I am the mother to three beautiful, brilliant and bossy daughters. I'm married to Joel, Dr. Maestro Orchestra Conductor extraordinaire. When I'm not working on my mother of the year status, you can find me singing professionally, teaching voice lessons at the University, taking lots and lots of photographs, listening to opera, finding a good deal on groceries, reading a good book, or maybe even scrapbooking (that is, if I'm not blogging). Life is definitely overstuffed, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Ten Years and Tenure

My four-year-old niece is visiting us this week. The girls have only ever met her once before and are in cousin heaven! Last week, my blog turned ten years old ....more

Celebrating Birthdays: What To Do About the Gluten-free Kid

Less than a week after Sophia was finally diagnosed with Celiac, she was invited to a birthday party. Though I had already been gluten-free for about a year, navigating the gluten-free waters with a first-grader who got much sicker than I did when she ingested gluten was a little bit scary.I didn't know the little girl whose party Sophia was invited to, so I called her mom and explained about Sophia's new dietary restrictions. I found out that they would be having standard birthday party food: pizza, cake, and ice-cream--all of which usually contain gluten ....more

Keep Your Soccer Hero Hydrated with POWERADE® and Fresh Fruit

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How Changing My Wardrobe Changed My Life

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How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean When You Don't Have Time to Clean

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How I Know I Married a Musician: Part 11

We've spent the last few days on tour with The Maestro's orchestra. We, meaning The Maestro, me, and Bria, who has been playing second violin in his orchestra just so she could go to Chicago with us. But she's loved it so much she wants to do it again next year, even though there is no tour next year.I do love watching my husband in his element ....more

I'm trying to

I'm trying to be better with the Sunday photos. So, even though it's now Tuesday night (Wednesday morning, if I'm being honest), ...more

This summer I

This summer I updated my front door. It was a super quick makeover, and it has kept me smiling through the winter when I drive up to the house and see my bright red front door welcoming me home. I'm now thinking I'll do a quick update to my back door this coming summer (it is coming, even though it snowed this morning, right?), so I put together a board of my favorite front door updates on Hometalk ....more

Paper Planners: More Than Just a Schedule

As you all know, I love my paper planners.The reasons I love them so much are many, but I think one of the biggest reasons is that they help to keep every aspect of my life in order. I know I could do this on my phone with a wide assortment of apps, but I prefer to do it in my planner.Obviously the schedule is the biggest part of a planner. Without the monthly and weekly calendars I would be completely lost in my own life ....more

I've had a

I've had a bit more energy than usual these past few days. I decided that I'd better use that energy for good and make Easter weekend at least a little bit fun for the girls.I'm not much of a fun mom, anyway, so doing a little bit of fun is a big deal!I took Chloe and Sophia to a sock puppet making class on Friday night. We had a blast together creating some cute puppets, and Sophia loves hers so much she's been sleeping with it on her hand ....more