Spreading Back-to-School Smiles in Your Community

Jul 30, 2014 by

I have a love-hate relationship with Back-to-School shopping. On the one hand, it’s the moooost wonderful tiiime, of the yeaaaar:

(that may as well be me in the commercial)

But on the other hand, the commercialism and greed of it all drives me nuts! I have looked though my kids’ closets, and they don’t actually need much. My older son legitimately needs sneakers and a bigger backpack, and both boys need fall pants but honestly, if you’ve lived through September in Connecticut, you know we still have about a month of summery weather after school starts. All those cute corduroy pants and sweater outfits they advertise are great…in late October. My kids will probably wear shorts for the first few weeks, then maybe they’ll add a hoodie. Maybe.

A Mom without a Hobby

Jul 23, 2014 by

A frequent, shall we say, topic of discussion in our household is the fact that I continually find myself with little to no “me time”. I’m not the kind of person who needs a whole weekend at the spa or on a vacation with friends (though I’m not saying I’d turn that down…hint, hint...), but generally, my only time away from the kids is when I’m working or catching up on weekend chores around the house. If there were a pie chart of my “Weekly Kid-Free Hours” it would look something like this:

(Image made by me on this site: https://imgflip.com/piemaker)

(Carefully crafted scientific chart made by me on this site: https://imgflip.com/piemaker)

Livin’ La Vida Loca(vore)

Jul 16, 2014 by

When I moved to our small CT town nearly five years ago, I’d never heard the term CSA before. Suddenly, I was hearing it everywhere, and I began to wonder what the fuss was all about. Did I need a CSA too? Yes? Maybe?? I didn’t even know! “CSA” is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture. It basically means that you’re buying a percentage of a farm’s harvest and paying in advance. When you buy in, you’re doing so understanding that what you get is somewhat unknown. You share both the potential abundance and failure of the crops. Our local farm offers three CSA share sizes: small, regular, and large. As first timers looking to add more vegetables into our life, we opted for a small share. The price ($475, due before the harvest began!) seemed steep to me initially. However, I quickly realized that this worked out to about $25 per week, which is approximately what I spend on not-so-fresh produce that has traveled the world before hitting my plate each week at the grocery store. We are now about two months into our first CSA experience, and these are my thoughts on it from the perspective of a working mom of young kids:

My Summer Dilemmas (advice needed!)

Jul 9, 2014 by

I love summer just as much as the next person, really, I do. And I enjoyed, and thoroughly agree with, Jillian’s post about how great it is to share it with my kids, especially now that they’re old enough to really do things with us. Those parts of summer, I love. But there are some parts of summer that are throwing me for a loop. I’m the kind of person who thrives on order and routine, and summer as a part-time working mom with my sons, ages five and three, has proven to be not-so-orderly and not-so-routine. There are a lot of factors at work here: my job changes a bit in the summer, my kids are around more, etc. So, as someone who does not deal well with randomness in my life, I’d love suggestions on how to fix/cope with the following summer issues:

Last-Minute Fourth of July Fun for Little Ones

Jul 2, 2014 by

I absolutely love the Fourth of July. It’s one of my favorite holidays. What’s not to love? Shorts, flip flops, swimming, grilling, fireworks…I love it all. My kids are three and five, and they are at a fun age where they anxiously await all holidays. Whether it’s Christmas or Groundhog Day or Pi Day, for goodness sake, we celebrate it. In the spirit of our never-ending party planning, I thought I’d share a few of our plans in case you’re looking for fun ideas for the little ones in your life this weekend!

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