Paying It Forward

Paying It Forward

By Tracy Madlener   I have a friend who has a friend that is in need of a little help.  She is a single mom that is barely making ends meet and my friend helps her when she can.  Her friend told her not to help her anymore, not because she was able to stand […]

Ingredient Labels- It Says What?

Ingredient Labels- It Says What?

By Tracy Madlener I can remember the first time I read an article about the health affects of high fructose corn syrup.  As soon as I finished reading the information, I went into the pantry and started checking the labels to see if I had any of that “unknown stuff” in my packaged foods.  Low […]

GMOs- It’s What’s For Breakfast

GMOs- It’s What’s For Breakfast

By Tracy Madlener The other day my youngest asked me how much GMOs does a person eat on a daily basis.  A good conversation ensued and by the time we were done, I realized that people who don’t read labels or who are unfamiliar with GMOs eat GMOs with every single meal… every single day.  […]

One Dollar = 77 Cents?

One Dollar = 77 Cents?

By Tracy Madlener Listening to NPR the other day, the topic of equal pay came up and I instantly turned up the radio in my car.  I don’t know what I was expecting to hear but after tuning in, I really didn’t learn anything new.  It’s the same ole same ole and women still aren’t […]

Mommy!! Can You Hear Me?

Mommy!! Can You Hear Me?

By Tracy Madlener I have written many opinion pieces on parenting and I’m always surprised that I don’t have more hate mail sitting in my inbox at the end of my day.  I am downright harsh on bad parenting but I am also the first one to admit when I’ve made a mistake.  I mean […]

Why I Am a Spicie Woman- Tracy’s Turn

Why I Am a Spicie Woman- Tracy’s Turn

By Tracy Madlener My parents divorced when I was about two years old.  I’m sure being just eighteen had something to do with it, as I can’t imagine being so mature at that age to be an adult, a parent, and now divorced before ever having a legal drink at the bar.  Yes, they were […]

I’m Your Mother… Not Your Friend

I’m Your Mother… Not Your Friend

By Tracy Madlener I am a mom of two kids and I have been known to tell them that I am their mother, not their friend.  The first time I told my youngest that, her face crumpled and it hurt my heart to not give her a warm mommy hug, but she was being naughty […]

Wake Up And Smell The GMOs

Wake Up And Smell The GMOs

By Tracy Madlener I am angry.  I can’t believe that I live in a country where the food I buy and give to my children is not trustworthy.  I am astounded that there are well known businesses in America that are using the citizens who live here in this country as their lab rats.  I […]

Are You Letting Your Inner Child Make Your Grown Up Decisions?

Are You Letting Your Inner Child Make Your Grown Up Decisions?

By Tracy Madlener I have a teenage son who I’m constantly maneuvering his thoughts and ideas about life.  Now don’t start thinking that I’m some sort of control freak mom, his thoughts are his thoughts… I just sprinkle other perspectives onto his teenage brain and I’m hoping he might catch a glimmer of what it […]

My Child Did What??

My Child Did What??

By Tracy Madlener I got the email first thing on a Monday morning and I’m sure that the coffee hadn’t kicked in yet.  The email came from a long time friend that I first met back when we were both new homeschool moms and our kids were the same age.  The letter accused my son […]