Creating an Inviting and Memorable Thanksgiving Table

Creating an Inviting and Memorable  Thanksgiving Table

The passing of the years has sharpened my aesthetic eye, but it also has increased the amount of "stuff" I own for tablescaping. Over this past year I have been trying to streamline and clean out … that includes the discipline of not buying more stuff.

10 Items to Freshen up your look for Fall!

10 Items to Freshen up your look for Fall!

It finally feels like Fall is here after a very hot and sticky early Fall. Now that the cooler temps are kicking in you may be starting to pull out some of your past Fall looks, some of them inevitably eliciting a groan. I know I do: I think, “well, they look so cute on [...]

Mom escape with 8 simple tips, your family will beg you to go away.

Mom escape with 8 simple tips, your family will beg you to go away.

Honestly, moms, it is so hard to get away but so valuable to your mental health and gives you time to reflect on all the many blessings you have in the everydayness of your family.

How do I get my children to eat? Burger Bootcamp

How do I get my children to eat? Burger Bootcamp

There is a part of me that thinks: pick your battles and don't worry about it, they won't hate common foods forever. But then I glance over at my husband and my resolve is cemented once again. He was even more stubborn than I was and he remembers his parents only standing their ground on a few things (one of which was grilled chicken and he still eats it today). On the other foods however (the list is too long to cover), they just let him not eat those things and to this day he has not gained a taste for them. Now he is the drill sergeant for burger boot camp and other foods, hopefully we will not continue the great tradition of family pickiness.

How to get fit in your Forties?

How to get fit in your Forties?

After a summer of great ice-cream (I still ate dairy) in New Hampshire and lots of food, I decided it was time to start working out. I knew all the paleo people talked about CrossFit, so that is what I would try and much to my surprise that first day, my husband was right by my side even though he had not exercised in even more years than I had.  That first day was rough: everything was foreign to me. The warm up was jumping rope. Umm, I think I can remember when I jumped rope in elementary school, but we were not doing a leisurely double dutch.

September 11, 2001 Life, Forever Changed

September 11, 2001  Life, Forever Changed

My commute was progressing as usual: at each stop more commuters sardined themselves into the subway car on the 1/9 line headed downtown. At 51st street, just 10 blocks from my work and 1 subway stop away, a woman entered the train in an absolute panic. A few of the jaded commuters glanced up at her. Frustrated, she started screaming loudly,

Back to school, time to give up the Mompetition

Back to school, time to give up the Mompetition

If only I could go back and talk to the younger, much more stressed out me. I would remind that Pinterest-informed mamma of what she preached but fell short of practicing: those are all things that really don't matter. If anything, they’re more counterproductive than helpful: trying to have everything perfect stresses you out, and (even worse) can be a stumbling block for other moms, fueling feelings of inadequacy and intimidation.