Keep the Feeling of Mother’s Day: Ashburn Patch Article

Don’t let Mother’s Day be the only time you take care of yourself. Mother’s Day was awesome. I don’t know about you, but I had a blast. I asked my husband for help when I got tired. I took an hour to myself to read a trashy novel. I scheduled a massage. I went to … Continue reading Keep the Feeling of Mother’s Day: Ashburn Patch Article

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Landscape for a Tick-Free Yard: Ashburn Patch Article

Lyme prevention is a must this season, especially for residents of Loudoun County. The weather has been nuts lately. Thermostats hit 90 degrees back in March. Yet it's almost May now and we're dealing with chilly, windy days. The one constant is that ticks are out full force. Unfortunately we're sitting in the hotbed of … Continue reading Landscape for a Tick-Free Yard: Ashburn Patch Article

Chipping Away Choice: Ashburn Patch Article

A pro-choice, pro-family mom speaks against Virginia's amendment requiring ultrasounds for abortions. I thought about writing something noncontroversial for this month's column—perhaps 99 ways to soothe a fussy baby (I wish I knew!) or Ashburn's unknown toddler artists. But last month, I got angry comments after giving tips for having fun on a day off. … Continue reading Chipping Away Choice: Ashburn Patch Article

A Pointless Display: Ashburn Patch Article

A mother writes an open letter to the builder of the skeleton Santa. I, too, have a problem with how the holiday season has turned into a materialistic, commercial orgy of greed. In my humble opinion, this time of year should be about whatever religious holiday people celebrate, not about rushing through malls to snatch … Continue reading A Pointless Display: Ashburn Patch Article

The Santa Claus Lie: Ashburn Patch Article

Why does society condone lying to the kids? My son turns 3 years old this year. He now fully understands everything we say. When strangers ask him if he'll be a good boy for Santa, he remembers. He's got to be wondering who this Santa person is. And I don't want to lie to him. … Continue reading The Santa Claus Lie: Ashburn Patch Article

Living Life to Its Fullest: Ashburn Patch Article

Being surrounded by cancer patients can drive home a perspective. My large, unborn son is sapping away all of my iron intake. Twice a week, I find myself sitting in a chair at a hematology/oncology center getting infusions of iron by IV. I'm surrounded by cancer patients getting their regular doses of chemotherapy. Continued on … Continue reading Living Life to Its Fullest: Ashburn Patch Article

Good Job!: Ashburn Patch Article

A mother enjoys random praise from an unlikely source. I was at Wegman’s putting my groceries onto the conveyor belt in the check-out line the other day. My belly was ridiculously huge and it took me a while to maneuver myself around the cart to get everything where it belonged. Meanwhile, my 2-year-old son was … Continue reading Good Job!: Ashburn Patch Article

Stability Helps with Moving Woes: Ashburn Patch Article

Ashburn offers several great options to help overcome children's stress after a move. I've read that one of the reasons 2-year-olds are so ornery is that they are trying to understand how the world works. They insist on having the same plate everyday because it brings a sense of balance into their developing worlds. (And, … Continue reading Stability Helps with Moving Woes: Ashburn Patch Article

Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming: Ashburn Patch Article

A mother comes up with ways to cope when life’s joys spit on her all at once. I think the universe has piled just a little too much crap on top of me, and I came close to snapping today. I dislike woe-is-me, I’m-so-busy tales, but here’s mine as an explanation. This morning I woke … Continue reading Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming: Ashburn Patch Article