Our Weekend

Dear Lila and Matthew, You Babes had a full and fun-filled weekend, starting with our regular Friday night ritual of popcorn and a family movie (this time it was The Muppet Christmas Carol.) Early Saturday morning we had breakfast with Daddy and then you hit the road with Mommy to ride to her hometown an […]

To My Baby Girl/Big Girl on Her 5th Birthday

Dear Lilabeans (aka My Lil’ Puddn Pop) It was this exact time 5 years ago, at 7:04 pm, that you came into the world and made me into a mother. Barely six pounds, so tiny and scrawny, and a terrible feeder and sleeper, you were just so unbelievably clingy and…needy, as I suppose all babies […]

Things We’ve Tried This Week #2

The Cookie Edition In my quest for a healthy cookie, I’ve sadly come to the disappointing realization that there probably really is no such thing as a “healthy cookie”. At least, not in the sense that there’s a cookie out there that can claim to be good for you. The words healthy cookie are definitely […]

Catching (Up With) the Gingerbread Man

It started the year I left for college, when I was homesick and missing my family, particularly The Babies: my oldest niece and nephew who were 4 and 5 at the time and my youngest nephew, only 6 months old when I moved away and whom I felt I had barely gotten to know yet. […]

A Thin Line

  Yesterday evening an arbiter sided with the NFL in the case of Adrian Peterson and upheld the decision to ban him from playing for the remainder of the season. I am satisfied with this resolution and with the fact that the NFL seriously addressed this incident. I can only wish that Adrian Peterson also […]

You Can Sue Your Parents?!

I know you can of course, but the thought is mind-boggling to me. Yet that’s exactly what Caitlyn Ricci did. She sued her parents to pay for her college education and she won! And what’s more, she’s not even the first person to try this. (See Rachel Canning link, below). My knee jerk reaction to […]

WOW Summit 2014 Day 2

After a breakfast that included cookies (it is also my vacation after all, but Mrs. Thinsters is still clean eating), the Day 2 session of the WOW Summit began with a cooking demonstration by Aviva Goldfarb of The Six O’Clock Scramble. She shared several healthy, wholesome meals that each took only about 5-10 minutes to prepare, […]

WOW Summit 2014 Day 1

“Motherhood is about progress, not perfection”. And so began the official first day of the WOW Summit 2014. The above statement by analyst Robyn O’Brien and her keynote address from which it came, sums up exactly why I was drawn to this conference in the first place. She spoke with us at length about how […]

Arrival at the WOW Summit 2014

I’ve arrived in sunny Orlando for the Moms Meet Wow Summit 2014. I attended the inaugural conference last year in Philadelphia and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to experience it all again! I unfortunately did not blog about the experience last year so I’m excited this time around to share everything that I’ve […]

And To All A Good Night

We’re moving to our first home in a few days. And let me tell you what I’m MOST excited about. More than becoming first-time homeowners, way beyond being able to decorate and remodel as we see fit, even more so than having a place to call our own and make a stable home for our children […]

A Preschool Crush

My 3-year-old flashes me a mega-watt smile every morning when I wake him up and he still squeals with delight every afternoon when I walk into his class at daycare to pick him. At night he cuddles with me in the recliner clutching his race car cup of milk.  I squeeze him tight and stroke his […]

Mornings at the Crib

My 3 year old still sleeps in his crib. Don’t judge me. It’s mostly a matter of oversight.  Changing his bed just hasn’t ranked high on our priority list of “Fun Things to Do This Summer”. We moved Lila directly to a twin bed at 18 months because we had to. We needed the crib for […]

Why I No Longer Watch “Teen Mom”

Well, other than the fact that I should not have been watching anyway as I am way beyond the intended age bracket. But I initially got hooked during the first season of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant  when I was in the midst of my own first pregnancy (but at the more socially acceptable age of 27). […]

The Great Birthday Gift Debate

I didn’t even know there was one! But I recently attended a workshop with other mothers of young children in which the focus was how to keep their play spaces organized, functional, and conducive to learning. And during the discussion, one mother raised the question of how to handle the onslaught of toys their kids […]

Reader’s Delight

One of Lila’s new favorite things to do when coming home from daycare is run to her latest Sproutkin box and select two new books for me to read to her and Matthew.  And I am only too happy to oblige. Before bedtime we read old favorites from our personal library, but before dinner they […]