You Say It’s Your Birthday?!

Oct 8, 2014 by


Three out of the four people living in my house have fall birthdays. My husband and I often joke that our wedding anniversary in August is the kick-off to the holiday season in our home, as we have birthdays in September, October, and November, of course followed by Christmas and all the chaos that comes with that.

In the decade that I’ve known my husband, birthdays have been a rather hotly debated topic of discussion. I grew up with parents who were all about birthday celebrations. My mother began our birthdays by blasting The Beatles “Birthday” song from the White Album in the morning. We had a special breakfast, often found a special note and dessert in our lunchbox, came home to a special dinner, then, of course, we ate cake. If your birthday was on, say, a Wednesday, and your birthday party was on the following Saturday, you still got cake on that Wednesday. Because cake that isn’t served on your actual birthday doesn’t count for 100%. Besides, who argues with more cake? No one.

How “perspectacles” changed my thinking

Oct 1, 2014 by

There are so many things about social media that I really love. I love that it lets me stay connected to people who I otherwise wouldn’t get to see often. I love that it lets me stay up-to-date on the lives of my friends and watch their families grow. I love the ability to get advice from so many friends on things I’m unsure about. I love the sharing of ideas and resources that it allows.

And then, there are the things I don’t like…mainly, the competition and feelings of inadequacy it can create. We see snapshots of lives that are just tiny peeks into what’s really going on. For example…I might post this:

"Lesson plans and cocoa on a crisp fall evening..."

“Lesson plans and cocoa on a crisp fall evening…”

…which leaves out reality. It shows just what I intend to show, and certainly not the whole truth, which looks a lot more like this:

A Week of Easy Fall Dinner Ideas

Sep 24, 2014 by

Fall is in the air, and I’m craving comfort foods for dinner! The only problem? I seem to lack the hours and hours needed to prepare fancy dinners for my family. I need dinners that come together fast! Sound familiar? Read on! Below are my five favorite working parent-friendly fall dinners. If you have any to add, feel free to post your favorite easy fall meal in the comments!

1) Pot Roast with Carrots and Potatoes

4-5 Pound Beef Chuck Roast

5 or 6 medium sized red potatoes

5 or 6 carrots

1 cup of water

1 onion (any kind!)

1 packet of Good Seasons Garlic & Herb (in the salad dressing aisle)

Olive Oil

Canning with the Kids

Sep 17, 2014 by

We are pick-your-own fruit junkies in my house. Strawberries, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, apples…we love them all. There are so many fantastic farms that offer pick-your-own fruits in CT that it’s hard not to get excited about it. The big questions is always…what to do with all the fruit? We eat a ton of it, freeze some for smoothies, but we always save some for one of my favorite family projects: canning!

Being a Childless Teacher…What I Didn’t Know Then

Sep 10, 2014 by


Well, we are in week 3 of the new school year over here, and while we’ve had more than a few tears, things seem to be settling down a bit. Being the mother of kids in school is making me think back a lot on my time as a teacher of kids in school, and I’m realizing there are dimensions of teaching that I didn’t totally understand as a childless teacher. Now, don’t get me wrong– I am absolutely not saying teachers aren’t as good at their jobs if they aren’t also parents, but I am saying I feel different about the job now that I’ve seen it from both sides.

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