How To Update Your Facebook Profile Picture Without Notifying Anyone

It’s a small thing, it’s a silly thing, it’s a ridiculous thing to be irked by: but without fail I get flustered when I change my profile photo and then a flurry of notifications happen. Don’t get me wrong, it is incredibly nice for people to take a moment and comment on a photo and […] ...more

portrait of a woman in need of a haircut

The last time I had a haircut was during the filming of The Fault in Our Stars. I know this because I donated the 11 inches of my chopped off hair to #HairforHazel. I couldn’t remember exactly what the date of the haircut was so I did a search for the movie within my blog […] ...more

your children and the collision of other people’s manners

Recently I read a blurb from Liv Tyler where she spoke about one of the best lessons her grandmother (who happens to be one of the leading experts on modern manners) ever taught her. She said her grandmother didn’t like the reply, “no problem” in response to a thank you. She suggests saying, “my pleasure” […] ...more

hummingbird fly by

As I put the car in park in front of the house this morning I happened to glance up and spot a bird who was hovering just over my neighbor’s shrubs. I was completely surprised, shocked to be honest, I haven’t seen a bird like this in years: not since my family has lived in […] ...more

unclaimed dates

Our calendars are always filled with reminders about certain dates, but at some point we no longer need to write the reminder down. Then our minds become a clutter with unclaimed dates as you land on a specific day and vaguely remember it once had significance, but aren’t exactly sure why. “I know I needed […] ...more

screen time and our kids

This week I wrote about screen time over on Babble. In the conversations I’ve had with people after the post went live I am finding people still think “TV” when they hear “screen” and this may be why so many parents feel they should put limits on technology. I monitor TV screen time ....more

weekend at the movies (why I can not wait to see “The Skeleton Twins”)

I went to the movies with Sandra this weekend. We saw Chef and I think it is safe to say we both enjoyed it. Without giving too much away (although it isn’t exactly a spoil-y kind of film) it is about a chef who begins to cook on a food truck ....more

watching him learn – a day at the Fairmount Water Works

Before school started I relished in filling up W’s and my summer dance card with activities. Now that we are in what can only be called the bumpy learning phase of a new school year I have opted to keep our schedule as simple as possible. We are aiming for a weekly playdate with friends, […] ...more


Nine years ago I became a joiner. I wish I had poured my heart out into the first post, but I was so eager to jump into things I pretty much did a “yadda, yadda, yadda” through my introduction to the blogosphere. I introduced myself as Calliope, an alias I proudly dropped in 2011, and […] ...more

the armor of kindergarten

For the last week or so I have spent as much time as possible with W. Every small pocket of time was filled with an adventure or simply hanging out. I knew once we met September 2nd everything would change ....more