"You Are Special Today" Tradition

 Every March, we celebrate what we've coined the "birthday trifecta." This is the day when we gather both sides of our family to fête Stella, Veronica, and Stephen's birthdays.Their b-days are clustered at the end of February and early March, thus the logic behind the three-fer family party - usually in Wisconsin (our home state). ...more

Ears Pierced and She's All Grown Up

 "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."- Eleanor Roosevelt  Veronica slips into our room as the sun peeks over the horizon and her room starts to lighten.This is her morning routine.She does this every day....more

Five Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids and Families

  “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”ies― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass What a lovely quote that touches on the peace drifting in with a fresh snowfall.In Chicago, that quilt lasts but a moment....more

Stop Worry in Its Tracks with Three Circles

 "When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves."- Viktor Frankl  Turn on the news and bam! This, this, and that. If you spend too much time dwelling THAT starts to feel like a big, bad scary world out there....more

The Gift of Girlfriends in New Motherhood

 "The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new."- Rajneesh Veronica, my oldest, turns eight this March....more

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

 "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."- Maya Angelou ...more

The Secret to Raising Smart Kids

 “Whatever you are, be a good one.”-Abraham Lincoln ...more

Greece Travel Journal

  "A world I thought would both make me into the woman I know I could become and turn me back into the girl I’d once been."- Cheryl Strayed in Wild The Wednesday leading up to MLK weekend, I hopped a plane to Athens, Greece....more
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5 Tips To Make Your Cleanup Campaign Fun And Easy

"It's time to pick up everything and put it away. Clean up the room and put it away. It's time to pick up everything and put it away. 'Cause that's the only way to end a perfect day." Do you remember that Bert and Ernie song? Are you singing along? ...more

New Year's Wish: Slow Down and Hug It Out

"A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."-English proverb Happy New Year!We tore off the last page of 2014 and we're onto the next year....more