My Very Important Thoughts on the New Outlander Book, Written in My Own Heart's Blood

So after three years of waiting for it to come out, I finished the new Outlander book, Written in My Own Heart's Blood, in less than two weeks!...more

Our Two-Year-Old

I posted this on instagram, but have to share the most darling two-year-old ever. Please ignore my morning voice: After the splish-party and post-nap, the festivities continued at home. Zuzu came downstairs to see a useful and not-at-all-obnoxious gift from Uncle Buck: As improbable as it sounds, inflatable dinosaurs are sort of a running joke in our family ....more


party invitation - ordered from (I was very happy with them and would totally recommend - reasonable prices and high-quality printing and paper) Aside from the cookie debacle, Zuzu's party actually went off pretty smoothly. I had no agenda, no games, no cake (I was going to put candles in a muffin but then I forgot candles--#momfail). We decided to skip the forced singing and picture posing (we saved that for the privacy of our kitchen and we'll celebrate with family again this weekend, so we felt okay about not doing it at the splash party) ....more

5 Things to Have Ready Before a Surrogacy Birth

Organized or OCD? Some will call me OCD, but for the sake of this post we will say it is a healthy balance between the two. It is time to start getting ready ....more

Would You Listen?

A lot of my favourite scenes from the first draft of Apart at the Seams ended up on the cutting room floor....more

That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles

I kept telling myself that Zuzu's party was going to be low-key and I wasn't going to stress about details. To some extent, that was true, but I should have just let myself get a little more type-A in the planning (as I did with her first birthday) because then I wouldn't have spent Saturday wishing that it didn't exhaust me to climb up and down the basement stairs as I looked for various baskets and party supplies in the storage closet because I would have had all that stuff lined up ages ago.And I might have been able to avoid bursting into the tears over The Cookie Incident of 2014.But probably not.We didn't really have a theme for this party beyond "plish-plash-plash!" as Zuzu would say, but Zu was pretty excited about being "2" and is also a big fan of saying "ready, set, go!" (or sometimes "set, ready, go!" before jumping into the pool or sliding down the slide. So I got pretty freaking adorable invitations that said, "Ready - Set - 2!" and featured a picture of her splashing in the fountain at the park ....more

Big Changes in the Employment Department

So... this is happening... ...more

Mental Illness and Infertility

I read about the study in a few places this morning: researchers in Copenhagen had concluded that children born via IVF are 33% more likely to be diagnosed with mental illness either in childhood or adulthood....more

Hotel Social Media and Home Blogging

If I want to know how you are doing, I go to your blog....more

814th Issue of the LFCA

Welcome to today's edition of Connections Abound. The point of Lost and Found is to level the support playing field. When LFCA works correctly, the newest blogger with the smallest readership can receive the same level of support as the oldest blogger with the largest readership ....more