All Things in Moderation

My two daughters were competitive gymnasts until they were teenagers. They stayed long hours at the gym and we were all about healthy eating and drinking. There was no soda allowed in my house. Fruit drinks with no sugar added, were the only acceptable liquid besides water. I owned a business and my kids went to a sitter for two hours after school each day. My oldest daughter was ten and she had gymnastics four nights a week. My sitter called me one day and asked me to come to her home after work; she needed to talk to me....more

I'm too tired for all this tomfoolery.

It's only been a week that I've been flying solo, but I have come to the conclusion that single parents survive by using witchcraft; like in Disney movies when brooms sweep by themselves and dishes was themselves and woodland creatures tidy up for you. There is no other explanation, 'cause dude, I'm tired. Like fall on your face tired. Like I could lay face down on a slab of concrete and sleep like a hibernating bear. Last night Zofia nursed at 9:30pm and then we all went to bed. Then she nursed at 11:30pm. Athena woke me up at 1am for a drink. Zofia nursed at 2am. ...more

New York City With 2 Small Children - a Photo Essay, post 2 of 2 (the actual marathon)

Chopping up this into two posts to keep from grinding your poor browser to a screeching halt with all my high-end photo goodness. These are the pictures from the actual marathon (and its aftermath.) Without further ado... ...more

Go with the Flow

A while back I posted about how hard it is for toddlers to deal with a change in their routine.  While adults may not get scared when their routine changes without their permission, they can get irritated.  Yet another way in which adults are not so different from toddlers after all.We used to have a system in this house.  We'd wake up at 8 a.m., I'd give the babies a glass of milk and some dry cereal to munch on while I made breakfast, we'd eat breakfast, my husband would go to work.  This s...more

"It's Not Perfect" - Banned Declaration from DD

I was shocked.  I have tried really hard not to use the word "perfect" around my kids.  "Perfect" is too stressful.  It's such a loaded word.  I would much rather things and systems be "productive", "useful", or "organized".  We all wish we were Martha Stewart but reality and life gets in the way.    My DD was actually referring to the couch being "perfect".  We have a fold out couch that my kids love to take apart (no...more

How a Sleepover Invitation Helped Us Become the "Cool" House

My two eldest daughters, ages 9 and 7 just began a new school last January after having migrated over from an "expensive-as-heck" private school 45 minutes from the house. Thankfully, both girls have rock solid self-esteem and had few problems adjusting to what seems like a whole new galaxy. Each has made many friends, and both get invited to their fair share of birthday parties, the true marker of how well today’s children fit in. ...more

Thanks so much for your comment. Yes, it gets messy and unbearably loud, but at least they are ...more

Raising eco minded children isn’t that hard!

We know that raising kids is a tough but a rewarding endeavor. We love them so much we want to give them the best of everything but how do we raise our eco-kids happily and healthy? Well, we have the know how and some great tips and tricks to help you guys out! Lead by example...more

The birthday blues

Did anyone else catch last week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?  If so, you saw two moms plan over-the-top birthday parties for their two toddlers.  And yes, I said BOTH moms planned and held elaborate parties.  I mean in comparison, one of the mother’s really went overboard (as did her plastic surgeon regarding her overly plumped lips)….and the final event didn’t even resemble a party for a toddler – more like an adult party with the child as an afterthought because let’s face it, what toddler gives a hoot about floral arrangements?  Mine certainly do...more

I admit it...I need a Home Organizer too!

Even Home Organizers need help too!  The kids and I moved 6 months ago and, although the majority of our home is set up and organized, there are still those "spots" that we all have...the ones that every time I look at them, I start thinking "I should really do something about that".  They silently nag at me each time they catch my eye.  They also seem to multiply overnight! It's the 3 cardboard boxes my mom gave me from my childhood home that I stacked neatly in the kitchen, beside the stove, thinking that they will drive me crazy being there so that will mo...more

Time

Two years ago, I showered every seven to ten days, slept a maximum of 90 minutes at a time, wore glasses, poorly fitting clothes, and kept my chemically straightened hair in a tight braid all the time.  My son was five months old, then.  He cried all of the time that he was awake.  Tested my marriage.  Tested my patience.  And made me wonder, often, why I had cried and prayed and shouted and worried so much over the months that passed before he was conceived....more