No-Bake Cookie Dough Ice Cream Squares

Summer barbecues are the things that culinary dreams are made of. Juicy burgers, fresh tomatoes, corn on the cob… I love everything about standard summer cuisine and its simplicity. While s’mores, watermelon, and ice cream cones are tried and true crowd pleasers, sometimes, putting a little spin on an otherwise delicious, yet predictable, menu can […]

Make Your Own Aromatherapy Dough for Kids

My kids are hitting the Play-Doh phase really hard right now. I completely understand the appeal of Play-Doh for kids, and it really is such a good way to incorporate imagination and fine motor/gross motor skills into daily play; however, the artificial dyes are non-toxic, yes, but not exactly healthy, AND the stuff dries out […]

Easiest Ever Homemade Granola

Always a sucker for a bargain, I recently was compelled to purchase four bags of Bob’s Red Mill rolled oats because they were on sale two for $5. How could I resist? The major catch is that I’m the person in my home who actually likes oatmeal, so I probably over did it a tad […]

The Dance School Lobby

I am going to be honest with everyone straight out of the gate: the lobby at my daughter’s dance studio makes me miserable on so many levels that I get dizzy. I genuinely go into existential crisis mode when I’m there. I wish I could put my finger on exactly why I have such an […]

The Only Mousse Recipe You’ll Ever Need

My personal goal is to eat healthful, organic foods 70 percent of the time. The remaining 30 percent is pretty much devoted to buffalo wings, scotch, and dessert. Of course, I love chocolate anything, but I’m simply obsessed with any kind of lemon or banana-flavored dessert. I’m also infatuated with Cool Whip, so much so […]

It’s Curtains to You!

It just might be due to spring fever, my children’s particular phase of life, or me simply losing my mind and my patience too often, but I have found myself yelling at my kids more often than ever before. My worst parenting moment began brewing on Easter morning—the house was a mess from basket opening, […]

DIY Sugar and Salt Body Scrub

Over here in New England, winter just won’t quit. It’s the first week of April and my son is happily nestled on the couch at his aunt’s house, enjoying what just better be the last and final snow day of the season. I, on the other hand, am eyeballing the cute navy eyelet sundress I just […]

Herbarium Project for Kids

As an English teacher, it should come as no surprise that many of my personal interests and passions are rooted in literature. For example, I became deeply and profoundly interested in studying natural and herbal medicine after reading Hamlet in high school. Poor Ophelia’s herb-infused meltdown ignited one of my lifelong joys. In this same […]

Zen Organizing: How I Learned to Let Go

When we moved into our new home a year ago, it seemed HUGE to us! We were in awe at the amount of room and storage that we had and I thought I died and went to heaven because, finally, everything had a home. Well, fast forward a year, and there is stuff hanging out […]

We’re All Just Doing Our Best

My son turned 7 last month and I’m still reeling over the fact that, yes, it really does go by so quickly. All of those adages about time flying seem all too real, which would be more heartbreaking if it weren’t for the fact that the person my son is becoming is just so darn […]