Don’t Have Time to Bake It? Fake It!

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I am guilty of spending hours pouring over websites and magazines, stockpiling ideas that I love and plan on trying. I get so into it that I manage to get myself into a bit of a tizzied panic. Who the heck am I kidding? I barely have time to dry my hair in the morning, […]

Dear Expecting Parent

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Dear Expecting Parent, Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! Your life is about to change in ways you never imagined. It’s such an exciting time—having your first. You have 9 months to plan your new arrival and, before you know it, the big day will be here! So here are a few things I […]

I’m a Cool Mom

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A friend asked me a few months ago if I tried to be more of a “mom as friend” or “mom as mother.” And because this friend is an ivy league grad, runs a children’s charity, and goes to one of the best private schools in Los Angeles, I wondered if she knew something I […]

Toddler-Sized Yoga

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My husband bought a yoga mat from an El Segundo-based company last year after hemming and hawing about the price, but we ultimately decided it was worth it. He practices yoga regularly and we figured we’d all get our money’s worth, so, now, we’re trying to get the whole family involved. I also hoped getting myself a new mat would […]

The Great Chocolate Caper

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The seconds creaked closer to bedtime like the seesaw motion of an old wooden ship. I sat hunkered in my 6-year-old’s bed reading the usual story time book when I heard it. THUNK… THUNK… THUNK… THUNK… I sat up in the bed and the look of the 6-year-old had trouble written all over it. “What […]

The Sounds of Contentment

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A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine mentioned that she houseguests with small children who are coming to spend the holidays with her. While she is out of practice with the structured chaos of having young ones at home, something she said made me jump out of my skin a little bit: “the pitter […]

No-Sew Tiger Costume

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This Halloween may have already come and gone, but I discovered a neat little trick you’ll want to try next Halloween, next school pageant, or the next time your kiddo needs a costume fast: a no-sew tiger costume that anyone can make and won’t break your budget. All you need is an orange shirt or sweatshirt, […]

SpongeBob ShamePants

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While his obsession began when he was about 3, my son was not allowed to watch SpongeBob until he was 5. You see, his 13 year-old cousin, whom he simply ADORES, was all about SpongeBob for years. My son was always disappointed that he was not allowed to watch the show with his older cousin, […]

Surviving the First Few Weeks with Your Newborn

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Okay, there are a million things friends, family, and the books tell you that you MUST do to be ready for baby’s arrival home. But let’s get real! Survival during the first few weeks with your newborn depends on you really knowing what is most important: eating, sleeping, eliminating, (being safe), repeat! (And that’s just baby, not […]

A Tale of Two Families

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When we decided to have a house built in the country this spring, the builder guaranteed us we would be moved in by the end of August. Now, September has come and gone and our builder guaranteed us that we would be in by the end of October. And we get on our knees and pray […]