Delivering at a Baby-Friendly Hospital

I read an interesting article in Slate this week about baby-friendly hospitals and now that I’ve delivered at both a “non” baby-friendly hospital and a hospital trying to get certified as baby-friendly, I will say it was two very different experiences....more

Giving Things Up

Inspired by my friend Shawna over at The Bluest Muse, I’m giving up coffee for Lent. No, I’m not Catholic, but I find it an admirable practice to attempt to give up something that you love or crave. Today is day 3 of no coffee and while I’m drinking English Breakfast tea, so it sort of feels like I’m cheating, I am managing surprisingly well....more

Can You Unplug for 24 Hours?

I recently read about The National Day of Unplugging, coming up on March 7-8, from sundown to sundown. The basic premise is to not use a digital device, especially your smart phone, during these 24 hours. I’m going to try it. And I fully expect to fail....more

I'm Still on Facebook, But I'm Using it Differently

It’s in the news and on blogs and on Twitter: the demise of Facebook, at least in the coveted teen demographic. Guess what? I’m still on Facebook (and clearly not in the teen demographic), and I’m not leaving. But I am using Facebook differently than I did in the beginning. ...more
I've recently done this, as well! I dumped over half my "friends" and feel more free to talk ...more

5 Ways to Stay Productive While Working From Home

I am very fortunate to have a job that allows me to work from home periodically. It can be easy to fall into the “I’m home!” traps, like constantly taking breaks to do housework (or maybe that’s just me?) if I don’t put blinders on and focus.But I’ve found a few tricks that make the day just as productive as if I was in the office. ...more

One Week as a One Car Family

We were forced into the experiment by necessity as our second car is in the shop, taking much longer to be put back together than we originally thought. We had a rental car for a week, but it was going to be ridiculously expensive to continue renting it longer....more

Saying Goodbye to Blue

Blue.He’s a constant companion and favorite of Future President. He goes to bed with him, is with him when he wakes, and an emergency manhunt ensues when Blue goes missing.At one point there were five, but slowly they were lost or just got too old. And now there are just three: one at home and two with grandmas.We are saying goodbye to the remaining Blues in a few weeks. Future President will be three and it’s high time for him to say goodbye....more

Crust or No Crust? The Parenting Dilemma

My husband and I have an ongoing debate about crust. It comes up almost daily since our son loves bread: toast, PB&J, bread and cheese…you name it, if it’s bread, he loves it. What he doesn’t love is crust. ...more

Brazilian Comfort Food

I’m very lucky to have a best friend who is Brazilian. She is the life of the party and a fantastic cook. I’m lucky that she lets me poach recipes from her. My favorite Brazilian recipes are hearts of palm filling in puff pastry (there’s a Brazilian name for it, but I always just call it the “hearts of palm filling”) and a cake with sweetened condensed milk and chocolate icing. Seriously, the icing will slay your tastebuds and you’ll never be able to eat regular frosting again....more

The Problem with Sale Shopping

Christmas is about giving and celebration. But at some point it turned into bags upon bags of gifts that needed to be wrapped. I can’t help myself. I love shopping and I love a good sale but at some point it has to stop. My husband and son do not need more presents. Neither does my sister or brother. Or SIL.But when I walk into T.J. Maxx or HomeGoods or really, anywhere, I’m on the hunt. I shop for presents all year long. But I don’t stop. My son does not need more Thomas trains or Cars cars. But if they’re on sale, I buy them....more