My first time on Whole 30

On April 1 of this year, my beloved hubby and I embarked on our first-ever Whole 30 challenge. You know the one - it's basically the cult of clean eating. I never dreamed I could do it, because nutrition has always been my #1 vice and nemesis, but I just had to get that sugar demon off my back for good. The end result is that I absolutely loved the experience! Here are my honest, in-progress reactions and experiences from the journal I kept during our Whole 30 in April. Day 1: I didn't plan … [Read more...]

European travel with an 8 year old

Our lucky little family has just returned from possibly our most fantastic travel adventure yet: 10 glorious June days in Europe spread across three great cities. We visited London, York and Paris - each with its own marvelous look, feel, culture, cuisine and personality. Best of all, we connected with members of my extended family on two of our stops, rekindling relationships with my dear cousins whom I hadn't seen in more than 20 years and introducing them to E and Z. It was a joy! I'll … [Read more...]

Her first REAL summer

I have experienced daycare guilt - a particular brand of mom guilt found within the working mom guilt sub-category - every summer of Zoe's life. It's gotten worse each consecutive year. As her friends grew browner and more golden-tanned each month of summer, Z always stayed about the same thanks to being cooped up in daycare most of the week. Sure, we take a nice family vacation here or there, and I take a day off whenever possible to spend with her at the pool - but that never seemed like … [Read more...]

Lessons from Little House on the Prairie

An old standby from my childhood has become a cherished staple in our house this year: the classic Little House book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and the late 1970s/early 80s TV show based on the books. We unfortunately began 2018 with a lot of illness and missed school, so Z has plowed through more seasons of the TV show than I'd like to admit. Likewise, we've read through six of the books and are continuing to read them together nightly. I love the sweet, old-fashioned values showcased … [Read more...]

Our favorite boots ever

Our darling daughter is growing faster than the speed of light. I swear, every time I turn around she needs new shoes or pants - she's shooting right up like a fairytale beanstalk! There's no doubt she'll be taller than both her parents, and have feet bigger than mine. I'm happy about this (and proud - yay breastmilk! We've pretty much maxed out her genetic potential!) but also sad for one very silly reason: this is her LAST season ever to wear our favorite boots - the incomparable Karinne … [Read more...]

What’s bugging me? LICE.

If you're dealing with lice for the first time, like I had to recently, let me stop right here and say "Go call Lice Doctors right now!" The next paragraph is going to sound like a commercial, but I assure you they are not paying me a cent - rather, I just paid them a bundle. When you get the dreaded news (or find the dreaded creepy-crawlies), the Lice Doctors technician comes to your house, treats all family members and basically "cures" you of lice on the spot. Sure, there are follow-up … [Read more...]

Me Too.

At the time of this post, the #MeToo movement is taking over social platforms and the news media. In response to one of the highest profile sexual assault cases to date, girls and women from all walks of life are openly sharing their own experiences of being harassed or assaulted by men. I like to keep things positive on this blog, but I also want to be authentic. I shared a "Me Too" post of my own on Facebook the other night to show solidarity for the literally dozens of my friends who had … [Read more...]

Hidden parenting milestones

There are certain milestones in parenthood that everyone preps you for - breastfeeding, the first time your baby smiles, when he or she rolls over, when he or she sits up, teething, crawling, standing, cruising, walking, potty training... the list goes on. But there are certain milestones that sneak up on you and happen before you realize what's going on. No one prepared you for these - they are what I call hidden milestones. Sometimes you don't know they're even happening until they're behind … [Read more...]

Corresponding with Elves year-round

Our family dove head-first into the world of Elf on the Shelf when our daughter was about four. Each year, her bond with Emmalina, her Elf, grows stronger; she's been known to cry real tears when Emmalina departs back to the North pole on Christmas. We received a special dispensation from Santa right from the start which allows Zoe to hold and hug her Elf. Maybe that's why she and Emmalina have grown so incredibly close? Emmalina has even made special arrangements to stay with us a few days … [Read more...]

One month ago, we fell.

One month ago today, I slipped and fell down hard. I face-planted. I hurt my knees, bit my lip and bashed my head on the ground - it wasn't pretty. In addition to being unbelievably painful and scary in the moment, it was also really, really embarrassing and honestly somewhat traumatic. But until now, you haven't heard a word about it. I kept it to myself and didn't tell anyone outside of E and Z, who were with me when I fell. And now I feel silly that I didn't talk about it, and also a bit … [Read more...]