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. […]

The MacGyver Parent: How We Learned to Always Be Prepared

My daughter Elle is approaching her 2nd birthday and is full of energy. She absolutely loves to play outside and explore. Since my husband and I work from home, we’ll tag team watching her, while the other works. After reading books, playing with puzzles, eating snacks, and watching an occasional Sprout program, she soon starts pointing at […]

Deliciously Simple Carrot Soup

This soup has some serious waves of flavor going on – with subtle Thai noes thanks to the curry paste and coconut milk, it carries from sweet to a little spicy, with delicious added creaminess and crunch from the cashews and toppings. Its beautiful colors will brighten up any dinner table and guests can add […]

The Dance School Lobby

I am going to be honest with everyone straight out of the gate: the lobby at my daughter’s dance studio makes me miserable on so many levels that I get dizzy. I genuinely go into existential crisis mode when I’m there. I wish I could put my finger on exactly why I have such an […]

Pregnancy Issues: Looking Through a Fun House Mirror

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a girlfriend about her body image. She’s just entering her third trimester and she basically feels completely mortified by her body. She can’t help but feel like people are staring at her and there is nothing beautiful to her about being pregnant. I sat there listening, thinking, […]

Hot Chocolate or Hot Cocoa?

I recently had a lively conversation with a handful of colleagues regarding the way geography has tendency to impact what we call things. For example, I never heard the word “bubbler” until I taught in Massachusetts. We call them water fountains in Connecticut. From tag sales vs. yard sales and grinders vs. subs, to jimmies […]

Making Seasonal Decor Out of School Art

If you have a toddler like I do, you probably have a lot of artwork coming home from preschool or kindergarten. Initially, I started taking our favorites and hanging them with clothespins on a rope in our boys’ room, but once we ran out of space, I was still left with a giant stack of […]

Holding Hands Hoopla

A few days ago, I accidentally stirred up a bit of a ruckus on the internet about the First Family. After taking a look at an article about how Michelle Obama and Malia dress alike, I noticed that they are holding hands in many, if not most, of the photographs. I commented, “She holds hands a […]

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 […]

Co-op Preschools: An Alternative to Expensive Preschooling

Our older son will be starting preschool in the fall and we have been checking out local parent participation schools in our area, also known as co-op preschools. Parent participation nursery schools and preschools are founded on the principle that the best education comes from an active partnership between parents, teachers and children. What drew us […]