parenting

i wish you knew

i wish you knew

April 15th, 2015

Late last year someone shared this post on Facebook. And it was like someone punched me in the throat each time I read (and re-read) it. See, this year I am the parent of “that kid”. Who has teachers who are as loving and compassionate as the writer of the piece clearly is too. And […]

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favor-“ette”: “kindness wins” book review

kindness wins

April 7th, 2015

My “big” kids are now 23 and 18, and theirs was one of the first generations of tweens/teens to come of age in the era of widely accessible social media (when it was “My Space” – not even Facebook yet – and thank god before things like Burnbook and Yik Yak). Because we as parents […]

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homemade flubber!

homemade flubber!

March 12th, 2015

Flubber! How have I not told you about Flubber? I discovered it a few years ago when Noah and I went to the Children’s Museum of the Arts. When we attended the DUMBO Arts Festival the following year, CMA  took over a whole section for kids’ art projects – including Flubber AND instructions! I snapped […]

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favor-“ette”: a valentine card placemat

favor-"ette": a valentine card placemat

February 13th, 2015

So if you have young kids you are probably going to be greeted later today with a backpack full of Valentine’s Day cards from “the class”. When Chelsea and Conor were young, this deluge posed a conundrum each year. The kids hated to part with the cards – and I hated the clutter. So this […]

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mason jar mix #2: hot cocoa!

mason jar mix #2: hot cocoa!

February 9th, 2015

As soon as I saw these adorable jars I knew they’d be the perfect little gifts for Noah to hand out for Valentine’s Day: I’ve never made my own hot cocoa mix and have no idea why – it is DELICIOUS and whipped up in 5 minutes in the food processor. Noah helped by putting […]

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mason jar mix #1: chocolate chip cookies!

mason jar mix #1: chocolate chip cookies!

February 5th, 2015

As you know, I am NOT a fan of the birthday party goody bag (you can read my mini-rant in this post). And since Noah’s birthday falls out during the winter, I try to come up with favors that offer a temporary cure for that dreaded cabin fever. This year I decided to do a […]

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happy new year – let’s eat!

happy new year - let's eat!

January 6th, 2015

Happy New Year all! Hope your holidays were fabulous, spent doing things you love with those you love most. We had a busy and fun break #sixteendaysofnoschool. There were LOTS of movies – both the child and grown-up variety. Highlights for me were “Song of the Sea” (gorgeous animation and a refreshing break from the […]

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fated to pretend

fated to pretend

December 31st, 2014

I’m feeling rough, I’m feeling raw, I’m in the prime of my life. – Time to Pretend, MGMT There are years. And then there are YEARS. 2014? It was a YEAR. I often wonder about the culmination of events that take place over the course of a year – how it’s not really the events themselves […]

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double take/portraits over time (giveaway!)

double take/portraits over time (giveaway!)

December 16th, 2014

It is such a privilege to share this book with you all today. Several years ago I became fascinated with the documentary series “Up” – which followed the lives of a group of British 7-year-olds. The director, Michael Apted, visited the children every seven years, until the age of 56 (you can read more about […]

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local flavor: dreamworks’ “north pole adventure” at ridge hill!

ridge hill dreamworks north pole adventure

November 14th, 2014

Noah and I had a blast last week previewing DreamWork’s “Dream Place North Pole Adventure”, smack in the center of Ridge Hill. One of only eight in the country (and the only one in the New York Metro area), DreamPlace is a 2,000 square foot holiday cottage, decked out to the max. You are greeted by […]

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