Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Overcoming Post-Vacation Anxiety

SOC Sunday 2015

For probably the 4th year in a row, we were able to plan a weeklong escape to Florida right when winter seemed to have us in its clutches. I know I’ll be going back to it but I feel ready to face the inevitable end of winter. I cam practically hear the robins singing and see […]

4 Valentine’s Day Activities for Non-Crafty Parents

Happy Valentine's Surprise

By the time you read this, I’ll be getting ready for a live television appearance the morning show on Fox45, a local station in the Baltimore area. Or I will have already made the appearance and hopefully conveyed successfully that I am NOT a crafty parent but if the crafts and instructions are easy enough, I […]

How Obstetricians Can Be Jerks

In the hospital

When I first moved to Raleigh, I needed to find a good doctor. Not a specialist or anything but just someone that would take the time to listen to me. I can’t remember how I found him but I made my first appointment with Dr. Karam and was a little apprehensive on my first visit. […]

How to Have the Best and Worst Kids’ New Year’s Eve

NYE noisemakers

The year was 1978 (or so, but that sounds about right). My parents were headed out to a party on New Year’s Eve. It was one of the very few times I remember my parents going out together as adults. My dad was dressed in a suit, probably his three-piece gray, pin-striped suit with wide lapels. And […]

The Best In-Between-Holiday Meals

spaghetti and Johnsonville meatballs

I made a delicious and easy dinner using Johnsonville® Meatballs as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #MeatballMasters There reaches a point sometime between November and January where you’re just done with the cooking. The novelty of baking has worn off. The excitement of a large family dinner is now sitting in the kitchen […]

Philadelphia: The City of Holiday Love

Philly menorah

When I booked a weekend getaway for the family, I mainly wanted a change of scenery, access to some fun holiday activities, and a short drive from home. I got all of that when I took advantage of a Kimpton special and planned two nights at the Hotel Monaco. While food was a big part […]

Remember the Furry Ones at Christmas

Layla loves Christmas

It’s less than a week until Christmas. I hope you’re finished your shopping for everyone. Little girls and little boys, husbands and wives. Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Sue. And the fur babies. You did remember the fur babies, right? Contrary to popular belief, pets DO love Christmas. Cats and dogs love the shiny, dangly things from […]

Find Your Tidings of Comfort and Joy

How to handle stress during the holidays

The holidays really are the most wonderful time of the year. With all the wonderful smells of cookies baking and ham roasting, families gathering round the Christmas tree, and enjoying evenings with hot chocolate watching our favorite Christmas movies, what’s not to love? Apparently, a lot. Over the past few months, I’ve been asking many […]

Holiday Traditions Matter because…

Vintage elf

Everyone has holiday traditions whether they realize it or not. We tend to be creatures of habit but more than anything, I think we tend to be creatures of nostalgia. When I was growing up, the holidays were my absolute favorite time of the year. It was one of the few times we had family […]

3 Easy Ways to Stay Unstoppable as a Mom

Motherhood is hard

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I didn’t actually join the ranks of motherhood with that mantra in […]

A Story of Friendship

Emma on the pillow

I think the biggest naysayers when it comes to pets believe that we merely project our human emotions and sentiments onto our pets. But the biggest advocates for the unconditional love we get from our pets know better. In watching the relationships between my dogs over the past few years, I’ve come to understand a […]