Ellen’s Famous Peaches and Cream Pie

My general philosophy: If it’s not chocolate, it’s not worth the calories . . . EXCEPT when it comes to this peaches and cream pie. But as good as this pie is, it only makes an appearance once a year because I am a stickler about using fresh peaches. But by one appearance, I really […]

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Postcards from the Edge: Books About Grief and Loss and Hope

Grief takes you places. These can be dark, hard, lonely places where a tsunami of emotions threatens to pull you under. When you are moving through that forbidding space, you may be looking for anything that can bring a little light into the dark corners.  We like what T. H. White’s Merlyn says in The […]

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The PTA Can Be A Suburban Scourge

Have you gathered your pitchforks? Put them away! We’re pro volunteering, we swear! Volunteering makes this world a sweeter place to live and we strive to encourage giving hearts in our children. BUT (you knew there was a but), sometimes we feel like the butt of some cosmic PTA joke because nothing is ever simple. […]

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If We Had to Marry Where We Met Our Husbands

Last week we posted this on our Facebook page: We absolutely loved reading all the different places people met “The One.” In movie terms, these are the “meet cute” scenes where the romantic leads lock eyes for the first time in an adorable, entertaining, or amusing way. Our readers shared “meet cute” settings ranging from […]

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How To Use Those Busted Pool Noodles

It’s the end of the summer. A summer that was filled with a ton of pool fun like this:   But such fun is not without its casualties. Not this sort of casualty. This happened on dry land playing volleyball. No, I’m talking about the pile of pulverized pool toys baking on my driveway. The […]

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Is Blogging Worth It If You Don’t Make Money?

“Cocktail Party” conversation can really, well, drive you to want to down a cocktail. Erin: Cocktail parties? Who is going to cocktail parties? Do you have a secret life I don’t know about? Ellen: That is why cocktail party was surrounded by quotes. One of these days I’m going to write an air quote manual […]

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Top 9 Reasons Not To Clean Out That Minivan

Don’t catch that back-to-school cleaning bug just yet! Here are 9 reasons NOT to clean out that minivan. By Ellen Williams Erin Dymowski

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How To Get Conversations With Your Kids Rolling

We talk about talking with your kids a lot. You can read about it here and here. But how, oh how, do you make it easier? Try a little something we like to call “Stop, Drop, and Roll with it.” Stop the lectures. Drop the awkward broaching of even awkward-er topics. Roll with the conversation. […]

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The “Ignore No More” Phone App: Perfection or Helicopter Parenting?

Recently, we posted this on our Sisterhood Facebook page: A mom created an app called “Ignore No More”.  It is exactly what it sounds like. Your kid ignores your text? You lock down their phone until they respond. It generated a nice little conversation on our page with many “Heck yeahs” and “Perfects,” but we […]

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Hold Onto Summer Book List

  Pumpkins may be pushing pool noodles from the shelves, but there is still summer to be had! The sun is still blazing, our legs are still sticking to the car seats, and more importantly, there are still some great beach reads to be devoured. Now when we say “Beach Reads” we are not talking […]

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5 Things All Teen Girls Need

It’s back-to-school and we’re gathering all of the necessary supplies for a great year. It’s so much work to fill those carts, and really painful to empty those wallets, but that’s not where the prep ends. With the start of school, calendars explode with activity and what’s important to the core of our girls’ lives […]

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Our Dirty Little Back To School Secret

We have a dirty little secret . . . Come a little closer . . . Closer . . . WE HATE THAT OUR KIDS ARE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL! Erin: Whoa, I just felt pitchforks clanking and hackles raising through the WiFi waves! Ellen: Don’t kick us off of the island! We honor your […]

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How Do You Make a Giveaway Great? Put A Little Boogie In It.

In celebration of Great Grape Boogie Wipes being sold at Walmart, we’re teaming up with Boogie Wipes to offer the Great Grape Summer Giveaway! We understand that if you have been hanging around here for a while, you might be scratching your head thinking, “Aren’t Erin’s and Ellen’s kids a little old for the Boogie […]

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Best Turkey Burger Recipe Ever!

Vacationing with family is the best. Not only are you making great family memories like these: You also are privy to how the other half of the family lives. You get new obsessions (thanks Aunt Karen for the non-stop Settlers of Catan marathons!), but you also get great new recipes. Everyone knows that summer is […]

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7 Reasons to Tell Your Kids to Take a Hike

This is the point of summer break where the natives start getting restless.  Vacation has come and gone, tidy craft corners have fallen into disarray, and summer bucket lists lie in tattered shreds.  Now is the time for twiddling thumbs and casting around for things to do, right? Fortunately for you, we at The Sisterhood […]

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Fourth Time Is A Charm: Should You Have a Fourth Child?

A friend with an equally oversized brood once said, “Every time I open the van doors, I hear circus music.” Amen, sister, and I never unloaded a minivan again without cuing up a little Big Top soundtrack in my head. Big families are many things, but subtle we are not. One thing we most definitely […]

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