Jeanie is a perfectly imperfect mama, transplanted to Cordova fresh out of graduate school. She and her husband, Matt, had no intent on making Memphis “home” – but ten years later, they’re still here (and love it!). They have three saucy gingers, along with three “fur babies”. Between homeschooling and chairing graduate Psychology departments online, life is never boring in the Whinghter house. It’s no surprise that Jeanie fancies coffee, but she also loves bargain shopping and embarrassing her children with her questionable singing/dancing skills. She’s had more #PinterestFails that she can count and has perfected the art of giving a good pep talk (watch out, puberty!). Motherhood has slowly transformed her into the “uncool” Mom she thought she’d never be, yet she’s never felt cooler or more content with her life.

Is a dog trainer REALLY worth it?

If you'd asked me if I needed a dog trainer in my life, I'd have served you a quick NOPE.  Of course, now that I'm doing all the other things I swore I'd never do...
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Day Trippin’ :: Safari Park

Memphis is full of culture and family-friendly things to do, which is one of the reasons that I love it so darn much. But every once in a blue moon, it's nice to get...

How to Communicate with a Pregnant Lady

Have you ever wished that people had signs over their heads - like cartoon bubbles - that showed exactly what they were really thinking?  I'll let you in on a secret that moms already know:...

I date other people. And my husband couldn’t be happier.

All the buzz in the Married Mom World is about how we need to date our spouses. Get a babysitter and take a night out, they say. Pretend you're newlyweds. Take a night to...

Kids Don’t Need Perfect Parents :: Perfecting the Parental “Do-Over”

Ever have one of "those days"?  Days when the kids CANNOT get along.  Days when you consider joining your screaming toddler on the floor at Target, because you CAN'T EVEN today. Days when you swear that you're...

Your Body :: It’s Worth It!

Pregnancy gave me two things – a brand new baby and a brand new body. One thrilled me a bit more than the other, especially with swimsuit season looming just around the corner. You...

We Lost Our Dog:: Teaching Children to Grieve

Yesterday was a tough day. We said goodbye to the dog who has seen us through everything for the past eleven years. She was here before children filled our house with noise. She was here...

Buckle up, Buttercup: A Letter to my Twenty Something Self

Dear Twenty-Something Self, You think you've really got things figured out, don't you? You know how things are going to be, and you're pumped for the future. I hate to be the one to tell...

My husband lost his job – now what?

When my husband and I got married, we were ready for anything and everything life could throw at us.  Pets? No problem!  House training, shmouse training. Kids? Pfft, we got this. Let's make a whole soccer...
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Avoiding the Holiday Hangover: Doing More of Less

Ahhh, the holidays... I rush around in an attempt to capture all the holiday magic, floating from activity to activity, making every second count. Then *POOF,* I wake up exhausted with little memory of...