Fadra’s 3rd Annual Highly Unusual Gift Guide

2014 Gift Guide

Are you ready for some Christmas? Or Hanukkah? Or whatever reason you have to rush out and buy something to show someone how much they mean to you? Then I’ve got just the right thing for you. I don’t know why but this year I’m actually ready for Christmas. I mean, I’m not physically ready […]

Second Grade

Second grade

Kindergarten is tearful goodbyes and seemingly long bus rides. It’s show & tell and counting songs and tadpoles in the classroom. It’s rule learning and friend making. It’s growing potatoes and snap peas and releasing the frogs. It’s graduation and tight mommy hugs and just a little bit of growing up. First grade is confidence […]

Hosting A Casual Get-together in 3 Easy Steps

3 Easy Steps to hosting a casual get-together

Big holiday parties are easy to plan. In fact, planning is always the easiest part. We often host Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve dinner. And next month I’m hosting our book club/holiday party in the the neighborhood. I can plan with the best of them. Plan the food: Sometimes heavy, sometimes light. Perhaps one item in […]

What to Do When Your Kid Asks for a Sip

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I make a lot of parenting decisions based on instinct and not necessarily from parenting books, parenting experts, or even friends and family. Every child is unique. Every family is unique. And every family situation is unique, especially as it relates to alcohol. In my household growing up, you couldn’t find any alcohol in the house, not […]

How to Stay Unstoppable During the Holidays

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It was the best of time, it was the worst of times… If you’re a total fan of Charles Dickens, you’ll know that those are the immortal words of opening narration of “A Tale of Two Cities.” Or, if you’re like me and you can’t stand anything written by Charles Dickens (except for “A Christmas Carol”), you […]

Scary Netflix Movies for Everyone

Scary Netflix Movies

Today is Halloween. Tomorrow is the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos). And on top of all that, it’s also time for Daylight Savings to come to an end (fall back – yay!) So I encourage you to sit back, crack open that bag of your kids’ Halloween candy and stay up late getting the Dickens […]

KidsLink: An App to Organize Your Entire Family (even pets!)

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A few ago, my son fell off the wagon. Well, he fell off a wagon. Not the wagon but that wasn’t the most interesting part of the story. He fell off a wagon and complained in his overly dramatic way that his arm hurt. He was screaming, crying, and begging to be put out of his misery (I told you […]

Everything You Need to Know About Beaches Turks & Caicos

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If you read anything about my recent trip to Beaches Turks & Caicos, you’re probably in one of two camps. The first one is I didn’t go so can you please shut the hell up about it already camp. I get it. I did THREE posts on my trip last week where I showed you my best […]

Life Is Most Certainly Better With Pets

Better With Pets Summit

If you could talk to your pet in a way that you knew they would understand, what you would say? I’m might say something like, Hey Layla, could you please stop chewing everything in the house? But I’d also say something like, Hey Beamer, I never thought I’d love another cat the way I loved […]

My husband really can cook (and other ways I’m teaching my son about fire prevention)

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In my role as a working mother, I wear many hats. (And notice I didn’t say work outside the home, work at home, stay at home or any other qualifier). But since I left the corporate world five years ago, happily watching the dust fly as I took off down the road, I knew the freelance life […]

Chocolate-Covered Wishes for Cough and Cold Season

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Do you often find yourself sounding like the parent who talks about olden times? I once told a kid at the bus stop (not mine – he doesn’t believe these stories anymore) that I had to walk to school in the snow uphill both ways. Wait a minute, he said. That’s not possible! Oh yes, these […]