Really, It's Okay!

When I got married, I went the way of many girls. First comes love, then comes marriage, and so on. I was 19 and didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life. So I did what I thought I probably should do: Bore children and stayed home to take ...more

Yep, We're Going to Disney

Have you ever noticed how once you start thinking about something, it suddenly seems to pop up everywhere? It makes sense I guess; things you never paid attention to start sticking out once they’re already on your mind. ...more

Some Assembly Required?

I’m not sure how I dodged this essential parenting rite of passage for so long, but somehow this Christmas, my daughter’s fourth year leaving out cookies and Scotch, was the first time I had to assemble a toy. On that fateful morning, I re-heated ...more

Make These Fun & Educational Valentine's Day Discovery Bottles

This past week I decided to make some Valentine's Day themed discovery bottles for my babies. Discovery bottles are a great way for infants and toddlers to have a fun sensory experience and some playful learning. These simple DIY toys will ...more

Kids Can't Walk Home Alone

Should fear of Child Protective Services taking our children affect the everyday decisions of parents? Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, parents in Silver Spring, Maryland, now find themselves under investigation by CPS for allowing their children, ages ...more

I'm Not An Embarrassment To My Kids Even When I Ride The Subway In My Underwear

Last weekend I participated in a Los Angeles ritual, the No Pants Subway Ride. I had a blast hanging out with some of the most free-spirited people in the city. I happened to be the very first person to arrive at Union Station, rocking my bright blue bikini underwear, a hoodie sweatshirt and ankle boots in 60 degree weather. ...more
Bikini underwear are no different than a 2 piece bathing suitmore

Can You Work From Home After Baby? Yes!

I’ve been working from home long before we had children. I started in 2007 when I opened up my own design company with my husband and set up our home office. There I was, free of the daily commute, Skyping into client conferences instead of physically being there, and usually blissfully getting through the day without having to apply makeup. Work and life felt balanced, and I felt happy....more
Pecked2DeathByChckns Thanks so much! Sounds like a mom who knows!more

Midlife Crisis? My Husband Feels Trapped By His Life!

For many of us of a certain age, the midlife crisis is a source of tired jokes and stereotypes. We think about sports cars and younger women, drastically changing our appearance or just plain running away. I've often ribbed my husband, telling him he can't have a midlife-crisis car because we had a midlife baby instead. ...more
Heavy. But why is she placing the fate of her and her daughter into HIS hands?! She's waiting ...more

My top 10 parenting fails

I am pretty much the perfect parent. I am calm all of the time.My children obediently submit to my authority the first time.I burst forth from my bed every morning with a twinkle in my eye ready to take on the day.Um, no....more

The Stories You Tell Again and Again

Today I teach the Advanced Writing students about writing their "Signature Stories" for their professional development. It's such a fun and meaningful assignment. We look at the key stories that have shaped our ideas about work and adulthood.They choose one life story, and they craft the tale in five pages of vivid verbs, varied sentence patterns, sensory detail, dialogue, and tension ....more

J Crew Jewelry Sale

Good Morning! Hope you all had a restful weekend before starting up again today. ...more

Silver Linings, Pollyanna & Ice Skating

I try to enjoy the moment, really be in it and soak it up. ...more

What Do You Consider?

There are many ways I consider myself creative. I mean, isn't creativity more than crafts or Pinterest inspired projects? For instance, here are some of the ways I consider myself creative.CookingI may not be the best cook. I may veer off a recipe more often than not. I may literally make something up with a few basic ingredients. And it's well known at our house that I never make the same meal twice, if for no other reason than I don't write much down or follow recipes anyway....more

Favorite Winter Skin Moisturizers

Monday, January 26, 2015Winter time can be really rough on skin! I have super sensitive, dry skin, so whenever I find a product I love I tend to stick with it! I've rounded up my favorite facial moisturizers...more

Off And Running!

2015 has gotten off to a busy start! I've been a writing fool - just not here. To see what I've been up to with my keyboard, check out my posts for January: I Don't Put Stock In New Year's Resolutions Cleaning Your House And The Dad Factor Are Kids' Birthday Parties Worth It? ...more

Wedding ring issues

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Teaching Strategies: Using Kahoot! Software

Teaching Strategy: Using Kahoot! Software Go to com (or just Google Kahoot if you forget it) Create an account. Use your school info (email and such) If you’ve already created an account, log in Then you’re at your Kahoot homepage On the right-hand side of the page, you’ll see the following: My Stats – lets you know how many Kahoots (review games) you have, the questions in all of them, how many times you / others have played it, how many have played it, and how many other people shared it My Recent Results – click on the cloud downloads to access the Excel spreadsheet, or just click “all results” to do the same thereafter Community – interact with the Kahoot team and others You’ll use the left-hand side of the page most often, so let’s focus on that (see below) To the very left, you can click on “New K!” any time to create your first Kahoot, which is just the name they use for the program ....more


At Claire's 1-year pediatrician appointment this week, my biggest stressors were making sure Benjamin didn't crawl on the dirty floor and preventing Claire from putting that bench paper roll stuff in her mouth (gag). Both of which were extremely challenging, by the way. It was an enormous relief to visit a doctor and not worry about something related to pregnancy, childbirth or child rearing ....more