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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The Carnival is Just Like Summer School. Really.

Have you gotten to that point in the summer where, if your kids are anything like ours, you can actually see the knowledge oozing out of their ears like a Popsicle melting on a parking lot seven inches away from the concession stand? Was this the summer you weren’t going to let that happen? Did […]

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Enough with the Thigh Gap! Attacking Body Image is Not a Hobby.

Yoo-Hoo! Society! I’ve been thinking you should get a new hobby–something that will divert your attention away from creating new and ridiculous ways to tear apart the female body piece by piece like your latest weapon of mass destruction: thigh gap. How about you take up something like soap making instead of undermining women’s spirits?  […]

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Big Love Camping: 5 Moms, 13 Kids, and a Gazillion Memories

This was the sixth year of our annual Big Love camping trip! The gist is a bunch of moms (us plus three friends) gather a bunch of kids (mostly our own, but there are some tag-a-longs) and go to the biggest ol’ cabin/conference center in Janes Island State Park, near Crisfield, MD. Now we realize […]

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Thank You Summer—Jimmy Fallon Style

Nobody does gratefulness like Jimmy Fallon. His Thank-You Notes make US grateful we have a DVR, because Erin goes to bed too early to see him live.   1. Thank you, summer, for exquisite sunsets and blogging for making it impossible to just sit here and enjoy it. 2. Thank you chemistry for protecting our kids […]

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Hit it Out of the Ballpark With this Hot Dog Bar

Erin’s husband Steve is a purist. He likes his hot dog boiled and then topped with yellow mustard and a little relish. If you can wrap it in foil and he can eat it in a ballpark watching his beloved Orioles play, all the better. This post is not for him. It is,  however, most […]

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Disney Frozen Toy Giveaway!

Once upon a time we had little girls who loved to dress up as princesses. They loved Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, Cinderella, and Belle. But as little girls are wont to do, they grew up. Now they no longer dress up, unless it’s for prom or homecoming, but we’ll tell you a secret . . […]

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How to Pick Where to Go for a Mammogram

The PR is good enough that we all know we have to take care of The Girls. You know . . . your milk bags, sweater hams, bee stings, tas-tas, boobies, or if we’re being absolutely mature and proper–your breasts. The first step is knowing when to get a mammogram. This is thankfully so straightforward […]

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Stop Locking Their Childhoods in a Closet

The good ol’ summertime is a fantastic time to slow it down and really smell the roses. So to speak. Erin: It’s also a perfect time to have it smack you in the face just how fast your babies are growing up. We just had our LAST first lost tooth over here. I know. Sniff. […]

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Books For Your Bedside Table through the Tween and Teen Years

In a little over a month, my fourth kiddo will cross over to the dark place known as Tweendom. This means for those of you keeping score at home that I will soon have a house bursting at the seams with teens and tweens. Please send reinforcements in the form of Diet Coke and chocolate. […]

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How to Save the World Without Really Trying: Pitch the Paper Towels

Having five kids means different things to different people. To my  parents, it means that they have lots of grandkids to brag about. To my friends, it means I’m the one who never completes her sentences and is always begging for a carpool . To my kids, it means hearing fifty times a day “siblings […]

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