My birthday surprise: The dinner of my dreams at The French Laundry

I love surprises! I love to receive them, to observe them and to create them. Recently, I was the recipient of the most extravagant and very unexpected surprise. A surprise of gargantuan proportions! My husband invited me to the dinner of my dreams at The French Laundry!...more

6 Ways Turning 40 is a Lot Like Turning 4

My youngest just turned four on Tuesday and is acting like she has suddenly doubled her age.  Four is still young compared to her older sisters, but in her mind, she has officially made it into the Big Kid Club....more

Let's learn something: How to celebrate the important stuff

My birthday is this weekend. And I'm going to celebrate. All. Week. Long. (Maybe even longer...I haven't decided yet.)...more

Bittersweet Birthdays

Tomorrow my baby turns ten. Like any Mom, I love watching my children grow and become these amazing little people. And like any Mom, I also just want them to stay little forever. However, unlike some (most?) Moms, I actually get sad on my son’s birthday. Birthdays for the past few years with Brian have felt bittersweet to me. ...more
OMG this is so sweet....made my sonmore

A Letter To My Sister

So, it was my sister’s birthday the other day and since I could not be there in person, ocean dividing, I wrote her a letter. Last I heard, she replied back, I love you too.____...more

Glitter Letter Cake Topper

This has been the first year that Vaughn did not want something specific on top of her birthday cake. No Dora, no princess, no butterflies. All she wanted was a chocolate cake and something fantastic on top. Take it from me, when you're trying to impress a soon-to-be six year old girl the answer is always glitter. And the more the better....more
Thanks Denise!more

Weekend Off

Thanks to the fine quality of service Comcast delivers, I couldn’t blog yesterday due to “Circumstances beyond our control”…Argh!Jim’s surprise party went off without a hitch on Saturday and I think it was safe to say a good time was had by all.The food was fabulous, and I had gotten the party trays from Jim’s employer, T&F deli. The trays were really impressive....more