favor-“ette”: beach board game

diy beach board game

July 3rd, 2013

For me, one of the most exciting things about Alt NYC was the chance to spend the day at Martha Stewart’s headquarters. I have been a fan for close to 30 years, and have subscribed to her magazine since its inception (1991, in case you were wondering). I’ve used so many of her ideas and […]


goody bags. again.

grow your own grass goody bags

June 24th, 2013

When Noah turned four last November he had his first “friend” party. We held it at our local nature center, and served Sponge Bob cupcakes. And I assembled goody bags for the first time in almost 10 years. I was never a fan of the goody bags – for the most part they were filled […]


favor-“ette”: apple to go

apple to go

June 5th, 2013

Noah will be in a little program for a few weeks before camp starts, and I have to send him with his lunch each day (I know, when did THIS happen??). As his picky eating has been well-documented here, you can imagine how stressful this is for me. But one thing I can pretty much […]


at the corner of parenthood and plans

go mighty, summer stunner, nyc bike

June 4th, 2013

So remember my bike trip around Manhattan? Well, I did it (kind of)! Seems that – as usual – parenthood intervened to teach me that: a) I am most definitely NOT in charge of my plans, and b) a change in plans often works out even better than expected. I’ve posted Part One on Go […]


nyc-etc: it’s about the journey…

roosevelt island tram, new york city

May 27th, 2013

Chelsea’s spring break was coming to an end, and I was in the mood for an adventure – something along the lines of a how-much-can-I-cram-into-one-day excursion. There would be some fun food (of course), a little culture, and something brand new. One of my fondest childhood memories was a day spent in the city with […]


like father, like son (sponsored post)

quaker oats perfect portions

May 17th, 2013

Disclosure: Compensation and product for this post were provided by Quaker, via AOL Media. All opinions expressed here – as always – are completely my own, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Quaker. You know the song “Me and My Shadow”? Well that is exactly the tune that comes to mind […]


family. in 140 characters or less.

chelsea, noah, conor

May 9th, 2013

So my pals at Limetree (who I last wrote about here) invited me to participate in a friendly little contest – it’s a “micropost”, and the theme is “family”. What’s a micropost? It’s a post no longer than 140 characters (sound familiar?). Of course I said yes – I love a challenge, and my family is […]


i can’t/she can: talking with children about cancer

i can't/she can: talking with children about cancer

May 6th, 2013

I know – heavy stuff for a Monday morning. When I decided to launch this new series last month, my goal was – and is – to not only introduce you to great bloggers, authors and “creatives”, but to impart some meaningful information that you would not otherwise find here at D D and D. […]


favor-“ette”: magnetic craft caddy

magnetic craft caddy

April 24th, 2013

Got 10 minutes? Then you can make this adorable (and functional!) craft caddy. Now that Noah is (a little) more into arts and crafts I realized that he’ll be more likely to partake if all of his “tools” are visible and easily accessible. But the neat freak in me doesn’t want a bunch of markers […]


just the three of us

just the three of us

April 8th, 2013

This was written last month from a hotel room in Chicago, where I spent two days with Chelsea and Conor to look at a prospective college. As I was packing for this trip I realized that it would be the first time I’d be traveling with just Chelsea and Conor in twelve years. Twelve years. […]