Author: Anissa Berasi


One of my favorite traditions in December occurs one week prior to Christmas and has little to do with the holiday. In fact it is a celebration of a different birth.  One that occurred 94 years ago in 1922.  It is the celebration of Sophie.  Sophie is mother of three, grandmother of six, great-grandmother of eight, the ultimate matriarch, and we all relish the annual opportunity to show her love. Cataloging all of my memories of this beauty is simply impossible as she has shared in so moments from the mundane to the extraordinary. I am challenged to think of a time...

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It starts innocently enough.  Full of good intentions to make the holidays special and memorable.  I make a few lists.  Click thru my favorite shopping websites.  It’s only November.  I have time.  Theoretically speaking anyway… Before it’s too late to unsubscribe, my daily email intake doubles and then triples.  I am swimming in emails that ARE SCREAMING AT ME and can’t locate the ones that actually require replies.  Breathing while browsing becomes challenging.  I wake up in a cold sweat grabbing for my phone and trying to recall if I remembered to add the cuddliest Snow White doll and latest Lego...

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The Magic Within Us

A crew of family from the tri-state area recently returned from a week-long trip to Disney World.  We flew down South to enjoy Florida in the fall and soak up all the magical moments Mickey and friends have to offer. If only it were that simple. As many of you may already be aware (and perhaps painfully so), planning a Disney trip is not for the faint of heart.  This was compounded in that there were 16 of us in total with ranging interests in and tolerance of the Disney experience.  We stuck to the imposed deadlines for dinner reservations and rigorously planned in hopes...

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Procrastination at its Finest

I recently listened to a TED Radio Hour Podcast that focused on slowing down.  The overall message was that in some instances, slowing down the way we work and think, can actually facilitate a more creative process and help you become more effective. So I waited. And waited.  I’m still procrastinating as I type.  Hoping inspiration for this blog post will strike any minute now…. All kidding aside, I am always looking for ways to slow down this crazy, beautiful life of mine so I already buy into the concept these TED speakers were selling.  As I listened to the podcast, I tried to soak up as many tips and tricks to obtain a calmer, slower cadence to my every day life.  This is one battle in which I’m afraid I will always be engaged, but as I slowed down this week, I’d like to think that I wouldn’t have noticed a few special things in my world if not for my conscious effort. Complete and total unsolicited kindness of Noah who drew personalized drawings for my husband and I and left them on our master bedroom pillows.  He didn’t waste a single word announcing how thoughtful and creative he is.  He didn’t expect a thing in return.  My heart will break the day he stops leaving me these little love notes. Although it’s 80 degrees today, we actually should be in...

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How to Organize Legos

If you have children that are into Legos you know what a daunting task it can be to contain the Legos in an organized manner. You look at the bricks used to build a space station, Ninjago lair, pirate ship, etc. covering the floor and think: “Ok.  We’ll sort these by Lego set.  Find the directions and match them to the accompanying bricks for each set.  Place them in a bin.  Label the bin.  Tuck them away in the closet.  When you play with them, you can find the set that you’re looking for, take it out, and when you’re done, you return it to the properly labeled bin.  Ok?” I mean, to me, this seems very reasonable. Logical even.  Preschool 101.  Shouldn’t be too hard. You confidently walk into Target and purchase bins. Some with lids.  Maybe a few sets of drawers.  These will work well for the teeny, tiny Lego people you tell yourself.  All those miniscule heads and interchangeable hair pieces.  Yea, we got this. Spend an ENTIRE Sunday sorting. Get distracted every 15 minutes by the cool Lego thing you’re building.  Eventually you can see the actual rug of your child’s room.  You give your child a high five.  We did it. And then somehow, despite your well thought out plan and herculean efforts, the next weekend you find yourself faced with a familiar rainbow...

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