To Elf or to Not Elf on the Shelf ?

Happy Holidays! Has your Elf come to visit your home yet? Elfy has come to visit our house, all the way from the north pole. If you are asking yourself: “What is this new man-made holiday that they call Elf on the Shelf?” Well, it’s a book that comes with a small stuffed magical elf. […]

Thanksgiving Puree Pairings

Sometimes, the best movies need the best supporting characters. And it’s no different with your Thanksgiving meal. While the turkey may be the main event, consider the quick “whip together” options that you don’t have to sweat over. Even better, all these choices qualify to be made ahead of time, which makes them winners in […]

Traveling with Children with Allergies Over the Holidays

Traveling over the holidays is stressful enough, but if your child has food allergies, planning ahead with a solid strategy will help you enjoy the holidays more. Here are some tips to survive travel, in keeping with the current recommendations of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. BEFORE YOU GET ON THE PLANE, […]

My First International Flight with 2 Toddlers

This year, we had a lot of anxiety leading up to our first ever international flight with two children under the age of 4. We weren’t just going international, but actually crossing over the date-line. I used to think that 6-10 hour flights were long, but 15 hours and 40 minutes to the Philippines? Plus TSA […]

How About a Road Trip?

Okay, bags are packed and it’s time to double check the packing list. Toothbrush, check. Snacks for the baby, check. Diapers, check. Wipes, check. It’s inevitable that the car is going to get messy—we’ll be crammed in there for 5-6 hours. So, back to the list. Toys, check. Plush animals, check. Crayons, check. Shoes, check. […]

Valentine’s Day Project

Arts and crafts are our thing. A day in the life of a toddler can start to get boring if you’re forced to stay in the house during bad weather. As for us parents, we are always trying to keep them busy with reading, playing, adventures, being silly, and, in our case, a chance to […]

Homemade Paper Valentine’s Cards

This year for my son’s first ever Valentine’s Day exchange, I wanted to do Valentine’s the way I made them as a kid. None of those store-bought, tear-apart cards that are basically just advertisements for cartoon characters – I’m talking the real deal! It’s a fun activity for the kids, and even a fun, therapeutic […]

Baby’s First Flight

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

Love is Christmas

I don’t care if the carpet’s stained We’ve got food upon the table I don’t care if it’s gonna rain Our little room is warm and stable Love is who we are And no season can contain it Love would never fall for that. These are the lyrics to a 2011 Sara Bareilles song entitled […]

Hand-Painted Letters for Christmas

These hand-painted letters are a meaningful and affordable gift that you can make for children and adults alike! Easy to make, beautiful, and totally personalized, they’re an easy way to cross every gift off your holiday present list. These particular letters were painted for a set of twins turning three. I asked what their favorite […]