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 […]

Is Fresh Produce Always the Best Choice?

We all know that fruits and vegetables provide an essential block of nutrients to our bodies, especially those of our growing children. They are low in calories, high in fiber and flavor, chock full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and full of disease-fighting phytonutrients. Our modern age has made it much easier for us to not […]

Fish Sticks and Fries

So, I was in the process of planning out my post about the different things we can all do with end-of-the-season kale when I had a moment. As I was sitting and writing the post, our dinner of fish sticks and french fries was cooking in the oven behind me. I have a stomach bug […]

The Horse on the Ledge

Now that school has started up and the fall season is upon us, I’m starting to get my annual panicky feeling. Despite the fact that fall is my favorite season, this feeling arrives at the same time every year. Maybe it’s all the change I see in the world around me as the leaves turn colors […]

When I Grow Up…

When it was my turn to stand up in 3rd grade and tell the class what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wanted to say, “A writer.” But then Irenna Lawrence said, “Ichthyologist.” I was dumbfounded. That sounded very important with a lot of syllables. It occurred to me I should consider […]

Fathers Do Not Babysit

I need to take a moment to rant about an epidemic I’m hearing lately that really grinds my gears. My issue, you ask? When people say a father is “babysitting” the kids. When did this become an acceptable thing to say in the 21st century? Just to be clear: my husband has never and would […]

To Parents Everywhere: Relax Now

When I moved into my new house six months ago, I vowed that I would keep rooms, walls and spaces completely empty before I would fill a void with something I didn’t love. Suffice it to say, I currently have A LOT of wall space and some very sparse rooms in my house because I […]

Sleep Doesn’t Come Cheap

I really like sleep. I mean, I really, really like it. Other adjectives I can use in regards to my nocturnal behavior include, but are not limited to: covet, adore, enjoy, worship, relish. According to National Geographic’s documentary “Sleepless in America,” 40 percent of Americans are sleep deprived. How many of those do you think […]

Dads: The Importance of Being a Pop

“My plan,” mom explained to me in the car yesterday, “was to get home before your father, clean the house, prepare the food, and have everything ready for him by the time he came home. And I did the same when I became a mom. But times have changed.” This was the dynamic between my […]

The Best Opinion a New Parent Can Get

A friend of mine recently confided to me that she and her husband were thinking about having a baby. When I hear good couples decide to move forward with this, I always get a little excited. I think, “Welcome to my team!” And then I’m immediately overcome with cautionary words that blink over my head […]