why I’m over the whole screen-time thing…

It’s summer vacation, so along with groans of “I’m so bored” and “We never have any free time” between summer camps, the dreaded question of screen-time has been looming about our house. During the school year, we have a rule in our house during the week around no screen time unless it’s for schoolwork. And […]

learnings from a girls weekend away…

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to spend a night in the mountains with an amazing group of women hosted by our friend, Michelle, to celebrate her birthday. To be honest, it was really hard to get it together to get away. The night before, the kids complained that they didn’t get enough time with […]

the biggest hill…

Last night we took the kids night skiing for the second time in two weeks. It’s a hassle. The chore of wrangling the gloves and helmets, making sure all the gear still fits from season to season, and even at this time of aggressive growth spurts, from week to week is part of the reason […]

fresh start for a new year…

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Happy New Year! Things are changing around here…  It may be my annual dose of super optimism, but I’m feeling like 2013 is going to be a good year. Everyone around here is certainly becoming used to change with new schools, new jobs and a ton of new experiences. One of the things that has […]

so much social goodness…

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Last night was simply amazing. Not only does our country get four more years of Barack Obama, a leader who is truly inspirational, inclusive and representative of who we are as a country, but many states, including Washington, approved marriage equality. It was an incredibly important election for so many reasons. As a woman and […]

my online identity crisis… or why my blog has gone stale

I have been a terrible blogger lately. I’ve ignored all of the advice I give my own clients — how a stale blog is worse than no blog at all or how the worst thing you can do to a blog is neglect it. And sure, there are periods when things slow down a bit, […]

COOL WHIP that never made it to dessert…

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Thank you COOL WHIP for sponsoring this post. Join us on Facebook for inspiration and recipes for everyday treats. What you add makes it. #coolwhipmoms When I said yes to writing a post about COOL WHIP, I had big plans.       I remembered how, as a kid, we’d have COOL WHIP on our […]

how baking might have changed my life…

It’s a well known fact that galas and auctions use cocktails and goodwill to loosen hold of your wallet. This time the benefits truly went both ways. A few months ago, with a green Galatini in hand, I’d enthusiastically signed up for a pastry making and brunch event. If you know me, you’d know it […]

little things aren’t so little anymore. the girl is 9…

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Iwas worried it was going to be a hard birthday for her. While she was thinking about dolls and sewing and pretending to be famous gymnasts with her sister, I was torn between enjoying her flitterings and mourning the fact that I’m not able to say goodbye to my cousin and waiting for updates about […]

The Kindle Fire is not an iPad and I love it for that.

First a disclaimer: I have been hesitant to launch into e-readers in any way since their inception. E-readers remove that intoxicating smell of ink from the reading experience, as well as the ability to dog-ear the corners in a way that makes you feel like a fourth grade rebel. You can’t rip off the half […]

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