Travel Tips: How To Pack and Fly Like a Pro

After I wrote about our travel snacks and how airline travel has changed, it made me think about how I prepare for my trips. I mostly fly for work trips. If my husband and I are traveling for pleasure, we drive unless we have the opportunity to turn a work trip into a vacation like we did in San Francisco. While I was sitting at dinner tonight, I thought about the tips I use to keep myself sane while traveling on airlines. ...more
Excellent advice. I'll add this: Check to make sure Homeland Security or some other agency ...more

Executive Decision

Hi, remember me?I made this blog private after watching an episode of 60 Minutes on facial recognition and having a long discussion about it with my husband. He didn't even mention the blog but I got kind of weirded out by it and decided I want to take Home Sweet Hopkins private. I want to keep writing my "diary" entries about Baby Hop's life and will continue to do so on this blog. If you follow now and want to ...more


I took the step to make the blog private.I have been trying to reduce my Google Footprint recently and that meant taking the blog offline. I did a Google search for my name the other day. I am okay with my Linked-In profile showing up on the first page. I'm not so okay with my blog showing up on the third page of results.  ...more

Daycare Meals

It's been a while since I've talked about Baby Hops and her feedings. I haven't talked about it because it's been going so well! I have been sending food for her to daycare every day. I started by sending a puree to daycare for lunch. After a while, we added more meals and more solid foods into the mix. My daycare has been really great about letting me send my own food for her. They provide food but I would ...more

Happy Mother's Day 2013

Last year I ate the most giant container of froyo EVER. Yup, I ate FROYO while pregnant. It was sooooo good, too.This year, I held the best decision my husband and I ever made in my arms ....more

Dada - a first word or a coincidence?

Baby Hop has been babbling pretty well and consistently for a few weeks now. We have attempted to remember to say words to her like ball, bye bye, dada and cup. We usually forget to say mama so it's not a surprise that isn't a word she uses a lot. To be honest, I find she mostly babbles mamamamama when she is crying or upset. That just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside ....more

8, 9 and 10 month updates

8 Months We had to change our photo set-up because you refuse to lay on your back now!! ...more

I Got Got.

When I was 11, my family and I were in Walt Disney World. We were eating dinner one night and the maitre d came up to my father and told him there was a phone call at the desk for him. People, this was over 20 years ago (YES, I'm old), there were no cell phone back then. Dad took the call and came back to the table looking sad. He said he had taken a call from our pet ...more

Easter 2013 in Photos

I forgot to take a picture of dinner but, here is what we had for dessert. Bunny cakes! ...more