Top 5 Tips to Avoid the Big, Fat Halloween Weight Gain http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131031/BLOGS/310319942/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:15:42 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131031/BLOGS/310319942/-1/blogs01 There were many years when we would spend the whole month of October, and sometimes, even some of September, planning out my kids' costumes for Halloween.

1382345_10153437737705354_2050774568_nhttp://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131030/BLOGS/310309989/-1/blogs01 I was recently invited to contribute a vlog post to Working Mother Magazine.

Working-Mother-October-November-2013http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131023/BLOGS/310239986/-1/blogs01 (Anna is the latest winner of the Lost in Suburbia Stories campaign. She will receive a free copy of my book, “Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir,” and a gift basket from http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131021/BLOGS/310219988/-1/blogs01 Mondays are usually all, “ugh,” “really,” “is it that day again?”  

WCTCBut today I got a chance to [...]]]> Martha Stewart and the Case of the Not-So-Expert Food Blogger http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131018/BLOGS/310189983/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:54:36 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131018/BLOGS/310189983/-1/blogs01 Martha103994PR_027_4I recently stopped by a friend's house for a cup of coffee. She's a mom, like me, and a fantastic cook… not like me.

She always has [...]]]> An Open Letter to My Ovaries http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131017/BLOGS/310179986/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:05:28 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131017/BLOGS/310179986/-1/blogs01 Dear Jezebel and Medusa,

uterusI thought it was time I wrote you, my dear ovaries, a letter. Word on the street has it that you are not happy [...]]]> Redefining my Identity by Thien-Kim http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131016/BLOGS/310169952/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 16 Oct 2013 17:19:23 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131016/BLOGS/310169952/-1/blogs01 (Thien-Kim is the latest winner of the Lost in Suburbia Stories campaign. She will receive a free copy of my book, “Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir,” and a gift basket from http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131015/BLOGS/310159985/-1/blogs01 Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 10.42.13 AM"The squirrel's ate my pumpkins," I moaned to my husband.


"Is that a secret code for something?" he [...]]]> “Lost: My Mind. Reward if Found” by Jennifer M. http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131007/BLOGS/310079987/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:59:05 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131007/BLOGS/310079987/-1/blogs01 (Jennifer M. is the latest winner of the Lost in Suburbia Stories campaign. She will receive a free copy of my book, “Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir,” and a gift basket from http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131004/BLOGS/310049988/-1/blogs01 (This week I was thrilled to contribute to a new site called Dot Complicated!  It is an online community created by Randi Zuckerberg aimed at "untangling" our modern, wired lives.  Please click over to check out my post, and while you’re there, sign up for [...]]]> Lost in Suburbia Stories: “It Takes a Village” by Vikki C. http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130930/BLOGS/309309942/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:20:30 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130930/BLOGS/309309942/-1/blogs01 (Vikki C. is the latest winner of the Lost in Suburbia Stories campaign. She will receive a free copy of my book, “Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir,” and a gift basked from http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130928/BLOGS/309289971/-1/blogs01 school crossingPinch me, but I think this was the first week the kids had an entire week of school without a break since school started.

Knowing that we have a Columbus Day break coming up, [...]]]> Top Ten Things to do at Back to School Night http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130925/BLOGS/309259987/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:38:32 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130925/BLOGS/309259987/-1/blogs01 Last night was Back to School Night at my kids’ school.  

teacherWhen my kids first started school, I loved going to Back to School Night. I loved meeting the teachers, [...]]]> The Accidental Mother By Tracey M. http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130920/BLOGS/309209948/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:05:46 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130920/BLOGS/309209948/-1/blogs01 This week I launched the new “Are You Lost in Suburbia?” community over on my sister site, Lost in Suburbia stories.  I invited women to share THEIR stories about being lost in motherhood and how they found or are finding their way to the other side.  Every week, I’m selecting one story to be featured here on the main blog. Today [...]]]> Announcing the New “Are You Lost in Suburbia?” Community! http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130910/BLOGS/309109899/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:59:14 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130910/BLOGS/309109899/-1/blogs01 When I first got pregnant, I had visions of a beautifully kept home, perfectly prepared meals, and adoring children who slept all night.

AreYouLost-07http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130907/BLOGS/309079999/-1/blogs01 Singing gorillas

I know I write a lot of hyperbolic, self-deprecating posts, 

but in this case it’s [...]]]> Application for your Child to be Friends with our Child http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130904/BLOGS/309049952/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:54:03 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130904/BLOGS/309049952/-1/blogs01 Thank you for your interest in applying for friendship!


Our children met on the school playground and seem to like each other.  We would love to encourage this budding friendship but require some additional information to ensure the match is a suitable one.  We hold our child's friends to the highest standards, or more accurately, we hold their parents to the highest income [...]]]> A Dirt Bath Here, a Dirt Bath There, and a Couple of La Di Das. http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130829/BLOGS/308299957/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:03:15 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130829/BLOGS/308299957/-1/blogs01 Mr. Bubble Vintage AdWhen my kids were little, it often seemed that their purpose in life was to get as absolutely disgustingly dirty as was humanly possible. They achieved this in a number [...]]]> 2 Kids – 1 Kid = Less Work? http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130827/BLOGS/308279987/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 27 Aug 2013 13:11:25 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130827/BLOGS/308279987/-1/blogs01 Somehow I thought things would be easier once my son left for college.

Monty and dishwasher2It was a simple mathematical equation:


2 kids [...]]]> Diary of a Sad Housewife http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130823/BLOGS/308239963/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:22:03 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130823/BLOGS/308239963/-1/blogs01 Sad housewifeThey say you spend 18 years preparing your child for the day he or she will leave the nest.  That’s all very well and good. But who is supposed to prepare YOU for the day your child leaves the nest?


We [...]]]> I’m Having a Bad Day But I Won’t tell You Why http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130813/BLOGS/308139992/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:15:21 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130813/BLOGS/308139992/-1/blogs01 Sad womanI recently wrote about getting blocked on Facebook and the emotional distress this caused me, or to [...]]]> A Letter of Gratitude to Anthony Weiner http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130731/BLOGS/307319971/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:10:35 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130731/BLOGS/307319971/-1/blogs01 Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 4.10.46 PM


Dear Mr. Weiner,

I know you're very busy trying to keep your http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130731/BLOGS/307319999/-1/blogs01 When you’re visiting Chicago, there is really only one thing you absolutely need to do. You have to go out for Cheese, Wine and Swine.


Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 6.21.44 PMhttp://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130730/BLOGS/307309998/-1/blogs01 My blogger posse in Chicago

My blogger posse in Chicago


 


I [...]]]> The Problem with Parenting Studies http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130724/BLOGS/307249965/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 24 Jul 2013 17:11:10 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130724/BLOGS/307249965/-1/blogs01 Toddler on cell phoneWhen I was little, my mother would often let me watch TV for a short time while she did the laundry, cleaned the house, or cooked a meal. [...]]]> You’ve Been Blocked! http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130719/BLOGS/307199999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:03:37 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130719/BLOGS/307199999/-1/blogs01 crying wont help you


I've been blocked on Facebook… again.


When I say, again, I don't mean to make it sound like it's something that happens all the [...]]]> How to Paint a House in New Jersey While You Are in Iceland http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130710/BLOGS/307109993/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:11:00 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130710/BLOGS/307109993/-1/blogs01 20130701_032807 copy

In the midst of my husband’s 50th birthday celebration, my daughter’s sweet 16, my son’s graduation from high school, and a trip to Iceland, we decided to have [...]]]>
A Nip-Nip Here, A Tuck-Tuck There and a Couple of La Di Das… http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130626/BLOGS/306269948/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:01:00 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130626/BLOGS/306269948/-1/blogs01 vintage-ad


As a columnist/blogger, I'm used to getting PR pitches for products, authors, and experts looking for some exposure on my blog. The pitches run from the mundane to the somewhat outrageous. Yet nothing in my pitch-receiving past prepared me for the [...]]]> New on Huffington Post Parents: The Son Also Rises http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130617/BLOGS/306179968/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:15:27 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130617/BLOGS/306179968/-1/blogs01 Holding moms fingersI’ve heard it said that that the first man you fall in love with is your father.


The second man you fall in love with is your husband.


The third is your son.


My son [...]]]> Won’t Ya Let Me Take You On a Sea Cruise? http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130614/BLOGS/306149949/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:22:58 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130614/BLOGS/306149949/-1/blogs01 MP900227556 copyI love fireworks! Especially Fourth of July fireworks!


I haven't missed Fourth of July fireworks in almost 16 years… since the day my daughter was born

… on the [...]]]> Old Spelled Backward is Dlo. That Doesn’t Mean Anything, But it Seems Profound. http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130613/BLOGS/306139970/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:15:32 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130613/BLOGS/306139970/-1/blogs01 old ladyThere’s something about calling yourself middle-aged that sounds like a dirty word. However, by the time you’re in your 40′s, no matter how hold your kids are or how http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130609/BLOGS/306099986/-1/blogs01 20130609_120525_resizedI was having a lovely sunday, the first time in two months I’d actually stopped and relaxed. The sun was shining, the birds were singing,

and the [...]]]>
From Lost in Suburbia to Lost in TV Land http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130603/BLOGS/306039985/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 03 Jun 2013 02:15:35 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130603/BLOGS/306039985/-1/blogs01 Screen Shot 2013-05-20 at 12.43.01 PMA lot of people have been asking me for links to the TV appearances I did on my book tour, so I thought it made sense to put them all in one [...]]]> Can You Hear Me Now? Yes, EVERYONE Can Hear You! http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130529/BLOGS/305299993/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 29 May 2013 11:16:54 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130529/BLOGS/305299993/-1/blogs01 Stacey Ferguson of Blogalicious and Lara DiPaola of Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom at the Bethesda Book and Blow Dry Party

Stacey Ferguson of Blogalicious [...]]]> Mom Jeans, Minivans, and Vibrators, Oh My! http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130521/BLOGS/305219972/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 21 May 2013 20:18:12 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130521/BLOGS/305219972/-1/blogs01 Screen Shot 2013-05-20 at 12.44.15 PMWhen you are going on TV to promote your book, you expect that you will be talking about… http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130519/BLOGS/305199978/-1/blogs01 As I write this blog, I'm sitting on a plane headed home from Chicago. This was the last stop on my Lost in Our Nation’s Capital http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130514/BLOGS/305149999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 14 May 2013 13:01:14 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130514/BLOGS/305149999/-1/blogs01 LTYM picI hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day yesterday and no one got a vacuum cleaner as a gift (unless it was a really good vacuum cleaner).


I got breakfast in bed, lots of hugs, and the chance to be on stage with 19 [...]]]> Lost in Los Angeles http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130511/BLOGS/305119996/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sat, 11 May 2013 11:18:01 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130511/BLOGS/305119996/-1/blogs01 Good DayThe next stop on my Lost in Suburbia “Six City Cool Mom Book and Blow Dry Bar Tour” was Los Angeles. But before I could fly out there, I had an [...]]]> Hot-lanta!! http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130505/BLOGS/305059999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sun, 05 May 2013 04:01:43 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130505/BLOGS/305059999/-1/blogs01 Heather's cupcakesWhen last we left off, I had just wrapped up my book tour stop in Charlottte. We barely had time to bask in the afterglow of a major cupcake binge, when [...]]]> Here’s How They Party in Charlotte!! http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130501/BLOGS/305019933/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 01 May 2013 00:23:22 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130501/BLOGS/305019933/-1/blogs01 This one I can’t blame on the dog.


Yes, he was with me when I went for a run, turned my ankle on some big old rusty bolt in the street, fell down and broke my thumb, but it wasn’t his fault. 20130501_182510 The Third TIme’s the Charm http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130424/BLOGS/304249989/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:20:55 +0000 lostinsuburbiablog http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130424/BLOGS/304249989/-1/blogs01 Monty and book copyI’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I think it might have to do with those brain cells I lost in childbirth. [...]]]>