Keeping Kids Connected with Long-Distance Friends

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc., and its advertiser. All opinions are mine and mine alone. #CloudPetsForever #CollectiveBias Brightly framed photos litter the nightstand, dresser and bookshelves in Miss M’s bedroom, special memories of the sweet friends she’s left behind as life has moved us “across the pond” and back, and then [Read On]

The Gallery: Morning

I had to capture my happy, smiling daughter as she got ready for school one morning this past week. In all honesty, Pea is NOT a morning person, at least, not on any days where we have to wake her up. (If she wakes up on her own, she is cheerful as the birds.) This [Read On]


So, in my last post, I took a look back at my very first blog post from May 2008 – which left me browsing through a few other early posts…. ….and came across one where Boo, then 4, was having constant meltdowns and we were having some major power struggles. Huh. And then another one, [Read On]

First Day of School

The summer holiday passed so quickly, helped along by three weeks travel back to the US, but nonetheless, Boo and Pea were ready to head back to school and see their friends. I think we were all also in need of getting back on a regular schedule. (My lovelies need structure, which is seriously lacking [Read On]

oh, the pain….

I never learn. Ever. I love my kids, I really do. But take them through the double doors of ANY store wherein they will not be given toys, and they turn into creatures from the underworld. Or something. Pea is stuffed in the shopping cart seat (like me, she has delusions about how small she [Read On]

The Joy of Motherhood

The best part about being a mom, to me, is getting to relive my childhood again. No, not through my children – that is what the mom’s on TLC’s show “Toddlers and Tiaras” – but with them. Hanging out with them on the playground. Dancing in the living room. (Boo particularly likes Billy Idol’s “Dancing [Read On]

What MY kids do on a warm, sunny day.

Wahoo! The sun is shining! Its actually warm outside! “Hey kiddos, let’s go outside to play!” I say. “Ok, Mommy – let’s go!” they respond cheerfully. In our garage, we have a plethora of toys: bikes, trikes, stomp rockets, sidewalk chalk, basketballs, soccer balls, Cozy Coupes – you name it. What does my son play [Read On]


There is no “ready or not, here I come” in my house, when the kiddos play hide-and-seek in the basement. No, for some reason, they count to – well, whatever the chosen number is for that day, and then yell “goo goo blah blah”. (Sounds like something from Seinfeld, actually.) Don’t ask, I don’t have [Read On]

Freedom Festival Fun

In honor of my adopted Marine, Orlando, last weekend I completed Barrington’s 1st annual 9.11K run/walk with the help of Sam and Maddie (they provided the whining so I could save my breath). Yes, I pushed my 47 pounder and my 28 pounder in my 45 pound jogging stroller. No, I did not run the [Read On]

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