An empty nest isnít always a bad thing

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:06 a.m.

The last few weeks Iíve been too busy writing to... well Ė to write. I even had a few readers email me to tell me my column was missing! Iím glad somebody noticed!

Hungry for more: A dream come true in the kitchen UPDATED

Sunday, March 2, 2014 7:00 a.m.

Two weeks ago I wrote a column about taking Emma, my 7-year-old foodie, to lunch at Oxford's City Grocery. Emma loves some “fancy food,” and while we were there, she charmed her way into the heart of our server, Jennifer, and eventually into the kitchen to get her first behind-the-scenes look at a professional kitchen.

Full stomachs, full hearts UPDATED

Sunday, February 23, 2014 7:00 a.m.

After battling “The Stomach Virus of 2013” and emerging victorious, I have spent the last two weeks battling my seven-year-old's asthma. …

A winter respite: Top 10 reasons why I need spring

Friday, February 21, 2014 1:51 p.m.

To say Iím ready for springtime would be like saying you need air to breathe. I need spring. I need it now and here are the top 10 reasons why:

I met my 2014 resolution before the clock ever struck midnight on December 31st

Sunday, January 26, 2014 12:22 p.m.

We had a wonderful low key Christmas at home here in Greenwood, MS. My mother came to visit for a few days and the girls enjoyed playing with a few new things and being at home. Zeb used his remaing vacation days for the year to be at home with us and built the girls the most amazing sets of bunk beds youíve ever seen in your life. If you follow …

Everybodyís got their strange, little quirks

Sunday, January 12, 2014 7:04 a.m.

As I was thinking about my New Yearís article, I came across a blog post by one of my favorite author/bloggers, Jen Hatmaker. It was her New Yearsí post from 2011, she writes about how she adores all of the end of year lists that pop up online around this time of year. So she makes her own listÖ of her Top 5 Quirks, I read the post and half of the …

Writer shares the tears of a clown

Sunday, January 5, 2014 11:59 a.m.

I donít want anyone, anywhere to confuse what Iím about to say - but sometimes the holidays just suck.

Love for a great dog changes even hardest heart

Sunday, December 29, 2013 9:45 a.m.

I am not an animal person. I donít think this is a secret to anyone who knows me, or anyone who has been reading my column for any length of time. …

The Elf on a Shelf just needs a vacation

Sunday, December 22, 2013 9:33 a.m.

Iím not sure if youíve heard about this new thing that Santa has been up to for the last few years. Apparently, he needed a little help keeping tabs on who was naughty and nice and started sending elves to kidsí houses to monitor their behavior 24/7.

War Eagle: One second changes everything for Auburn fan

Sunday, December 15, 2013 10:04 a.m.

I had so many great ideas for this weekís column. I was going to write about the epic Thanksgiving we had on The Farm at my in-laws in Alabama. I was going to tell yíall about how Sadie was my bed buddy every night and how I stared at her for an hour after she fell asleep amazed that she is mine.

Columnist thankful for readers like you

Sunday, December 8, 2013 6:57 a.m.

I’ve watched on Facebook as my friends have done 30 Days of Thankfulness and while I haven’t participated, I have definitely been thinking about what I’m thankful for. Here’s my top ten list of things I’m thankful for this holiday season:

It’s the simple things that count at the holidays

Thursday, November 28, 2013 10:34 a.m.

This past weekend my sister, her husband and two kids drove from Daphne, Al., to Greenwood, Miss., to spend the weekend with my family. We had plans on celebrating Thanksgiving together a little early, since we live so far apart and don’t normally get to see each other on holidays. That was until my sister, Blair (Aunt B to my kids) had a …

Mom and daughter have ‘the talk’ over chocolate and peanut butter

Saturday, November 23, 2013 8:14 a.m.

This past week Emma, my 7-year-old, middle child had to have a little outpatient surgery in Jackson, Miss. Because we live about two hours away and we needed to be at the hospital at 6 a.m, Zeb and I decided to take her to Jackson the night before to spend the night. The child loves to eat and I knew she wouldn’t make it two hours without …

Mom thinks of ways to scare girls straight away from Halloween

Saturday, November 9, 2013 1:25 p.m.

Halloween is not my favorite — I know this is probably shocking information. You are probably asking yourself, “But why wouldn’t you love to chase three small children fueled by high fructose corn syrup all over town in the pitch black praying that they don’t get hit by a car or lost in the dark?”

Daughter’s ‘Very Serious Cooking Show’ turns hilarious

Sunday, November 3, 2013 1:51 p.m.

While I was cooking dinner one night last week, my 7-year-old, Emma, and Sadie, her 4-year-old sister were playing with Playdoh at the kitchen counter when they decided to grab an iPad and film a “cooking show.” Hilarity and hijinks ensued.

Buzzing mosquitoes make people do crazy things

Thursday, October 24, 2013 9:32 a.m.

I love my husband. I feel like I should get that out there before I tell you how I almost killed him in cold blood this weekend — I love him. I’d marry him all over again. I like to hold his hand and sit really close to him in church. Sometimes I miss him when he goes to work and occasionally, after almost 16 years of marriage, I …

It only take one game day to birth two new football fans

Sunday, October 20, 2013 7:03 a.m.

I’ll be really honest, I mostly like football season because I get to eat Fritos covered in dips made with cream cheese and Lil’ Smokies wrapped in bacon, but I do love me some Auburn football.

As daughters age, sleeping arrangements get changed

Sunday, October 13, 2013 6:23 a.m.

My family of five lives in a three bedroom, two bath house, which means that as long as we have had three kids, two of them have been sharing a room.

Daughters’ first big concert a night to remember

Friday, October 4, 2013 9:39 a.m.

I have a confession to make — after I bought three Taylor Swift concert tickets back in December, I went to my bathroom and cried like a baby. I cried so hard, that I set off my own mother’s Mommy Radar in Alabama.

Columnist thanks blond muses for getting her on list

Thursday, September 26, 2013 8:49 a.m.

Last Thursday was no different from any other school day at the O’Bryant household. Emma was up and dressed before the sun came up. Sadie was wearing a princess dress on top of her school uniform and was lying in the floor pretending she didn’t know how to put on her velcro tennis shoes. Aubrey asked for five more minutes so many …

Daughters await Taylor Swift concert with baited breath

Friday, September 20, 2013 9:39 a.m.

I’m taking Aubrey and Emma, my 9-year-old and 7-year-old, to see Taylor Swift in concert later this month. I bought the tickets almost 10 months ago, but I waited until this summer to tell them to avoid to question, “How many more days, Momma?” for as long as possible.

One-on-one time with each child yields suprising secrets

Thursday, September 12, 2013 9:42 a.m.

Over the last few weeks I’ve started looking for opportunities to spend time with each of my daughters, one on one. It’s easy for little personalities to get lost in the mix.

Christlike behavior is in eye of the beholder

Saturday, September 7, 2013 8:05 a.m.

My three girls go to a private school and as part of their character development, each week of school features a different positive character trait. Teachers encourage the students to practice these behaviors in the classroom and at home.

In the game of chicken, mom flinches first

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 9:54 a.m.

This school year, my 4-year-old started a 4K program at the same elementary school her older sisters attend. Sadie is used to the routine of school from her 3-year-old class last year, but there have been some minor adjustments to get used to: She now wears a uniform to school. No more mismatched socks, polka dotted shirts and striped skirts. My …

How long will smooth new school routine last?

Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:45 a.m.

Our school year has started off so smoothly it almost looks like it was scripted. All three girls were thrilled to meet their teachers on the first day of school. Everyone has laid their uniforms out the night before, gone to bed early, woken up easily, dressed themselves and had time to spare before getting in the minivan to head to school.

The older kids get, the less bittersweet some milestones seem

Thursday, August 15, 2013 9:55 a.m.

This is the first summer, in the history of all summers, that I haven’t openly rejoiced with singing and clapping of hands at the arrival of the school supply aisle at Wal-mart. Maybe it’s because school started so early for us this year or maybe because my kids sleep late, make themselves breakfast and only wake me so they can climb …

Say it loud: I’m a mini-van driving mom and I’m proud

Friday, August 9, 2013 1:07 p.m.

There are so many things you think you know about being an adult before you are one: how to discipline kids, how to have a successful marriage, how you’ll never turn into your own mother, get into debt, or let yourself go or drive a minivan. Life seems so easy before you’ve lived it.

Life in the Delta makes visits to civilization even sweeter

Monday, August 5, 2013 4:42 p.m.

There are a lot of bonuses to living in a small town in Mississippi, which I (mostly) lovingly, refer to as 1937.

Child offers to clean? Sure sign it’s time for a nap

Sunday, July 28, 2013 3:09 p.m.

Last week I wrote about trying to teach my kids how to keep it classy while passing gas.

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