Does anyone else struggle to figure out the perfect gifts for your kids? I know I do. I’ve been trying to be really intentional about gifts for the girls this holiday season, and looking for the right balance between meaningful gifts and fun ones. It isn’t easy, especially with an almost seven year old who wants all the things in the toy catalog, but doesn’t always look for the connection behind it.View Post
It’s finally my favorite time of the year. No, not the holidays.
Back to school.
Even as a kid, I always loved going back to school. My family didn’t take a lot of vacations, so I spent summers reading as many books as I could, doing summer assignments, and doing my best to keep cool in the heat and humidity of Virginia summers.View Post
Hi there friends. It’s been a while. This summer, I took a much-needed break from blogging. There was too much pressure, too many things to do, and I was extraordinarily busy personally. Since I have a full-time job and this isn’t my livelihood, blogging understandably took a backseat. But I’m back at it and ready to start writing again. I have a handful of unfinished drafts and thoughts on things and I’m excited to get them up in the near future. In the meantime, I want to share a bit of what we’ve been up to all summer since I…View Post
You know those weird little quirks you grow up with that make you who you are? Well, I’ve got a little story for you today. When I was a kid, my mom was always trying to save money. I’m the oldest of four children, and she bought a lot of things in the generic version, with just a few things she was always brand loyal on. One of those things is something I still purchase regularly to this day – Dawn dish soap.View Post
“Being Jewish means, to some extent, you’re always on the outside looking in. Like you’re not part of the majority culture in a lot of different ways.” -Jennifer Weiner Sunday morning, Abbie woke us up bright and early – 5:52 am. While not unusual, it is a little bit on the early side for her. I asked her why she was up so early (she was excited about Easter) and told her to go back to bed. She then asked me if the Easter bunny came. “The Easter Bunny doesn’t come to our house, he goes to Grammy’s house.” “Why?”…View Post
This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for more details. Living in the DC area, it’s nearly always a certainty that you’ll have a long commute. Since I typically spend about 2 hours in the car each day, the radio gets old pretty fast. As a lifelong lover of books, I delved into audiobooks with an audible subscription on Prime Day last summer and have loved every second of it. I really miss reading but don’t typically have a lot of time to sit down and read a book, but those hours in the car are PERFECT for…View Post
I learned something new last weekend, and in a way I never expected. Slide injuries in kids are a thing guys – and a common thing at that. See, that’s my two-year-old in a cast – a purple one that she picked the color of herself. Why is she in a cast, do you wonder? Well, Friday evening Chris took the girls to the playground. All was fine, until one final trip down the slide – with Ella on Abbie’s lap. They slid down and Ella’s leg bent back – and suddenly, she could no longer put weight on her…View Post
I can’t even tell you the last time I did an update on my girls here. It’s been a while – but I know I never did an update when Ella turned two, or when Abbie turned six. Since this space is just as much for my own memories as for writing, I want to document that here – Ella at 2 (+4 months) and Abbie at 6, halfway through kindergarten. Being a mom of two girls is everything I thought it would be and more. Abbie is flourishing in kindergarten, just as I thought she would. She loves her…View Post
Like so many people, I’ve been on a quest to watch what I’m eating this year and really concentrate on taking care of my body. I would venture to guess that getting healthier is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, and my goals for the year are no different.View Post
It’s kind of a fact of life when you work in an office environment that the temperature is never quite right. There’s the times the weather suddenly turns warm and your office is an oven, and the times that it’s freezing – both outside and inside. Our office even has offices that are frigid the same day that others are sweltering. Sometimes it is a struggle to stay comfortable.View Post