About 2 years ago during a cold, February month, we brought home our first batch of baby Rhode Island Red chicks!
They were so unbelievably adorable, it was heart-wrenching. They were so small, and so soft, and so sweet with little "peeps." For ...more
Funny thing about being a mom: Some of it's not that funny.
Don't get me wrong: A lot of it is joyous, glorious, fulfilling.
Even when you're sleep deprived, at the fraying end of your rope, wishing you'd had your tubes tied when you were ...more
When I was a teenager, I babysat for a family who lost their youngest child to SIDS. I didn't know anything about SIDS, but knew that this family had put their healthy infant son to bed one night and he never woke up. It was terribly hard on the ...more
My daughter is sitting in the corner of the living room, pulling gruesome and bizarre faces into her iPad for selfies which she sends to her friends. (This is apparently called Snapchat.) I am being treated to this spectacle because I have protested ...more
Last year, I let this day slip by. I'd written about it the three previous years. I spend a lot of my time trying to create empathy for people (all people), and this -- the casual disregard for people with intellectual disabilities, the widespread ...more
I have been working part-time for the past five years. Why? Since my kids were born, I haven’t been able to commit 100% to the world of the "Working Women." I’m now part of the “Mommy World,” which means very long hours, no pay, lots of sacrifice, and the ultimate reward of pure love. It also means wearing comfortable fleece or yoga clothes, "natural" hair in a ponytail, and un-sexy flat shoes (aka flip flops and UGGs).
This word strikes fear in the heart of most parents. It’s the Kryptonite of the parenting fraternity. When most parents look at their children, the last thing they want to think about is that they -- gulp -- masturbate. Because there seems to be such taboos connected with this topic, many parents are unaware that it is, in fact, totally normal for children to be touching themselves regularly at the age of three and then again, from twelve well into adulthood.
This time, he colored the butterfly and cleaned up a bunch of the small details. Still to come are the red poppies that come from behind the butterfly and over my shoulder and probably more small details. (If you've forgotten, this is a memorial piece for my sister in law, who loved butterflies - and turquoise - and died in August from a horrific battle with cancer ....more
Make & Wear Palm Fronds Palm Fronds are really beautiful I think. The fact that they look just like accordion folded paper makes me want to make some! Also this is a great time of year to accessorize with a little green with Saint Patrick’s Day, the spring equinox, and Easter ....more
It all started on Friday, December 27, 2013 when Scott's dad (Grandpa) was coming to pick the 2 of us up for a concert. He got lost on the way to our house. I called Scott's mom (Grandma) to see where he was coming from and she said from their house, which is only 1 mile away and that he had been doing things like this over the last few months and she just didn't want to tell us ....more
I say this all the time, but time literally flies when you have a toddler in the house. It’s crazy how fast the weeks go by after your baby is born, and suddenly you have a walking, talking being in front of you. And it’s amazing. So now that my little man is seventeen months old, I have to share some of my absolute FAVORITE things about being the mommy of a toddler....more
Dear Blog Readers, Today is March 8th, International Women’s Day, and I have been inspired by this article “Five of Italy’s Most Influential Women” from www.ItalyMagazine.com to do a blog post reminding you of some of the interesting Italian women … Continue reading → ...more
Community Question is a category inspired by you. Here and there readers write in with questions that are better served by the varied, experiential knowledge of those who read and contribute in the comments. Please respond to this post in the comments, but if you have a question for the community email it to Heather ....more