These are a Few of My Favorite Things!

I hope you got your Julie Andrews on and sang that title. Otherwise, I just don’t think you’re in the holiday spirit. Grab yourself a festive drink and come back when you’re ready to burst with holiday happiness. In keeping with the joy of the season (and trying to block out a recent rant), I’ve … Continue reading


For almost a week, I’ve tried to find a topic on which I can write that doesn’t include my silly daily gripes, ridiculous antics of my children, or anything else that makes me feel so ungrateful. It’s still on my mind, tattooed on my heart and, dammit, there’s nothing I can do about it. After … Continue reading


Yesterday morning around 9:40, my younger brother walked through my front door and my kids went crazy with excitement. Uncle Mike was here to play! He would take them to see the Christmas train in the basement! He would construct towering buildings out of Legos! He would carry clingy Ella anywhere she wanted to go! … Continue reading

Remotely Routine

Welcome to every and anyone who is linking up from the More Than Mommies Mixer! It’s an honor to be co-hosting again this fabulous Friday. Don’t forget to scroll down for the rules and to link-up! Every parent and pediatrician touts the importance of having a routine for kids: Bathe them in lavender; it’s calming! … Continue reading

Where My Girls At?

If you’re cringing just reading the title of this post, good. You obviously appreciate proper grammar, and you’re not my target audience anyway. The generation that thinks it’s permissible to end a sentence with a preposition is who I’m lookin’ at as I write this. Maybe because I’m a teacher and my “teenager sensors” are … Continue reading

What Happened Was…

My first teaching gig began in 2003. I was barely 23 and some of the students I had in class were 19… It was difficult at first, but I let those “kids” know who was boss and things quickly fell into place. (Full disclosure: when I say I let them know who was boss, that … Continue reading

Let the Games Begin!

Confession: I’m more than slightly obsessed with the Christmas season. From the warm and fuzzies to the hot chocolate and parties and scarves (I love me a good scarf), it really is the most wonderful time of the year. But it ends way too soon every. single. year. My mom normally cries on Christmas night … Continue reading

Eff the Elf

I remember the first time I saw him: I was at Barnes and Noble with a few friends, one of whom purchased the complete Elf on the Shelf package. My first thought (and probably words): “That thing is CREEPY!!” My pal swore that the little gremlin helped keep her son in line in the days … Continue reading

Give Me Some Happy

What’s shakin’, party people?! It’s a pleasure to once again co-host the More Than Mommies Mixer. If you scroll down to the bottom of this post, you’ll find all the details about the mixer and how to link up. And now, I hope you don’t mind, I’m going to take advantage of my blogging stage … Continue reading

There’s a WHAT in Your Pocket?!

At dinner tonight, my 3-year-old son said, “HEY! I have a rocket in my pocket!” ┬áMy husband, guest-for-dinner brother, and I just looked at each other like did he really just say that?! I asked the kid to repeat it and he said again, a little too proudly, “I HAVE A ROCKET IN MY POCKET!!!!” … Continue reading