Walking to School

I used to live in Los Angeles. That city is huge. The amount of people living in Los Angeles didn’t overwhelm me, the traffic did. I didn’t have the patience to wait on Broadway where you couldn’t make a left turn to enter the Santa Monica Promenade parking garage. So, I found myself parking six […]

Allergy Myth Busters

A lot of commonly held beliefs about food allergies and other allergies just aren’t true. Some of them cause people to restrict their diets unnecessarily, and some of them are downright harmful. Let’s take a look at 10 commonly held beliefs: Myth: Most People Who Believe They Have Food Allergies Actually Do. Fact: Up to […]

The Night the Ghastly Ghouls Appeared: A Pureé Poem

The night the Ghastly Ghouls Appeared The house was silent, and I feared The blender’s cry would pierce the ear As I pureéd.   The Baby Bullet’s frightful face Took on a sneer, seemed out of place It watched me move all o’er the place As I pureéd.   There came behind me quite a […]

Halloween Spider Slime

If your kids are anything like mine, they cannot get their hands on enough slime! With the month of October upon us, crafts and activities in our home have taking on a spooky spin. Yes, jack-o-lanterns and scarecrows are standard fare, but why not add spidery slime into the seasonal repertoire?   Halloween Spider Slime […]

Planting Trees with the Boys

Almost every time that my boys are playing in the backyard, the Los Angeles sun beats down on us. I feel a pang of regret that we didn’t plant more shady trees when we first moved into our house…5 years ago. We did plant some ornamental trees but they do little for us during this […]

Back to Daycare

Seeing how my daughter is only two, and isn’t in real school yet, we started her in daycare at our local church. It was last year and I was very hesitant that this tiny little one-year old girl, who is still learning and understanding the world, wasn’t ready to be away from her mommy. I […]

Pressure, Part 2

I wrote earlier about my son’s lingual frenectomy–when the band of tissue connecting the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth is removed surgically. At the time that I wrote Part I, I was sitting in the solarium, waiting patiently for the procedure to end. The nurses had wheeled him away and he was bundled up […]

Pressure, Part 1

Today I write my blog post from inside a hospital solarium. MSNBC has been talking about Trump for the last hour and a half, and I’ve been waiting for a doctor to come tell me that my son is waking up from surgery. But let me back up and talk about my weekend. Two completely […]

Summer DIY Project: Refinishing an Outdoor Table

Our family has been using our backyard more and more as our boys get older, and it’s always a treat when we can get all of us outside to play (and work) in our own backyard. The past month or so I’ve started doing a little DIY project: refinishing a round butcher block table. The […]

Dear Me, Eight Years Ago

Hi, Maia. This is future Maia from 2016. You’ve just had your first baby in 2007–a little girl named Lynnea. I hope you don’t mind me taking a few minutes to write you about what to expect the next eight years. I’m not going to lie: it’s going to be anything but easy. And you […]