How I Learned to “Be Present”

Nov 26, 2014 by


Appreciate the little things. Time flies.  Know what’s really important. Keep things in perspective. Be present. I read blog post after blog post on these topics and every time I smile and nod in agreement. “Yes! Such an important message!” Then I turn my head away from my kids and go back to scrolling on my phone. “Aww! That puppy is so cute!” “Kim Kardashian did what?!” And so it goes. The other day I caught myself in a situation where my three year old and I were sitting next to each other on the couch both looking down at our phones. Three year old watching monster truck videos on YouTube, me browsing Facebook. And it hit me: this is not how I want to spend my time with my kids. It’s time to stop nodding in agreement to all those blog posts, and actually be present.

Celebrating CT Working Moms 3-Year Anniversary in Photos

Sep 1, 2014 by

Lovely readers! Today, September 1st, marks’s 3-year anniversary! It was on this day that we published our very first post way back when. It’s been quite a ride. I’ve learned a LOT – about writing, running a website and just about myself. I’ve grown in many, many ways and have no idea how I would have gotten through the first 3 years of having a child without this community. I have something really special planned for later this month but couldn’t let this day go by without doing a little post. Here’s a look back in photos at our many website-related adventures!

In chronological order:

That time I had a baby and decided to create this website while out on maternity leave:


The time you voted us your favorite CT based parenting website and we got to meet and chat with other local bloggers (pictured to the far right is Missy – the Crazy Coupon Chick – we love her!!)

Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Apr 18, 2014 by

Dying Easter eggs is one of our favorite family traditions.  But each year I buy the coloring kit and and wonder exactly what’s in those dyes and if they’re ok for my family to eat.  This year, I’m trying something new, natural vegetable-based dyes made from leftover onion peels, spices, and berries.  The colors are more muted than the boxed dyes…but the process seems fun and not too difficult – plus, what else am I going to do with the old beets that have been sitting in the refrigerator!

For best results, make dyes and then let the eggs soak in the color overnight in the refrigerator.

Blue -Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup boiling water, bring to room temperature, and remove blueberries and add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar..

Jade Green – Peel the skin from 6 red onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tablespoons of  white vinegar.

10 Important Lessons Learned Through Team Sports

Mar 21, 2014 by

I don’t know where my son got the sports gene. Neither I nor my husband are sports enthusiasts, but our son is another story…he lives for baseball in the spring and fall, basketball during the winter, and track in the summer. Give this kid a ball and he’s happy. Beyond exercise, there’s so much more he’s learned from playing sports – he’s getting an opportunity to learn essential life lessons on the field and on the court.

1) He learns to lose…gracefully. Losing is not fun, but it’s part of life. Some days, your opponents are just a better team, sometimes you just don’t play well enough to win. Losing with grace and accepting responsibility for your loss (and not blaming everything else…the field was too wet, it was too windy, a black cat crossed our path…) is a real badge of maturity.

Ignoring My To-Do List & Being in the Moment with my Daughter

Feb 3, 2014 by

This afternoon, as I was driving home from work, my mind was focused on all the things I need to get done. I have a meeting tomorrow that I need to prepare for. I wanted to get on the treadmill (I’ve been eating a bit too much pre-Valentine’s Day chocolate). I wanted to check my email and Facebook. I had lots & lots of stuff to tick off my mental to-do list.

When I picked my daughter up at daycare she was in a great mood. We walked to the car holding hands as she delighted in the falling snow – throwing her head back so the snowflakes could land on her tongue. She looked at me and said “Mommy when we get home let’s build a snowman!” My first thought was, I can’t build a snowman tonight – when will I get my workout done? When will I do all of those other things?

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