How About a Road Trip?

Okay, bags are packed and it’s time to double check the packing list. Toothbrush, check. Snacks for the baby, check. Diapers, check. Wipes, check. It’s inevitable that the car is going to get messy—we’ll be crammed in there for 5-6 hours. So, back to the list. Toys, check. Plush animals, check. Crayons, check. Shoes, check. […]

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 […]

Food and the Social Experience

Yesterday, we went to a Celtic Festival in southern Maryland and my daughter’s friend asked her to try some funnel cake. When my kid had no idea what that was, her friend balked. “You’ve never had funnel cake before?! You need to try it!” “What’s it taste like?” “Kind of like an old-fashioned donut.” My […]

When Your Child Gets Sick While Traveling

Planning is everything when you take a trip, especially when you have a child. When you’re on the road (or in a plane, train or boat) it’s important to be prepared for the possibility that illness may strike any family member. It’s hard enough managing your child being ill at home—it’s even more challenging when you’re away! […]

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, […]

Is Your Child Safe in a Seat Belt?

Kids are now in full swing – the school year is wrapping up, which means school activities, extracurriculars, exams, and, of course, gearing up for summer time activities! That means parents will be driving more than just their own children to and from school and activities. As a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, I know that passenger safety is important […]

DIY Bubble Solution

Bubbles are a big deal in our house. Though, to be honest, they should be a big deal in any house with toddlers and preschoolers. Last year, we rented an awesome bubble machine for their birthday party and I realized we could probably buy one for just as cheap. So we did, and, instead of paying […]

Why Family Outings Can Actually Be a Great Thing

Yes, it’s the dreaded outing. I start to get nervous the moment I put my daughter Elle in her car seat. She hates it. We get 5 minutes down the road and she starts crying and screaming. I try everything. The only thing that seems to work is when the dog travels with us. Whether it’s […]

I Held a Baby Today

I held a baby today. It was tiny, and sweet, and about twelve pounds—not much bigger than the size of a football. And she was sweet-natured. Tired as she was, she barely protested when I picked her up. She nestled her little head into my shoulder. Being only two months old, she didn’t have the power […]

Hidden Kitchen Risks for Baby

Recently, a tragic story was reported out of Kentucky. A 4-year-old boy got a hold of a mouthful of cinnamon, started coughing violently, and, an hour and a half later, was pronounced dead. From cinnamon. Yes. Cinnamon. This incident prompted me to take a critical look around my own kitchen, looking more deeply into some potential […]