Ombre Plant Markers

You know the best thing about a vegetable garden?  The plant markers. Okay, maybe the veggies are the highlight, but something has to keep you busy once the plants are in the ground and you have a few weeks before anything is ready to harvest. Here’s what kept me up late one night last week. […]

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I Loved My Birthday Madly

A few weeks ago, I bid on and won a yoga and picnic package at a charity auction for our local children’s museum.  On Friday, I hosted a dozen friends for yoga in my backyard and a lovely lunch (catered by someone other than me) while the kids were at school.  It was my 36th […]

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Buffalo Cauliflower: Hot Veg Gets Hotter

I’ve long held my sister Kim’s fashion advice as gospel, but since her diet consisted solely of Doritos for much of her childhood, I never imagined taking vegetable direction from her. Yet, ever since she named cauliflower the hottest vegetable of the year, I’ve been buying a head or two a week.  Mostly, I roast it with olive oil […]

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It’s Never Too Late: Last Minute Mother’s Day Crafts

The boys have been taking art classes with a wonderful teacher.  Each week, Tara introduces the kids to a different artist and they work on a project inspired by the artist’s work.  My house is covered in decorated soup cans (Warhol), painted collage (Chuck Close and Gustav Klimt) and sculpture. After the kids filled a […]

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Mother’s Day Shopping

This is always so tricky.  My mom, mother in law, grandma and sisters are just about the biggest blog fans I have.  You know I like surprises, so I can’t very well go showing what I’m buying this Mother’s Day. Let’s just go with some items that that have caught my eye that I wouldn’t […]

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DIY Lego Travel Activity Box

I made the boys some lego activity boxes to surprise them with for our three hour drive to Legoland. I bought each an unfinished 8 by 8 wooden box with a clasp at Michaels. After my mother in law and I poured through hundreds of legos trying to find enough of the same color to […]

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Surprise. They Don’t Like Surprises.

The latest wonder of my world: is it really possible that some people, in particular two people born of my very DNA, don’t like to be surprised? In college, I almost show up a day earlier than my parents expected.  SURPRISE!  I’m home on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, not Wednesday. Surprise!! I’m home on December […]

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Gigi’s Treasures

There’s been far too much carnage far too close to home.  Amid the horrors of this week – in Boston (and yesterday in Texas), its been a comforting distraction to be with my grandmother in Florida.  For sure, Gigi has seen her share of national and world tragedies since she left Poland in 1936 at […]

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Truth. Fib. Lie. Dealing with Kids and Lying

Ryan started telling tall tales somewhere around age four.  They were so harmless I can hardly remember them.  Like most kids, he had lots of creative explanations about things he did or saw. I remember a few whoppers from my childhood; mostly ones I told after being caught doing something wrong.  Once, on vacation in […]

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The Scooter Guide to Washington, D.C.

Scott, Ryan and I spent last weekend in Washington, D.C. Any guilt I felt about leaving our three year old with his grandparents melted away with our first walk around the White House.  No naps, no stroller…just lots of patriotic sightseeing. First, What Makes Me The Wisest Lady in the Land One word. Scooter. Having […]

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