Chris L

Born in Wisconsin, Chris moved South with her family, first to Richmond, Virginia, and then to Birmingham when she was 12. She loves being a girl raised in the South, and her only remaining Midwestern traits are a love for the Packers and a fondness for bratwurst. In 2010, Chris reconnected with Christopher, a former Birmingham-Southern College classmate, after a random meeting in the cereal aisle at Publix. They married in 2011, not realizing that they were bringing together a perfect storm of teenage angst with their three children. Today, Chris is the center support that keeps the seesaw of her family balanced, leading a blended family of three young adults and enjoying an empty nest. Before the pandemic, most days were busy managing client relationships for a corporate event production company, but after six months of unemployment, she has become the parish administrator aka “the church lady” for her church. When she's not working, she loves reading a rich historical novel, volunteering with her sorority, and planning their next wine-tasting excursions.

Self-Care :: Five Focus Areas for the New Year

The other morning, I watched Dr. Jen Ashton on Good Morning America as she discussed her new book, The Self-Care Solution. I find that Dr. Ashton speaks to me. We are both women of...
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When Mama Needs Wine

Mommy’s little helper. I’m not slurring. I’m speaking cursive. Mama needs some wine. #momlife #WineWednesday We’ve all seen these phrases in memes, on wineglasses and t-shirts, and we likely shared or loved them too. As the holiday...

Summer Thanksgiving and Grandparents’ Day

I looked around the room and realized four generations were gathered that day. On this random Sunday afternoon in August, we had our youngest (a one-year-old great-granddaughter) and our oldest (a 76-year-old great-grandfather) all...

Green with Gorgeous Grandma Envy

I am surrounded by friends and family moving into that coveted phase of parenting: grandparenthood. And I am insanely jealous. My sisters, my best friend from high school, my former boss, it seems everyone...
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Hotel Tips for your Summer Vacation {from a Frequent Business Traveler}

Hotels and I have a long-standing relationship. Wait, that sounds a little risqué. Let me try again. For nearly 20 years, I have worked in the hospitality industry, and I have gained a lot...

Sign Me Up :: Confessions of a Meal Subscription Box Junkie

I love meal subscription boxes. There, I’ve said it out loud. When these meal plans started popping up in my newsfeed, I was skeptical, uncertain of the quality, the shipping process, the variety. But...
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You Won’t Miss That {But You Will Miss These Childhood Moments}

A meme popped into my Insta feed that claimed we mommas would miss cleaning pee from the floor around the toilet. Somehow that was supposed to reassure those of us in the midst of...

Unsolicited Advice :: Put Down the Phone

Unsolicited advice feels like judgment – I get that. But writing for a moms blog is all about providing advice to and sharing experience with other moms in a judgment-free zone, right? So, in...
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The Most Dangerous Road Hazard :: Your Teen Driver

“Novice teen drivers are twice as likely as adult drivers to be in a fatal crash. Despite a 46-percent decline in driver fatalities of 15- to 18-year-olds between 2007 and 2016, teens are still...

Love You Forever

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” When my children were small, a favorite book was Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. I thought back to that...