Tweaking this Year’s Resolutions

Young woman running

This year I tried to take a cue from – of all people – my Soul Cycle instructor, by getting a “rolling start” on New Year’s resolutions. This means, start making the changes you want to make in December, so that by January you are knee-deep in accomplishing your goals. I was on board, save […]

A Novel Concept

stack of books

I have a confession to make: I am an English teacher and I haven’t read a book in three years. At least not for pleasure, that is. It’s really quite tragic. It’s it not that I don’t have the desire to read; it’s just that by the time I am done taking care of the […]

When Resolutions Seem Ridiculous


After dramatic soul-searching and pondering the pros and cons of my life and existence, I was just settling down to write about my New Year’s resolutions when I got a call. My father was in the emergency room. And at that moment all things shifted into perspective and the truly important things in my life […]

Our First Family Flight


Call us brave, I don’t know, but, somehow, we survived our first flight from Los Angeles to New York with a toddler and 7-month-old. I tried reading up on all the different traveling tips beforehand and we settled on keeping our load lighter rather than preparing for every possible scenario. We checked 3 bags, and […]

My Christmas Wish: I Hope You See the World Around You

Full concentration

A Letter to my Children, In the midst of the holiday season, I thought I should take a moment to write you and tell you what my Christmas wish is. And being that you’re only 7 and 4, this might not make much sense to you yet. You see, when I ask you what you […]

Don’t Have Time to Bake It? Fake It!


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


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

mother with her child on the beach

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


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


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 […]