20 Things That Never Get Old About Having Kids

So many things about having kids are boring and stressful and repetitive and get old really, really fast.  Like diaper changing, wiping butts, the crying, the lack of sleep, the never-ending efforts to feed people involving shopping, cooking, cajoling and cleaning up.  The bathing, the fighting, the paci retrieving, the constant echo of “Mommy, mommy, mommy.” The Potty training.  Oh, the potty training.

But there are a few things I’ve found that never get old, even after 7 years of motherhood. Here’s my list.  I’d love to hear yours.

Things that Never get Old about Having Kids - Toulouse & Tonic1.  That gut-busting giggle hysteria – you know the one – that causes your kid to clutch his stomach and roll over on his side to catch his breath – when he thinks something silly is really really hysterical. [Read more...]

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The Surprising Tool That Helped Me Sell My House

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hot Shot® Insecticides.

Last summer, we decided it was time to move.  I can’t even get into how horrible it was to put our house on the market at the very moment the kids got out of school for the summer.  To have to be able to let people into my house with a few minute’s notice with a 6 year old and a 1 year old running right behind me messing up every single thing I cleaned or put away?  It was a horror. And the main reason I will NEVER. MOVE. AGAIN.

But honestly, although the kids threw a big wrench into the whole keeping the house show-ready thing, there was another set of creatures that were even worse.  For some reason (maybe it was a really dry summer?) every ant in Atlanta, Georgia decided to set up housekeeping in my kitchen.

The Surprising Tool That Helped Me Sell My House #HotShotListen, as we’ve discussed before here, I’m not the best housekeeper.  But I’m also not the worst.   [Read more...]

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Confessions of a PlayGroup Hater

I haven’t been to an official “playgroup” in years but now I have a toddler again and since he’s now the same age Asher was when I was taking him to playgroups, I’m having flashbacks.  I don’t think I’ll be doing it this time around and here’s why.  I confess.  I hated playgroup.

I went to playgroup because I was searching for something. But playgroup was not it.

It was lame-o. It was boring. It didn’t make me feel better about my child-centered life. It made me feel worse.

3 Ways to Make Playgroup More Fun (for you) - Toulouse & TonicListening to conversations about making yogurt from scratch [Read more...]

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8 Signs Your Husband Is Annoying You Around The House

The kids are back in school today, FINALLY, so next week I’ll at last have a chance to write something new for you.  In the meantime, here’s one of my more popular posts about my husband and his annoying household habits.  Enjoy – and add your  thoughts in the comments!


husbandannoying2I’m not sure what happens to a man’s listening skills between the time you’re dating and the time you’ve been married for a few years but I know that my hubs used to listen to me closely when we were dating and then intentionally repeat things I’d said back to me randomly weeks later just to prove it.

Things are, ahem, a little different now.

I say things 1001 times and still — DOES NOT COMPUTE.

Lately, I’ve resorted to making signs because I’m so tired of repeating myself.

As much shit as I give him about not listening to me anymore, I will say this.

The things I used to talk about were probably a lot more interesting than the things I talk about now. [Read more...]

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