Laura likes to run. She uses it as an excuse to escape her 12, 7 and 5-year-old kids. Cameron, Audrey, and Lexi are amazing but exhausting. Fortunately, Laura’s partner in crime, Craig is pretty amazing himself. They’ve been married too many years to count and moved to Riverview when it was still cows in pastures. Laura worked for 18 years in television news, most recently as Executive Producer of Fox 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay, before taking the leap to the Hillsborough County School District where she works in Communications. Laura’s pet peeves include the use of “lol” and people who wear Crocs.

Explaining the “C” Word to my Little Ones

My mom got her cancer diagnosis about two weeks before Thanksgiving. She had a small, stage 1 cancer in her right lung. The doctor recommended surgery to remove half her right lung. I had...
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Playing Outside Without Me? Are They Safe?

This Winter Break was monumental for my little family. I became “comfortable” with my two girls, ages 6 and 8, playing outside without me. I’ve always wanted them to be more active and this Winter...
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Mission Impossible – Gift-Giving for Tweens

Cameron is 12—nearly 13. That's right a tween. And so this year, I began my impossible journey of gift-giving for tweens. He is, without a doubt, the hardest person I have to buy a Christmas...
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Discussing the Seriousness of School Threats with Your Child

It seems every morning when you turn on the news you see the same story—children are arrested for making false school threats. This morning, some kid posted a vague school threat on Instagram along with...

Should Halloween ALWAYS be on Saturday? The Great Pumpkin Debate!

Many of us know the struggle that comes when October 31 falls on a weekday, as it does this year. We rush out of work, road-raging our way through the congested streets of Tampa Bay,...

My Best Friend is a Better Mom than I am!

I came to an interesting realization recently. My best friend is a better mom than I am. I’m not saying she loves her children more—but I am saying she has more patience and better...

Tales from the Toilet—The Mystery of the Empty Toilet Paper Roll

Seriously, how hard is it to replace the toilet paper roll? Really? Let’s count the steps. #1 – Remove old roll. #2 – Waddle to the closet to retrieve new roll. #3 – Place new roll on plastic thingy #4...

Why 40 is Downhill to Death for Me

40 doesn’t just sound old. It is old. 40 is downhill. I turned 40 this year and every single thing about it has sucked. See the little lines forming on my forehead, around my...

Teacher Appreciation Week—What Teachers REALLY want!

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up May 6th - 10th with Teacher's Day on Tuesday, May 7th and I’m SO excited! My kids’ teachers are going to love the “I Love Teaching” hand towels...
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Becoming a Mom Has Made Me INSANELY Afraid of Flying

I have always hated flying. Always had an unreasonable fear of getting on an airplane. But it has gotten exponentially worse since I’ve become a mom. Now, I'm insanely afraid of flying. I write this,...