Of Sesame Street and Peyton Place

Can I tell you how to get to Sesame Street? Oh, you bet I can. I am more familiar with Oscar, Elmo and Big Bird’s turf than my own town. Mr. Rogers? But of course. The sweater and sneaks, the soft, soothing voice, the Neighborhood of Make Believe…all staples of my kids’ childhood. My brood was, thank heavens, mostly reared in the pre-Barney the Totally Obnoxious Dinosaur era. But I certainly watched more than my fair share of children’s television, some shows of much better quality than others....more

Ramblings of a New Mom

I always heard and seen people with their children. I thought I understood what it meant to love someone that much. I see now that I didn’t understand at all. I love my husband so very much but the feelings I have for my daughter can’t be described as love. The emotion is too strong and for me different than love, I feel it in a different place. It’s all consuming and powerful in a way that defies logic....more

Confessions of a Roller Coaster Cook

Ask me what I have planned for dinner tomorrow night when PJ and his girlfriend are here. Go on! OK I’ll tell you. Lamb chops with crushed pistachios and chaat masala, saffron couscous, cucumber raita and homemade peppermint patties for dessert. Ta-da!...more

Best places to ski in Colorado

Colorado offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world, and snowfall amounts during major storms can be spectacular. Ski resorts in the state vary widely, with everything from top-end, world-class resorts and seemingly endless terrain to single-lift, family-run operations that deliver skiers to some of the best hike-to possibilities in the country. Finding the right resort typically comes down to personal taste, skiing preferences, skill level, budget, convenience of location, and even what time of year you want to ski....more


I feel a change coming. I’m not sure if that change will be in myself or an event surrounding me but it looms just over the horizon. I do not fear this change. I am oddly calm and ready for whatever is coming. I have already accepted it for what it is and I find myself prepared....more

I Heart NY

Growing up in Manhattan, the closest I ever got to Brooklyn was looking at it from the other side of the East River. The part of Brooklyn I could see was Greenpoint (or as my Pop Cunningham would pronounce it in his old New York-ese, “Greenpernt.”) Never set foot in any of the other boroughs either. Of course, my traveling options were somewhat limited since we moved away when I was eight (why COULDN’T I take the subway alone? I remember whining. Being a kid was such a bummer!)...more

My Mug Runneth Over

I have a tendency to break things. I have broken countless glasses over the years, and more than a few plates. This is because I am a clumsy and totally disinterested dish washer. I also break necklaces and lose earrings regularly, because I am a slapdash and indifferent jewelry wearer. In short, you should not trust me with any delicate item you own (I know I certainly don’t!)...more

5 inexpensive ways to enjoy with your family this winter

Fall is almost over, and winter is coming. We are going to be inside our homes more. Snowfall, hailstorms and weather alerts should be taken positively, like the late poet Shelly said, “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” To make use of this season and spend time with your family members without fail, here are five inexpensive ways of doing so....more

Baked Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato Fries

Classic Buffalo chicken flavor in a healthier dish, this Baked Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato Fries won’t be letting you down this football season, unlike your favorite team.  I have been craving Buffalo Chicken for quite some time now. Maybe it’s because of football season.Football season is not only about your favorite teams playing and get-togethers with your friends, it’s also about the food. Chicken wings, chili, nachos, dips & chips, and loaded baked potatoes to name just a few. Finger foods, comfort foods, and ooey gooey cheesey foods.But what about when you’re trying to eat healthy and enjoy the game and football foods with your friends?It’s no fun munching on carrots and celery sticks by yourself while all your friends are eating buffalo wings and nachos....more

Get Outside! The Best Budget-Friendly Autumn Activities for the Whole Family

The dog days of summer may be on their way out, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to pack in the outdoor adventures just yet. Crisp fall days lend themselves perfectly to throwing on a cozy sweater and embarking on family fun to take in all the sights autumn has to offer.With the kids back in school and the holidays creeping up on us, these outdoor activities are just the thing to allow every member of the family to connect with one other and with nature. ...more