A World Unfair: Navigating Grief and Pain When a Life is Taken too Soon – Charmin’ Carmen

Yesterday the world lost a beautiful 6 year old girl. Yesterday, a community was faced with the sudden death of an innocent 6 year old child. Yesterday, a special person in my life had to […]


#1000Speak Nurturing a Friend in Need

I was going to post something much different today for #1000Speak, but this morning I heard some news that broke my heart. So instead, my piece will be small, heartfelt, […]

Being a Girl Sucks

Being a girl is hard. Let’s peel away all the extremely important stuff. You know, like unequal pay, social stigmas, and that we live in a mainly misogynistic world. Catcalls […]



Spilt Wine: Never Ever Admit You Stained The Children – Charmin’ Carmen

One of my favorite ways to relax and tune out the monotony of the every day, is to sit around with my girlfriends gabbing about anything and everything, with a glass of  wine. Generally one glass […]

A Single Mom’s Guide to (Successful?) Home Work Outs – Charmin’ Carmen

First? Don’t. But if you insist… I am a single mom to a special needs toddler and a teenager. My life is consistently moving, and there isn’t a lot of […]

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Build Your Village Carefully – A Guest Post

I have been fortunate in this life to have made friends that have become like family to me, my “Village”. I have never been the type of girl to judge […]

I Lie to My Daughter About My Body Image

Standing in front of the steam covered bathroom mirror, naked, dripping wet and quite honestly ashamed of what is looking back at me, my tween daughter barges in “I need […]



To The Girl Who Sent My Boyfriend Naked Pictures 2

To the girl who sent my Boyfriend naked pictures.   We sat outside the restaurant that night, both of us tipsy, after a couple of glasses of wine. Your head […]

You Are My Love – New World Mom

  I see through your pain I own it I bleed it My soul aches You are my love We collided like waves Crashing Untouched sand An enigma You are […]

Burnt Toast: How Chef Training Prepared me for Absolutely Nothing – Charmin’ Carmen.

Ages and ages ago (like 18 years, don’t judge) I was in chef-training. I had a lot of fun working in a catering-style environment, learning how to cook for groups […]

Charmin' Carmen makes burnt toast after chef training

A Few Things This “Cougar” Wants You Guys To Know – New World Mom

Just the other day I was standing in line at the local Tim Horton’s (it’s a Canadian thing), approached by a nice looking guy. Still wet behind the ear’s, but adorable […]