He Planned a Mystery Trip Full of Surprises – Pt. 2

  My husband did the unthinkable. He actually planned a spontaneous, surprise vacation for the two of us right down to the dinner reservations each evening. He even made sure the kids were taken care of it so I wouldn’t have to stress over it! You can read about the agonizing month of hint dropping,… [Read More]

He Planned a Mystery Trip Full of Surprises – Part One

The day after Thanksgiving my husband left a piece of paper on my bathroom vanity that said: ‘Don’t plan anything after Christmas and before the kids go back to school. I have made plans for you and I around New Years Eve. I will be coordinating everything including childcare, activities, dining, etc.You are not to… [Read More]

The 5 Best New Christmas Songs of 2014

 Not even gonna lie, I’ve been playing my Christmas music since the day after Halloween. I do it every year.(Don’t hate, you guys!) So naturally I’ve already picked my favorite new Christmas songs of 2014. Here are the ones you NEED on your playlist this year. Drum roll….. I’m obsessed with Sam Smith! (Who isn’t?)… [Read More]

He’s My Dad

 Legend has it, his first words to my mom when I was born were, “Well…you got your girl.”  Clearly he had no idea just how awesome it was going to be having me for a daughter.   He has always picked me up when I was down…or when there was too much snow for me… [Read More]

It’s Mother’s Day…So Here’s To The Moms

Here’s to the Moms who feel like they have no clue what they’re doing – every. single. day. Here’s to the Moms who haven’t had a good night’s sleep in years. Here’s to the Moms who love their kids so fiercely they would literally do anything for them. Here’s to the Moms who are always too busy… [Read More]

Christmas 2013 Playlist

There’s no doubt in my mind that the best part of the holiday season is the music! You’ll hear it playing in my kitchen from morning until night. I wanted to put together a playlist to share with my readers. But I wanted it to be a step beyond the traditional songs you’ve heard a… [Read More]

It Must Be Her Father’s DNA

I am admittedly a curmudgeon sometimes…especially when it comes to certain holidays. But NOT when it comes to Christmas. I love practically everything about it. Especially the music. I’m not ashamed to admit that I start playing Christmas music the day after Halloween and  I hang on through most of the month of January. I have an… [Read More]

Boo Humbug!

Reason #592 I feel mother’s guilt: I’m so bad at Halloween. Even as a kid I remember I was never really into it. When it came to costumes, I was highly unoriginal. I dressed up as a witch for like, 5 years in a row. Cliche much?  And also foreshadowing, according to my husband.  Every… [Read More]

She Is My Mom

She is fabulous. She is absolutely hilarious. She strikes up conversations with strangers. When I was younger I was embarrassed by this. But the older I get the more I appreciate it. Now I realize it’s a life skill. I wish I was as good at is as she is. She and I can talk about… [Read More]

I Survived “The Talk” With My Son

Well, the time finally came. I had to have the “S-word” talk  with our 8 year old. No, not the sex talk…The Santa talk. It became painfully obvious to me last year that he didn’t believe anymore. But I thought if we could just make it through the holiday without him blurting it out to his younger… [Read More]