When I Was Confused About “Sexy” Toothpaste

When I was at Target a couple weeks ago, I stopped in the toothpaste aisle and quickly scanned for the lowest price. On the bottom shelf, I saw that Aqua Fresh was on sale (I can’t remember now — maybe $1 or $1.50 per tube?), and I picked up a double pack.

As I stood in the checkout line I had a memory run through my head: for most of my childhood, I was under the impression that Aqua Fresh toothpaste had something to do with sex. I didn’t really know what sex was and had never been given the birds and bees lecture, so I’m not sure what I thought Aqua Fresh did exactly. I just thought of it in the sex category — and understood that it should make me blush in the same way other words I didn’t understand, but knew were sex-related (like orgasm or erection), made me blush.

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A Few Things

boden skirt and top colorful stripes

Hello, Friends. How are you? I had an unusual week which included a more-than-usual-amount of work hours, but bummer-for-me, not much blogging — and randomly, four appointments for podcast interviews. Here’s the first one: It’s called the Do Justice podcast and the interview is about my Twitter thread on abortion.

Our weekend plans are very laid back. Betty gets back from Girls Camp tomorrow and we’re excited to go see Toy Story 4. How about you? Anything fun happening at your house?

I hope you’re in the mood for some weekend reading, because I have an especially good link list for you. Here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:

Fifteen links. Come see.

Alzheimers + Menopause

I just read an interview between Deborah Copaken and Dr. Lisa Mosconi that my friend Laurie Smithwick sent to me. I was not expecting it, but I am sitting on the couch shaking with sadness and anger and frustration. The interview is about the connection between Alzheimers and Menopause. Did you know a connection between these two exists? I had no idea.

Eight other things I had no idea about:

-Twice as many women get Alzheimers as men. If you’ve heard this fact before, you may have also heard it attributed to women living longer than men, but that’s false. I mean, it’s true that women live, on average, four years longer than men, but that doesn’t account for the massive difference in the number of women and men dealing with Alzheimers.

Seven more things I learned. Come read and discuss with me.

Living With Kids: Kelly Houseman

Today, you get to meet Kelly Houseman, and see her gorgeously remodeled home. It’s a grand old lakeside home in Michigan! Kelly works as a therapist and has some refreshing things to say about social media and comparing ourselves to the lives we see online. We all know we shouldn’t do it, but sometimes it feels hard not to, you know?

Happily, Kelly is here to remind us that nobody is perfect, and as a therapist, she’s often the one that hears about the struggles someone who seems perfect is going through. I think you’ll love getting to spend some time with her. Welcome, Kelly!


A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How’s it going? How was your week? I know the school year is just ending for some of you — and others are already deep into summer break.

Today is my birthday! Sunday is Father’s Day! So Ben Blair and I are thinking we’ll do a combo celebration and go spend a night at the famous (and fancy!) Claremont Hotel.

Of course, I’m also thinking about my dad this weekend. The photo above is his grave. My mom put out some yellow flowers when she was in St. George on Memorial Day (yellow was his favorite!). I hope all the good dads in your life get some extra love this weekend.

Before I sign off, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

Thirteen links! Come see.



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