The House You Helped Remodel Part 5: Kitchen & Family Room [PICS]

April 8, 2017

Hello friends! I finally cleaned the new kitchen long enough to actually take pictures of it. Quickly, before someone comes along flinging peanut butter, let’s talk about it! This is our third house to completely rehab so you’d think I’d have it down by now. Nope. I waded into new waters this time with marble […]

The rise of everyday resistance

February 22, 2017

In the rhetoric and imaginations of the the right, those protesting the new administration are “radicals”. Trash can arsonists. Spray paint thugs. Ugly, mannish women and their criminal counterparts who are all insane with rage. Add the implied “scary brown people and ‘others’” to that list of false critique and the right’s got itself a villain. […]

The house you helped remodel Part 4: Master Bath [PICS]

November 12, 2016

  Hello! I have many thoughts today, but none about bathroom remodeling. However, the end of a long, exhausting, emotionally draining election coincided with a similar-feeling bathroom remodel. So it’s done and I have pictures! May as well see them. You may recall we are on our third top-to-bottom remodel house. Yes, we live through our […]

Have the guts to quit (I didn’t)

September 23, 2016

“Get a cleaning lady.” My last client was a banana blonde Miss Cleo, psychically peering into my internal struggle, of which I had mentioned nothing. I laughed. “How did you know my house was a wreck?” “You’re a mom and you work. That’s been my life for 19 years. I only had one baby, but I […]

The house you helped remodel: Part 3 [PICS!]

June 12, 2016

Friends, we’re a year in. It was just a wee over 12 months ago that we bought this Clampet mansion – marred with blue carpet and linoleum as it was – and started transforming it into our wonder palace. Note: hopefully you still consider it a “wonder palace” when you learn our two-year-old has gleefully potty […]

My nanny left my kids in a hot car – why I didn’t press charges

February 13, 2016

I never hear from my nanny during the day. On the first day of a new extracurricular class, she might text a pic of the kids in their leotards, or call if one of the kids is truly sick, but we don’t really chat during business hours. So I knew something was up when she […]

Catch Up On Everyone’s Favorite Posts!

I realized how hard staying home is when I went back to work

October 3, 2015

I was reluctant to go back to work after being home for eight years. I was scared to leave my comfy four walls and afraid the world out there had changed too much in the years I had been home. The last time I punched a time clock, My Space was the rage there was […]

The house you helped remodel Part 2: The truth about my Mexican tiled stairs [PICS]

September 18, 2015

Today! I have been waiting for TODAY for like, well a few weeks, but it seemed like a really long time. The grand event is my wooden banister arriving. Maybe you wait for births and for the magical first day of school when you get to ditch your kid for 8 hours, but I wait […]

The house you helped remodel Part I: My mauve & silver bedroom!

August 2, 2015

We have a bedroom, people. This is quite a step up from sleeping in the stairs landing –  which was promotion from living on blue carpet, which was a catapult ride from living in the nightmare rental we narrowly escaped. So! Now that I’m in my final sleeping destination, let’s look at the pictures. Before: […]

The questions I’d Like Megyn Kelly to ask the Duggars (& the HONEST answers we’d never get)

June 1, 2015

I know people like me are supposed to be so “gleeful” about taking down the Duggars, but I’m really quite over them. Wait. What’s that? Fox News (who else) is airing an interview between Megyn Kelly and the Duggar parents on Wednesday at 9pm ET? They’re back in our faces? Because they care more about money […]

Help me remodel this house #ToTheEdge [14 BEFORE PICS]

May 30, 2015

We finally got keys yesterday! You may recall my family of five moved across the country to L.A. from Chicago about five months ago. It meant renting at first and I lamented, loudly, with tears like a toddler, having to pay someone else’s mortgage. I got over it. It turned out I really liked our […]

Every defense of Josh Duggar, debunked

May 25, 2015

The Josh Duggar incest molestation scandal is the height of the American hypocrisy, isn’t it? Rich, white, conservative male shielded from legal consequences of his actions and afforded prime real estate in the social landscape of America while a black kid can’t wear a hoodie in a good neighborhood without asking to die. Let’s examine […]