Archive for September, 2012

Saving Second Base

Friday, September 28th, 2012 by by

Saturday morning, I arrived at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer starting area in Santa Barbara at 5:20am. As I waited in line for coffee, I heard someone mention, “You can always tell the new people, they always get here way too early.” I was only there for an hour and a half before we started walking. This left me plenty of time to caffeinate. (The only part of the experience I’d been training for.)

Starting the walk, it was amazing to see just how many people, mostly women, were there to walk. There were feelings of purpose and determination in the crowd… and a lot of pink.

By mile nine, I was in need of more coffee. Luckily, the course took us right through a Starbucks. Maybe that was my own detour, but (more…)


Easy Ghost Craft

Thursday, September 27th, 2012 by by

The Younger is fighting a nasty head cold, so last night we decided to say “no” to baseball and stay home. The kids are getting excited for Halloween, so I figured there would be no harm in starting our annual footprint ghosts a bit early.

These are easy to do (this is my second time doing this, and the kids were really excited). All this project takes is white paper, a pen, a black marker, and some scissors.

First, have the kiddo put their foot on a piece of white paper (I used copy paper, but I think I’ll try thicker paper next time), and trace the foot. Try to keep their toes together, if you can.

This is not a good example of proper foot placement, but The Older was adamant that this picture be included.


The 10 Most Influential Kid Bloggers Out There

Thursday, September 27th, 2012 by by

I thought I would take a break from my usual sharing of budget friendly kids crafts, to highlight who I feel are are the 10 most influential kid bloggers out there today. Before I get to my list, I thought I should define what an influential kid blogger is, and why you should be reading them.

What: An influential kid blogger is, firstly, a blogger who writes about kid related topics and issues. They provide new and exciting ideas for activities, crafts and play. They offer parenting advice and inspire readers to take action. They have a large following they have acquired over the years (both their blogs and social media sites) and a devoted readership who comment and interact frequently on their posts.

Why you should be reading them: Simply put, ideas and inspiration. I feel like I have become a more engaged, intentional mom thanks in large part to these women here and those who write the numerous kid blogs I read each day. Also, these ladies are real. They are moms. And they get it.

There are tons of great kid bloggers out there. I like to think that I do okay. But when I looked at the above criteria, these 10 bloggers jumped into my head. Not every kid blogger aspires to be an influential blogger, but it’s hard not to be inspired or impressed by what these ladies have done.

So without further ado, here is my list, in alphabetical order, just to be fair: (more…)

Tuesday: How to Have Perma-Fresh Breath

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 by by

We’ve all had it. And we ALL hate it. Bad breath. Halitosis. Morning breath. Coffee breath. Old man breath. There are endless names for it and they are ALL awful. The main causes for bad breath are



*recently eaten food

So, for ALL of us, here are 5 tips for perma-fresh breath.

1. Hydrate. Like Crazy. You should be drinking water all day long. If your body ever lacks water, one of the first places it is manifests it is in your mouth by lowering the amount of saliva in your mouth. More saliva means less bad breath. Avoid this and drink water all day long.

2. Munch on Veggies. More saliva=less bad breath. Stimulate saliva production by (more…)



Monday, September 24th, 2012 by by

Eleven years ago I was pregnant with Eliza when the Twin Towers went down.  As I watched that terrible day unfold, I remember feeling an overwhelming sense of panic over bringing another child into a world that could be so brutal.

Obviously I’ve had two more children since then, because although sometimes life can seem heartbreakingly awful, life really is pretty beautiful.

And you know what’s even better?

I get caught in the trap of trying to force things to be great, and in doing so I sometimes miss those everyday moments that are ordinarily awesome.

Today we had another tear-filled drop-off at preschool, but thankfully Larissa is in such loving hands…the director chased after me and Kellan in the parking lot to reassure me that she had already stopped sobbing.  Just a little gesture but it made my heart feel a bit less heavy.

Kellan and I only had an hour to occupy ourselves until it was time to pick Larissa back up, so we went to (more…)

Resolutions: 5773 Edition

Monday, September 24th, 2012 by by

It’s Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. As a Jew-adjacent, I am spending part of my day in reflection and have come up with a few things I would like to do differently going forward in 5773…

I will no longer shriek, “Tea towel! Tea towel!” at Mr. Rosenberg when he mops up spilled coffee with the decorative towels that live on the oven door. He’s right: towels should earn their rent doing towel things, not just hanging out looking cute.

I will read books of my choosing and at my leisure, and not merely pull an all-nighter the twenty-four hours before my book club meets.

I will not walk through our house without wearing shoes or hard-soled slippers with which to repel Legos. Getting from one side of Bob’s bedroom to the other is akin to crossing a bed of hot coals without the spiritual experience that Tony Robbins promises. Dearforms are my co-pilot.

I will wash the station wagon before Bob’s friend Dustin feels the need to announce how filthy it is to the rest of the kindergarten class at
circle time.

I will close my computer when I am not using it in order to keep the cat from standing on my keyboard. Facebook has seen my last, “aklurdghfioauertow83kJSJDFJJSHJ99999999999999,” status update. You’re welcome.

L ‘Shana Tovah Everybody!

Just Don’t Ask…

Monday, September 24th, 2012 by by

There are rules about what you can and cannot ask women. Well, technically you can ask a woman anything. Just keep in mind that what you ask and how you ask it is telling of your upbringing and your level of couthe.

Back in the day the basic no-no’s were you never asked a woman’s age or her weight. Today those no-no’s still exist, but it has expanded to topics like: Is her hair is really hers? (btw we’re talking the hair on her head or eyelashes) Does she get botox? Are her boobs real? Is that an Adam’s Apple? You guys feel me. You can assume the hell out of someone, but it is TACKY TACKY TACKY to actually vocalize it.

Now, especially considering my current state of being I think it goes without saying that you NEVER E.V.E.R. ask a woman (more…)


A New Addition…….

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 by by

NO! Not a baby! AHHHH! We have a new kitten! Well, Lex has a new kitten. She’s  his “baby girl, love bug, Flufferton”. Yes, he named her Fluffy. Of course!! Can you tell he’s smitten? The boy is so in love with this cat that she’s the first thing he runs to when he gets home from school. And she’s just great!! Such a good kitten, too. She’s sweet, cuddly and isn’t afraid of the kids. Just perfect…….


Spirit Day

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 by by

Today was Spirit Day at school.
The kids looked adorable!
We got tons of compliments on the dresses.
Best part is they are comfortable, like wearing a big shirt.
And I had an excuse to use the chalkboard again.


Peanut’s Favorite Books

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 by by

Peanut (26 months) is an avid reader. She reads all throughout the day, and we have an impressive children’s library to help sustain her appetite for books. Yet she still chooses the same books over and over and over and over again. And just when you think she has had enough of the book, she asks for it again! Here are some of her favorite books at the moment:

The Little Red Caboose - This was Daddy’s C’s book when he was a boy, so it’s a special book handed down to Peanut. She LOVES this book. The reading is repetitive, but the illustrations are so involved, it’s no wonder she likes looking at all the pages. I think I have this one memorized!

Little Red’s Autumn Adventure – I bought this book at Ollie’s last year to go along with our leaf theme week awhile back. I wasn’t expecting too much fuss over it, but it has become an all-time favorite read for her. The writing is clever and the illustrations are captivating.

Pajama Time – This i s a great bedtime book with a catchy rhyme-song. Daddy C and I both read it differently (more…)