6 Ways to Fix a Sexless Marriage Before It's Too Late

When you first meet someone and pass the courting stage you will probably enter a period where you enjoy sex at every opportunity you get, this could be daily or twice daily.  However, every couple experiences a reduced need for sex as the relationship becomes more comfortable.  This does not mean the love has gone, rather that the time available has reduced.  Commitments at work and at home will often drain you physically and emotionally leaving very little time Read more

What to Do if Your Teenager or Young Adult Has a Drug Problem

Drug addiction can happen at any age, and nobody is exempt from the risk of becoming an addict. Teenagers may become addicted to drugs for a number of different reasons, whether they started trying a drug simply to experiment or have fun or as a result of more serious underlying issues such as depression, anxiety or chronic stress. If your teenager is using drugs and continues to use them despite the real risks of harmful consequences, you may need Read more

8 Surprising Reasons Why You Wake Up Tired

We humans need our sleep. Most of us feel at our best when we have had around seven hours of uninterrupted sleep. We then wake up full of the joys of life, ready to face the world. It is a different story if you haven’t slept well. You wake up feeling like death, hollow-eyed and groggy, and then spend the rest of the day fighting to stay awake. Everyone has a few bad nights here are there, usually when kids Read more

Women’s Guide to Anti-Aging Skin

You can never start too early to prevent your skin from showing signs of ageing. What you need is the right skincare and lifestyle tips to send them packing. Here are some tips to help you save face. Pack Your Moisturizer No matter what moisturizer you use, anything that will soften your skin will go the distance to giving you supple skin that is less likely to show wrinkles. However, there are some ingredients that will make your skin even softer, Read more

Ghetto Nuns and Margarita Handshakes

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On our way to Wal-Mart yesterday and after leaving Applebee’s where one Pontilicious had several Happy Hour margaritas (have you ever seen the size of those puppies?!), we stopped at a convenience store in a rather – unpleasant? – part of town. This resulted in the following conversation:

PONTILICIOUS: Did you really lock the doors when I went inside?

ME: Yes!

PONTILICIOUS: Why? I was right there (points to inside of store). Literally, feet from you. Only that glass window was between us.

ME: I don’t care. This is not the best area of town. I didn’t want someone car jacking us or taking one of the kids. Read more

It Has Nothing To Do With Boobs

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ME: Did I just hear you say “righty tighty, lefty loosey”?


ME: What the hell?

PONTILICIOUS: I couldn’t figure something out and that helped. Shoot me.

ME: Wow.

CADEN: Doesn’t that have something to do with boobs? Read more

Crystal Stands for Whaaaat?

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Today was not a good morning around the Ponti household. After waking up again at 4:00 AM and cleaning the entire house by six, I was feeling a little worn out and hostile. Caden got up shortly after six, came out to the kitchen and set a stack of papers on the counter. I happened to glance down and noticed the word “lier” written on a red piece of decorated construction paper. Here’s what unfolded: Read more

And the Bat Says “Beep Beep Beep”

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PONTILICIOUS: Do bats have sonar?
ME: Yep. Bats do indeed have sonar.
PONTILICIOUS: Like the kind that goes “beep beep beep?”
ME: (paused – in a state of confusion and disbelief) Are you serious?
ME: You’re dead serious, aren’t you? Read more

A Proud Parenting Moment

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Wikipedia: Freedom From Fear is a painting by Norman Rockwell, which was published in the March 13, 1943 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post as part of the “Four Freedoms” series. 

Like many parents, I’ve tried to raise my kids to be responsible, non-racist, productive human beings. I’m by no means a perfect mother, far from it, but the one thing I have always asked of them is to be accepting and don’t judge. Sometimes you wonder if the things you say actually get through. When Caden brought home an essay entitled “Freedom of Fear” it was vindication and one of my proudest parenting moments. The paper and his words were proof that all my jabbering has been heard. Take a look. I’ve broken up the essay into two images with some overlap (sorry about that): Read more

Happy 13th Birthday, Caden!

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It’s Caden’s birthday – at least his official one! We’ll celebrate this weekend with a bunch of his friends, too. Read more

Picasso Birthdays

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Some kids want cold hard cash. Others are all about the video games and urban clothing. Caden, well…

ME: Why did you draw a male body part on the mirror in the bathroom?
CADEN: I was bored.
ME: You go in there to take showers. To take poops. To brush your teeth. Not to practice your art skills. Please don’t do that again.
CADEN: Can I draw them in other places?
ME: What kind of question is that?
ME: Why would you want to draw…those…at all?
CADEN: Because it’s hilarious.
ME: So is waking you up with a gym whistle. But you don’t see me doing that, do you?
CADEN: That would be boss!
ME: Just please refrain from drawing those things on the mirrors. Anywhere.
CADEN: Can I have one free pass?
ME: Why?
CADEN: Because it’s my birthday tomorrow! Read more

No More Passive Parent Homework Participation

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As parents, we are held accountable for our kids doing their homework. I totally get this and completely agree with the mentality and approach. What I don’t agree with is a relatively new tactic that teachers are using. Google docs! Just look: Read more