The Sounds of Contentment

Portrait of two little girls playing with airy balls

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 […]

Music for the Mind

Girl plays piano

My mother dragged me to piano lessons for 12 years. Every Tuesday, we hopped in the car and drove to the Cleveland Music School Settlement, where I had been taught by the same teacher since I was a 1st grader. And every week, because I would rather have been horsing around or watching TV, I […]

Heavy on My Mind

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I haven’t felt like myself lately. I feel like I have nothing interesting to say lately and no topics to write about. This is partially because something’s been weighing on me that makes other things irrelevant and unimportant. As the saying goes, “If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything…” Tomorrow, I’m going to have a genetic test […]

No-Bake Baby Bullet Cheesecake

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

As is the case with many New Englanders, fall is my favorite season! The cool and crisp nights, the colorful and crunchy leaves, the hay bales and scarecrows, the costumes and hayrides, and, most of all, the pumpkins and apples are just a slice of heaven here on Earth. The sights, the smells, and the […]

A Little Haunt Won’t Hurt

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I’m a big fan of Halloween. BIG. FAN. From the time I was a child, I loved every creepy little thing about it. A few little ghost stories never hurt anybody. If anything, it builds the imagination. Look at writers like Neil Gaiman, directors like Tim Burton, or composers like Danny Elfman. What do they […]

Time’s Up!

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I’ve often quoted our family therapist, who has fast become our parental guru, across all topics. Never mind that we see her primarily for my daughter’s anxiety – some days we go off-topic and I’m in for a whole new lesson in motherhood. One day the discussion at hand was: Kids and Days that are […]