothering-flaws, I do believe I’ve figured out something crucial to parenting that often doesn’t happen: telling a child “no,” and meaning it. I know, sounds crazy, right? Let me explain.

I didn’t come to this understanding by reading a book or attending a seminar. It’s not some new preachy parenting technique I’m trying to foist upon you, either. It’s a realization that occurred to me a few years ago that started with myself and bled over to my children. It started with me discovering Read More


Between 7:46-7:49 every Tuesday and Friday evening, I cycle through intense waves of disappointment and depression as I digest the fact that I have, YET AGAIN, been passed over by the California Mega Millions Lottery. It used to take a lot longer for the tightness in my chest to subside, but I’ve condensed the grieving process down to less than five minutes these days. I guess that’s what happens when something as fragile as hope is sullied over and over again. It becomes hard and ugly, and each new assault is less apparent. Read More

Elle Davis

Those Unexpected Moments

Just like most other things, this didn’t go as planned. I thought I would make this sidewalk chalk paint, sit on our patio while watching my 4 year-old paint, and relax a little while doing so.

Hahahaha! Read More

Coco Enriquez

Crap Jobs and Big Girl Pants

In my 27+ years of living, I have had my fair share of crap jobs…

At the ripe age of 15, I was a roller girl at Sonic Drive-In. The entire 2 months I held this job, I was scared for my life. I would strap on my roller skates each day and roll out to the windows of burger-craving patrons. It would take me longer than most to actually make it to the window of each customer because Read More


Thank You Mom, For Seeing This Goose As A Swan

Finally, I have graduated from blaming my mother for most of my character defects to thanking her for many of the wonderful things in my life. This evolution is probably part of the process of getting older and the inevitable conclusion you reach after you have children yourself. It’s tough being a mother and we often get a bad rap. I hope that when my daughters are complaining about me (as I know they will, either in a therapist’s office or on a friend’s couch) they at some point also come around to remembering the good stuff. In honor of Mother’s Day-Month (having just one day of gratitude seems cheap) I wanted to share a short list of what I am thankful for. Read More

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