10 nutritious back-to-school snack ideas

It’s hard to believe it’s September already.  Time for a good old fashioned life update!Well, here it is: I’ll be going to grad school.  Again.  I’m trying to be all calm, cool and collected, but the truth is I’m freaking out a little!...more

How to Survive Living With a Roommate for the First Time

For most of us, going off to college and living in a dorm room is the first time we have a roommate (at least one that isn’t a sibling). It’s a huge adjustment! It was an even bigger adjustment for me because I don’t have a sister, so I wasn’t used to living with another girl (besides my mom). All in all, I loved living in a dorm. I loved bonding with a roommate and having another freshman there who was also brand-new to college and nervous. I loved it even more my sophomore year when I chose my roommate and became really good friends....more

The First Day of School Without a First Day Photo

Sometimes it was a stately tree, sometimes an overgrown bush. It really depended on the house. For the first few years, kindergarten until 5th grade, I hauled out the camera, (the one with the interchangeable lenses and complicated settings), set the mode to default (who has time to read a 35-page manual? In Japanese, no less!) and shepherded the kids to THE SPOT. “Go, go,” I’d say hurriedly. “The bus is almost here. Quick now, stand together. Jimbo, put your arm around Mabel. No, not like that. Seriously, guys. Please. Just one picture on the first day of school....more

Trapper Keeper

 It's back to school shopping time.When I was in grammar school, I remember heading out to the office supply store with a few very important items on my mind -- Hello Kitty pencils, Lisa Frank folders, and of course, a Trapper Keeper. There were so many to choose from, but I finally decided one with rainbow colored hearts floating through the sky.I couldn't wait until the first day of school so I could see which Trapper my best friend picked out....more

And They're Off: Back to School They Go

It's begun! My older two minions are officially in school, the same school, for the same amount of time, 5 days a week.WHAT?!...more


How College Drop-Off Turned Me into One of 'Those Moms '

August 23, 1998. The date will remain forever scorched in my memory as the day I became one of those mothers. The kind the rest of us whisper about when she leaves the room to get more tea. The kind who gives a bad name to motherhood. I wasn't one when I left my own driveway, but by the time I reached Burlington, Vermont, I was a full-fledged wack-a-doo. A June Cleaver with bi-polar disorder and a twitch beneath my right eye. ...more

Supply Lists

 The supply list asks for 6 packages of sharpened #2 Ticonderoga pencils with erasers (shared) Yes, Ticonderoga is in bold print to emphasize the brand name.Supply lists send me into a panic since our financial situation shifted. Back to school season has my stomach in knots.About I week ago I dug out the lists and started taking inventory. Always on the lookout for a sale,I picked up a few things here and there over the course of the summer. I mean, who can say no to 25 cent notebooks?...more

Back to School: Learning Never Ends

It’s Back to School time! The ads are running, and stacks of notebooks, folders and pens are popping up on endcaps everywhere. This time of year gets me really excited--I loved school, and I still love buying a fresh pack of pens. But Back to School is not about the pens, notebooks or new clothes; it’s about getting back to learning. ...more