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Laurie Nigro

Laurie is the mother of two biological children and one husband and the caretaker of a menagerie of animals. Laurie is passionate about frugal, natural living. She was recognized by the L.I. Press Club with a “best humor column” award in 2016 and 2017. Email Laurie

Glorious, perfect solitude: Dream on

Have you turned into a person who makes plans with people and then secretly hopes they will cancel?

The Mars-Venus thing explains a lot, but —

In the end, though it may be helpful to know from which planet your spouse hails, you ultimately have to live together on this one.

My Zen of aging, interrupted

I try to believe that each sunset has followed a day where I have learned something new, that each season waxes and wanes as I search for a deeper happiness, that each revolution around the sun has made me a better person. But then my husband hobbles all over my Zen with an arthritic toe.

The real reason (some) moms don’t wear makeup might surprise you

I am no artist and I think any makeup that I try to apply would end up making me look much less like a hot mom and much more like I was auditioning for clown school. And I don't ever want anyone to call me Krusty — for any reason.

What — me worry? (No one said this was rational)

So what exactly happens to us when we have kids? What part of our brain turns away from our own selves and our wants and needs, only to embrace all the crazy of motherhood?

Parenthood: No time for fear— or pain

Things change when you become a mom. No more freaking out over earwigs in the shower, or gagging at vomit, or walking away from diapers that fail. Nope.

Leggings: partial payback for centuries of female suffering

These stretchy wünder-pants are our right and reward for many hundreds of years of pain and suffering.

Laurie Nigro Sometimes even your most epic fails as a parent turn into memorable wins

There's no way you're getting through this parenting thing without a few mistakes along the way.

Laurie Nigro Sometimes car-time is your only me-time

I am often giddy with the possibilities of this me-time. What to do? I could listen to the news. As enticing, if not more so, is the option of listening to music. My music. Just mine.

Laurie Nigro Life is never dull when you marry your exact opposite

I left the husband to turn off the television. For some reason, I went back to the family room and quite nearly choked on my chamomile tea when I saw what he had done.