The Letter That Won My Home

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The following is an excerpt from a letter I wrote to the current owners of our new house in an effort for them to accept our offer. I share this with the world because: Our home is what shapes us from our earliest years. Everyone should have a good home. For families who move a […]

What I Learned From Spock


“I think it’s my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may.” -Leonard Nimoy Though the recent passing of Leonard Nimoy was not a shock – he was 83, after all – it was nonetheless a shudder felt across the world. My children might have no […]

Orange is the New Black

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So, at the tender age of 2.11, I have officially dropped the hammer on my sweet, unsuspecting daughter. She has been waking up at least 2-3 times a night, every night, since the day she was born and I have had enough. I kept thinking she would outgrow it, she was going through a growth […]

To Have and To Hold

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So, I have a confession to make that just might get mommies up in arms, so I am going to get it out of the way straightaway: I am getting really sick of holding my daughter. I know, I know. I will be longing to hold her again when she is grown up, and I […]

Letting Go (Just a Little…)

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Ever since my oldest daughter started first grade – about six months ago – it’s been a study for me in letting go. She’s really becoming her own person, complete with her own opinions and her own style. Last year when she turned six, she begged me for an American Girl party. At first, I […]



I’ve been following Bryan and Lesley’s journey with their daughter, Cecilia, for the last year now. Admittedly, I have those “I’m-feeling-sorry-for-myself” moments in life, but then I get the latest update about Cecilia and gain some perspective. When you’re in good health, it’s easy to take daily things for granted, like being able to walk […]

Bringing Out the Mama Bear

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I have been known to have a bit of an Italian temper, but nothing grinds my gears and unleashes the beast like people being rude, mean, or otherwise resentful of my children’s existence. I am talking about those people who are either out without their kids, or just simply can’t tolerate the fact that kids […]

Confessions of an Introvert

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“I was born as a forest, but I feel overwhelmed by all these trees.” –The Lady Fidgets Disclosure: I wish I’d had a survival guide for getting through the holidays for the introverted personality. Marrying into a large family means Christmas was all about get togethers, huge dinners, events, and copious amounts of small talk. […]

A Valentine Whine

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Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is kind of a girlie holiday. When girlfriends and wives of the world want to celebrate the men in their lives, their hands are kind of tied. All of the flowery, choclately, and stuffed animaly Valentine’s Day clichés (that I happen to love, incidentally) are a no-no with most men. […]

Tweaking this Year’s Resolutions

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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 […]