Seasonal Reading: Fall Favorites

Oct 20, 2014 by

I love the new traditions that are emerging in my family now that my kids are getting a little bit older. With some help from my retired teacher mom’s extensive book collection, I have started our own book collections for each season. These are special books that we bring out only at the start of each season or leading up to a special holiday. I have been trying to keep these books separate from our regular books on the bookshelf by keeping them in a special basket near the fireplace and asking that they be returned there when we are done reading them. Right now, we’re loving our Autumn books and thought it might be nice to share some of our favorite titles.


  • Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills
  • Five Little Pumpkins illustrated by Ben Mantle

The Snowbirds are Packing

Oct 13, 2014 by

My emotions around parenting have felt deep and intense over what seems like the last six months or so. Life has felt like a rollercoaster with such highs when I feel warm, cozy and content and such anger with myself when I get angry with my children. I’m keeping score and letting go, all in the same day. It’s really exhausting. I interviewed for and started a new job. I went back on birth control, only to go off it again after feeling like the hormones were just too much for me. I had kidney stones and surgery. I found out I have gallstones. My husband finished a doctoral degree that was ten years in the making. My youngest daughter started at a new school. I got up every morning between 5-5:30am. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that so far doesn’t seem to be affecting me much. Blah blah blah, I’m tired., so tired.

I’ve Got Nothing, So You Get Recipes

Oct 6, 2014 by

I considered a few alternate topics this week, but I wasn’t quite emotionally or mentally ready to write about any of them just yet. These include:

  • PTA Co-chair’s child draws classmate’s blood on playground (hint: I’m the new PTA co-chair)
  • When school wants to potty train your 20-month old and you want to be lazy and leave her in diapers for another half of a year
  • A plea for help getting said 20-month old to sleep past 4:45am
  • Getting a jump start on holiday shopping (and wrapping) because I’m a crazy person

In the end, my Sunday night brain settled on a few go-to recipes around my house. I hope you don’t mind?

I like to make this one to bring into work or send to work with my husband. What’s better than starting a Monday with coffee cake that might as well be considered regular cake? And doesn’t everything baked look better in a bundt pan?

15 Rules of Thumb for Parenting

Sep 29, 2014 by

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My kids finally go to the same school again. This has been a year in the making and I could not be happier to just have one drop off. The school they go to continues to amaze me daily. This past week they held one of their parent information nights to provide parents tips for our Montessori parenting toolkit. I spoke to the Head of School and she gave me approval to post her Rules of Thumb along with some of my notes from the night. I am not identifying the school for my own privacy. Even if you don’t believe in all of these “rules,” there might be at least one or two that you could use in your parenting. The school suggested keeping a print of the Rules of Thumb on your fridge so that they are top of mind.


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Other take aways from the night:

Settling In for a Long Winter

Sep 22, 2014 by

I have this intense feeling of needing to organize, catalog and minimize the things in my home. I just have this feeling that winter is going to be really long and cold and that I’m just going to want to be snug as a bug in a rug in my little cozy, lovely home. I want to make it just that, cozy and organized, an enjoyable place to be close to those I love. I know it’s barely Fall. I’ve already gotten Halloween candy, but haven’t gotten Halloween costumes. The leaves are still on the trees, although showing some signs of turning. The temperature has dipped and risen up again. I’m burning a carmel apple candle.

I love living somewhere with seasons. I grew up in Florida where it’s hot hot hot pretty much all year. I remember it hailed once. I heard rumors of snow once, a few years before I was born. I remember not understanding those garbage bags they sell that are made to look like pumpkins. Now I get that you’re supposed to fill them with leaves.

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