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

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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!

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]