Category Archives: parenting

All For Schools: a Convenient New School Fundraising Option

All For Schools: a Convenient New School Fundraising Option

ShareTweet How does your school handle their fundraising? Do you have a school auction or do smaller campaigns all year round? Having been pressured one too many times to bid on something I didn’t really want, I prefer the fundraising opportunities that are woven in my life, the private ones that no one has toContinue Reading

Our Lactose Intolerance Story and Helpful Videos from the National Dairy Council

Our Lactose Intolerance Story and Helpful Videos from the National Dairy Council

ShareTweet When Sophie turned one, she abruptly stopped breastfeeding. On her actual birthday, she suddenly went from breastfeeding five times a day to only wanting bottles. My strong willed fourth child was going to dictate her weaning schedule, on her terms. As it was time to transition her away from formula, I gave her wholeContinue Reading

Escape from Winter Hell

Escape from Winter Hell

ShareTweet The world is brushed with shades of gray, dirty snow, hidden ice, and smears of crusted salt. Frost is not only on the outside of the car, but also inside. Scraped, it falls on the dashboard, another dusting of frozen snow. Half-asleep, hunched and cramped uncomfortably from the pervasive chill in the air, IContinue Reading

Family Friendly Tech: Lenovo Flex Series All In One Desktops

Family Friendly Tech: Lenovo Flex Series All In One Desktops

ShareTweet Do you have a family computer? Or does everyone in your house have their own tech device? Although there are many tablets floating around in our house, we also have a family computer that lives in the heart of our kitchen clutter, on hand for homework, YouTube fun, and even toddler explorations. When BellaContinue Reading

Soar: Taking Flight in 2014

Soar: Taking Flight in 2014

ShareTweet My new year’s thoughts got swept up in the clear blue waters of Cancun and the travel halting polar vortex. Marooned in Mexico, I had a few extra days to ponder life and attitude changes for 2014. Over and over again, the word SOAR came to mind, to encapsulate my aspiration for the yearContinue Reading

Bah Humbug! Falling Off the Holiday Hamster Wheel

Bah Humbug! Falling Off the Holiday Hamster Wheel

ShareTweet How does one get off this holiday hamster wheel? Today I emailed my son’s entire class, making a desperate plea for last minute class gift donations. My email hadn’t been out a few minutes before I started getting confused replies, telling me another mom had been taking collection since Saturday. Had I missed theContinue Reading

Reflecting on a Thanksgiving Blur of Family, Food and Sights

Reflecting on a Thanksgiving Blur of Family, Food and Sights

ShareTweet Thanksgiving can be a busy time for food bloggers, but this year, I put myself on the bench, in social media blackout. The recipes I’d planned on sharing remained un-photographed. You’ll get them in the next week, and hopefully can use them this Christmas. Since moving to the Midwest, Thanksgiving has become more thanContinue Reading

Bringing Great Books to Life with Family Movie Night

Bringing Great Books to Life with Family Movie Night

ShareTweet Friday night family movie night is one of my favorite rituals. After a week of running around, settling deep into the couch with whole crew sprawled around me in front of the big screen is pure bliss. All too often unfortunately, our family QT dissolves into fighting when choosing a movie. Between Netflix, cableContinue Reading

Girl Power in the Stables

Girl Power in the Stables

ShareTweet For years, I’ve wanted my children to have horses in their lives. Until this month, with the exception of a few summer trail rides, regular horseback riding lessons remained a unpractical and unfeasible horsey mother’s dream. The nearest riding stables were a 30 minute drive away and our schedule was just too packed. ButContinue Reading

Creamy Bacon Tomato Soup: A Love Letter to Myself

Creamy Bacon Tomato Soup: A Love Letter to Myself

ShareTweet My cooking is done in large batches nowadays. It’s not uncommon to find two chickens roasting in my oven and double pans of duck fat potatoes crisping on the stovetop, while the slow cooker labors alone in the background, filled to the rim with creamy bolognese sauce for the next night’s dinner. I sometimesContinue Reading

Winners, Losers, and Humility with Stitch Fix: the Busy Woman’s Fashion Solution

Winners, Losers, and Humility with Stitch Fix: the Busy Woman’s Fashion Solution

ShareTweet Fashion and I are not intimate friends. In high school, the LL Bean catalog was my height of fashion and things have not improved much since. I try to stay on top of the latest trends and buy wardrobe pieces to build outfits around, but shopping too often falls low on my to doContinue Reading

Dream Killer Mom

Dream Killer Mom

ShareTweet “Mom, you know what you should be for Halloween? A dream killer. Cause that’s what you are.” Lovely. That little gem was tossed at me not by my dramatic tween, but by my normally even-keeled 9-year old boy. He had some cause. I’d just broken the news to him that I had chosen aContinue Reading

Valuable Children’s Photography Tips from Me Ra Koh

Valuable Children’s Photography Tips from Me Ra Koh

ShareTweet Photography workshops with Me Ra Koh were the highlights of my time at Click Retreat. When Sophie was born, my sister gave me a copy of Me Ra’s Your Baby in Pictures. Her photo recipes, neatly broken down month by month, gave me the clarity to capture my last child’s infancy. Each month SophieContinue Reading

Seeing the Lushness of Gray at Click Retreat

Seeing the Lushness of Gray at Click Retreat

ShareTweet Somewhat spontaneously, I flew off to Click Retreat in the Outer Banks last week. Three days in a newly built luxury ocean front home with my sister and our friend Grace, working on our photography together. No kids. No spouses. Just a bunch of passionate women and the talented photographer Me Rah Koh. MyContinue Reading

Canceling Dinner: My Latest Form of Discipline

Canceling Dinner: My Latest Form of Discipline

ShareTweet Tempers were lost last night. Sent all the kids up to their rooms and told them dinner was cancelled for the evening. “Get your pajamas on and get into bed,” I shouted, “we’re done for the night. Only the baby eats tonight.” It was 7PM. The last straw was an instance of belly buttoningContinue Reading

9/11 Memories at Breakfast

9/11 Memories at Breakfast

ShareTweet When do you let the horrors of the world crash into the rhythms of childhood? When are kids ready to hear that there really are bad guys out there? Rather than have them hear about it on the playground, I revealed 9/11 to the kids a few years ago, after a particularly difficult airportContinue Reading

Back to School Sobs and Chicken Croquettes

Back to School Sobs and Chicken Croquettes

ShareTweet Most people would describe me as a pretty relaxed mom, many would even say overly relaxed, but today on the first day of school, I was the hot sobbing mess clinging to my first grader on the first day of school. That mom: the one who made her already nervous daughter cry. “Why areContinue Reading

Raising a Bilingual Child in Chicago with Language Stars

Raising a Bilingual Child in Chicago with Language Stars

ShareTweet One of my greatest failings as a mother is not raising bilingual children. I’ve tried, believe me, I’ve tried hard. Bella only spoke French until she was three. Her first words were French, we joined French playgroups, read French books, and watched French movies. When she was joined by Jack and later Juju, IContinue Reading

Staring Down the Dreaded 40 Straight in the Eye

Staring Down the Dreaded 40 Straight in the Eye

ShareTweet I have less than a week left in my thirties. The big 4-0 is staring me down, but I have no palpitations in the homestretch to this big milestone. For the first time in a long time, possibly ever, I am at peace with where I am in life. Content. Joyfully nesting with myContinue Reading

Post Sleepaway Camp Homecoming Feast

Post Sleepaway Camp Homecoming Feast

ShareTweet On Saturday, we drove five hours to pick Jack up from camp near Grand Rapids, MI. Our house had been freakishly quiet for the week that he was gone, and even Baby Sophie seemed to miss her noisy big brother. I was counting the minutes until his return home. I teared up like aContinue Reading

Chicago Cooking Classes and Writing Conferences: Making Room for Mom in Summer Mayhem

Chicago Cooking Classes and Writing Conferences: Making Room for Mom in Summer Mayhem

ShareTweet Summer vacation finally started yesterday in our house. Talk shifted to tennis whites, pool towels, and sunscreen instead of homework due dates and tests. There’s plenty of time for freedom and playing in the grass, but I’ve learned in summers past that too much free time leads to overwhelming choruses of boredom and fighting.Continue Reading