Planting Trees with the Boys

Almost every time that my boys are playing in the backyard, the Los Angeles sun beats down on us. I feel a pang of regret that we didn’t plant more shady trees when we first moved into our house…5 years ago. We did plant some ornamental trees but they do little for us during this […]

It Figures: Ideas for Making Fabulous Stuff With Figurines

If your kids are anything like mine, they have loads of tiny cars, dolls, party favors, and figurines that they love for a about a week, then these collectibles accumulate in every bin in the house, ultimately collecting nothing but dust. Whenever I decide I am going to clean-house and get rid of the buggers, […]

Can Mommy Put Her Pants On?!

I am a high school teacher, which means that I have summers off, which can be a sensitive subject for many people. I am not here to get into the politics or efficacy of educators having summers off; instead, I’m here to tell you that I have children now, so I DO NOT HAVE SUMMERS […]

Use the Force, Kid

“In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.” – Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi  Some of you may have heard of this little movie called Star Wars. And some of you may be aware that this little movie is coming out December 18th of this year. (But who’s paying attention?) If you’re a scrupulously geeky parent […]

Buzz and the Dandelions

A beautiful display of a baby enjoying a dandelion – watch this and try not to laugh!

Egg-cellent Easter Tips

My addiction to Pinterest might be considered “unhealthy” by some. I prefer to think of it as “optimistically obsessive.” But it’s not such a terrible thing, since it helped me have one of our family’s best Easters yet. One afternoon, while strolling through its pages, I came across some Easter Egg Hunt ideas. Now maybe […]

Baby Laughs at Mom Eating Chips

Snow Day Sanity

In case you’ve missed it, New England has been buried in snow over the past few weeks. Many towns have had 4-5 snow days in the last week alone! To make matters even more exciting, the temperatures have been significantly below zero, which limits sledding and outdoor games. Even timing of the snow means that […]

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 […]

Baby’s First Crawl

This baby’s first crawl was caught on video and you won’t believe how adorably cute it is. Watch her push and struggle and finally make it, to a delightful reward from the family pup.