Sep 092014
 

It’s September. The flip flops have been unceremoniously discarded in the corner, the bathing suits and beach towels safely stowed until next year, and the air is crackling with the excitement of a new school year. For us, it’s been extra special, as the kids are in their first year of public school after being cyber schooled for the last five years.

Being the new kid isn’t the easiest, I get it. Thankfully, we timed our move during the transitional time between elementary and middle school for one of them, and middle school and high school for the other. While they may not know anyone, at least they’re swimming in a sea of other kids who may not really know anyone either. The youngest is in third grade this year, still young enough that soon the other kids won’t ever remember him being “the new kid.” They seem to all be settling in, learning their routines and meeting new friends. It’s been a positive experience.

I, on the other hand, am struggling just a little.

It’s hard to send your kids off to school after having them under a protective wing for so long – except, that’s not the part I’m having a hard time with.

It’s the moms.

Yep, the moms.

I’m quirky. I’m loud. I make jokes that people might not always get. In short, I’m socially awkward.

I have a really hard time just walking up to a group of parents and introducing myself. It’s not that I’m snobby or uninterested in making friends with the other parents – it’s that often times I have zero idea what to contribute to a conversation. Do you want to discuss last nights episode of Doctor Who? I’m totally your girl. Complain about General Mills taking over our beloved organic brand Annie’s? Let’s kvetch! But if you’re going to talk about sports or reality television, I will be completely lost. So, it’s easier to not engage. It doesn’t mean I don’t care, it means I’m terrified of looking like a totally socially inept loser.

We so often tell our children that they should be kind and inclusive to others, sometimes it’s easy to forget that we should do the same thing.

Take pity on me (and others), mamas. When you see a new parent at the bus stop who looks like a deer in the headlights – use the conversational equivalent of Switzerland as a topic – their kids. Every mom wants to talk about their kids. Talk to them about events at school, so that they can ask questions on how things work. Clue them in that NOBODY likes to buy lunch on pasta day because the sauce tastes like dirty dishwater. Just include them. Our kids aren’t the only ones trying to fit in.

Aug 192014
 
The Punky Family Heads Back to Brick & Mortar

So many things have changed recently. When we decided to send the kids to cyber school, it was because we were quite possibly in the world’s worst school district. It wasn’t just academics, it was the whole “hey, don’t get stabbed while you’re there, huh?” vibe which permeates everything. I mean, our crime index put us at 12%. That’s you know… safer than 12% of cities in the US (which doesn’t sound too bad until you realize that also means 88% of the US is safer than Allentown – uhm, [...]

Jul 212014
 
27th Annual Philadelphia Irish Pub Tour de Shore

(You guys know I don’t usually push press releases, but this is a great cause and I wanted to share with you!)   RECORD-BREAKING 2000 BICYCLISTS WILL PEDAL FROM PHILADELPHIA TO ATLANTIC CITY FOR THE 27th ANNUAL IRISH PUB TOUR DE SHORE 65-mile ride to benefit the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation by raising money to local children charities and the families of fallen police officers and firefighters.   PHILADELPHIA – (July 21, 2014) – This Sunday, July 27th, while most of Philadelphia is still sleeping, 2,000 enthusiastic cyclists will take [...]

Jul 182014
 
We did it!

After much drama, much Xanax, many prayers, and a huge sigh of relief when the MIA movers finally showed up (5 hours late!) we are FINALLY in our new home. Thank you for your patience while I get things sorted out. I miss being here! (Also, I have a totally new and exciting project in the works, so I won’t be coming back empty handed!)

Jun 202014
 

I miss you all, I really do. I miss writing, I miss being snarky, I miss oversharing my life with you. However, I’ve entered the most soul-sucking era of my life that I have ever encountered. Moving. We sold our house (yay!) and we bought another one (yay!) and the in-between makes me think they will find me curled up in a corner somewhere with a pretty heavy drinking problem. We close in July, so hopefully I’ll be back soon. Pray for me those around me.

May 212014
 
Derma MD Skincare Review

I was lucky enough to be contacted by the lovely folks over at Derma MD, and sent a great product suite to review. You all know how I’m brutally honest about my skincare products, so how did Derma MD fare? Everyone’s skin type is different and so are their issues and needs. For a LINE to be effective, it must have several active ingredients to provide all the following: ingredients to deep pore cleanse, moisturizing and hydrating ingredients to maintain and increase moisture, antioxidants to protect from free radical damage, [...]

May 142014
 
Mini Spinach and Swiss Quiches with OvenArt Bakeware

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.     Recently I got the chance to check out some silicone baking cups ($19.95) from OvenArt Bakeware. I was excited, because I had never used silicone baking products before. They SEEMED like a great idea, but I wasn’t willing to give up my paper liners. Until now!  OvenArt Bakeware touts their silicone baking cups as “the fun, easy to use, and easy to clean replacement for paper muffin liners!”  They are BPA-free, premium silicone which allows you to bake, [...]

Apr 302014
 
Beauty Army Review

BeautyArmy is a San Francisco based personalized e-commerce company in the beauty and personal care space. Sifting through thousands of products online has become the norm in e-commerce but BeautyArmy has changed that. After completing a quick profile, BeautyArmy technology matches you to products that fit your specific needs. This narrows down the 1.3 million different beauty and personal care products available to a manageable set recommended just for you, based on your unique attributes. BeautyArmy works with over 200 beauty and personal care brands including Stila, NARS, Urban Decay, [...]

Apr 302014
 
Conscious Box Review

This month I got to check out* a great subscription box called Conscious Box! Start replacing the products in your life with healthier choices. Every month, we scour the globe for natural, non-GMO products, like delicious snacks, lush cosmetics and non-toxic cleaners. Then we box them up and send them to you. It’s an easy way to discover new favorites, and start living a healthier, more “conscious” life. Choose a box type: Taster or Plus. The Taster offers a nice, monthly sampling of natural goodies. The Plus is the enhanced [...]

Apr 302014
 
Reducing Plastic, One Step at a Time

Reducing Plastic, One Step at a Time Doctors and researchers have linked BPA in numerous studies to hormone and thyroid problems, behavior issues, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and even kidney and heart conditions. A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology furthermore suggests there is a strong link between exposure to BPA and the increasing incidence of asthma. As consumer awareness surges, manufacturers of plastic products are seeking to avoid the use of the better-known toxins that are being rejected by consumers and use new and different chemicals [...]

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