This is helping a little bit.


Okay, so I’m in my second week of dealing with generalized anxiety and panic attacks related to some health stuff. (Not to worry- nothing terribly serious. And I’m doing enough worrying for the collective group, trust me.) Stinking great times over here, let me tell you.

This sounds a little bizarre, but the best I’ve felt in the past week or so is when I’m driving and “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk plays on the radio. It’s the little things, people.

Imagine my delight when I saw this video on Facebook. Kind of made my morning.

Anyone up for a Soul Train dance line?


Breaking Bad Habits and Potty Training. Good Stuff.


You guys, this has been a rough week for many. Sorry for the silence, but I’ve been dealing with some stuff myself over here. Hopefully I’ll be back next week feeling just fab.

In the meantime, here are two of the latest Mama Said videos – Kristen and I are answering reader questions this month, and the first focuses on potty training. (If anything, you should probably listen to my original pee pee song at the 5:15 mark. I’m totally available for weddings.)

The second one deals with bad habits we are trying to break for the sake of our children. My biggest is cussing.

Wait, do you call it cussing or cursing? I guess I’m in the ‘cussing’ camp…

If you have any questions you’d like us to cover in future videos, feel free to leave them in the comments. Happy Memorial Day weekend – I hope you have a fun, relaxing three days off with your families.


How To Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims


how to help oklahoma tornado victims

I hate that I’m writing this right now.

D and I had one of our very favorite photographers shoot our home today, and I was literally brimming with excitement, knowing we were one step closer to sharing photos of our home’s transformation. That was, until about halfway through the shoot when texts, emails, and messages started rolling in.

“Is your family safe?”

“Praying for you and your family.”

“The destruction is horrible. I’m so sorry.”

Honestly, I had no idea what those texts were about. I had been diligently cleaning and styling my home halfway across the country, completely oblivious to the world.

And then I sat down and saw it for myself. My hometown, ravaged by yet another tornado, and it brought me right back to May of 1999. I was living in Oklahoma City when that tornado destroyed miles and miles of homes and lives, and it was one of the most frightening days of my life.

I can’t imagine what my hometown is dealing with right now. (Except I kind of can. It’s absolutely harrowing.) Elementary schools destroyed. Death and destruction everywhere.

You all, I can tell you firsthand that what you’re seeing on your computer and television doesn’t even compare to what is actually going on in Oklahoma right now. Neighborhoods gone, little children aimlessly walking around battered neighborhoods looking for their parents, absolute confusion and chaos.

Please help. Your resources and donations will make a huge difference. Here are some ways to help:

Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the disaster relief fund – this took me about 10 seconds to complete

If you prefer to donate to the Red Cross online, click here.

You can text FOOD to 32333 (the OK Food Bank) to give $10 to help with relief efforts via News 9

The Salvation Army

Feed The Children Disaster Relief

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief of Oklahoma

World Vision

If you are looking for a family member, please visit Safe & Well.

Google Crisis Map

The Penn South Pet Clinic is collecting displaced animals.

Annie’s Ruff House in Norman, OK is taking any dogs displaced by the tornadoes in Moore.

I will update this list as I learn of more ways to help.

God bless Oklahoma.


Odds and Ends



This is going to be a short list, folks. Mama is so sleep deprived this week. (I’m telling you right now, PMS + a couple of childbirths + nearing 40 = WHACKADOODLE. It seems I’m not the only one, either. What gives, you all? Is this happening to you too?)

1. This video of toddlers eating foods is hilarious, and the slow motion is the icing on the cake.

2. Stop what you’re doing and bust out this arm workout from beginning to end. Try not to cry. Hurts so good.

3. 33 meticulous cleaning tricks for the OCD person inside of you. Enough said.

4. Local yogis, I’m still on the hunt for a yoga studio. Looking for zen, not so much “yoga fusion” (aka blaring pop music and headsets). Any recs?

5. I’ve got two articles up at P&G Beauty this week. How to get beachy waves, and 70s-inspired hairstyles. Speaking of, how did your mom wear her hair in the seventies? My mom’s was long, super straight, and she loved to wear it pulled back in a tight ponytail. 70s chic, for sure.

Enjoy your weekend, lovely friends. Get some sleep.

photo credit: Rio de Janiero by Tony Kelly