What do I know about Shabbat? Well, I taught at a Jewish pre-school for a year, so let me indulge you with my deep comprehension
as understood by three year olds.
Every Friday, we would
- bake challah
- light candles
- sing songs with the rabbi
Fast forward 10 years, and I'm a mother of two. Our Friday tradition is continuously evolving. As it stands now, we:
- cook a home made pizza; eat a special dessert
- light our tea lights
- do dance party
- I wear "fancy pants" (patterned leggings that are requested by my three year old on a weekly basis)
My kid turned three years old this week. All of the gifts I bought him, with one exception, were purchased at garage sales.
Yeah, I know new stuff is nice and shiny. Yeah, my kid is only three. Yeah, sometimes, garage sale items don't last. But neither do all store bought gifts.
If you're looking to be budget friendly, gently-used is the way to go. If you're striving to be more "green," second hand is just that: it's recycling. Plus, think of all the packaging you avoid!
Check out the gallery below. You'll see why #2 and #10 earned me "Mom of the Year" in the category of gift giving
and "Wife of the Year" in the category of budget savvy. Grand total cost = $49.
And remember what sayeth the wise Macklemore: "One man's trash, that's another man's come up."
One morning, after visiting our friends, Maribeth and Steve, Junior and I were having breakfast. Very matter-of-factly, he looked up from his oatmeal and declared,
"I'm going to marry Daddy."
I replied. "And if you marry Daddy, then who will Mommy marry?"
"You can marry Maribeth."
"Hmm...okay. Then who will Steve marry?"
"He's gonna marry Winston."
(their male dog)
"And what about Sophie?"
(our female dog)
"She can marry Daisy!"
As in, Daisy Duck. Obviously.
While I do believe that bestiality is crossing the line, and it's clear that my kid is not into threesomes, his point is this:
"Everyone needs a honey."
A gun's purpose is to harm. Period.
Shields were invented to protect. Fortresses were constructed to protect. Bullet-proof vests and glass are manufactured to protect.
A gun's purpose is NOT to protect. Period...
Today, my friend Nikki, of Nikki Miner Makeup, is sharing her fashion expertise. Many of her staple items hail from super fancy stores such as Tar-jay and Le Kohl's. Let me
vacuum up these Cheerios and Goldfish and roll out the red carpet for her!
If you want to hear from a mom who is perfectly put together, wears heels to the park, and styles her hair daily, you should stop reading now.
When I worked full time, I loved putting together fun color combinations and keeping up with the latest trends. I prided myself in looking good and taking fashion risks. My closet was full...REALLY full!
Since becoming a stay at home mom, many days I’m just trying to sneak in a shower. I find it really hard to look cute but still wear outfits that are practical for playing at the park, running errands, and rolling around on the floor, sword fighting with my son.
Check out the gallery to see what five “staples” have helped me feel good about the way I look, even if my two-year-old is the only one who sees me. ;)
This week, Mama Kat
has prompted me to write about a memorable summer. I immediately knew which summer that was: 2009. Here are my top three tips for planning a summer vacation:
1) Plan a trip.
2) Host a party.
3) Sign up for a summer sport.
Here' s why...
My husband's reaction to this post title: "Summer bucket list? You make it sound like summer is going to die."
My reaction: "Have you forgotten January, February, and March?! Summer will die...eventually."
Before you know it, you'll be sipping that pumpkin spice latte and
wondering how it's Labor Day already.
Take five minutes this Memorial Day weekend, and make your summer bucket list. Our family came up with 12 simple ideas. Check them out in the gallery below!
What would you add to this list?
Dear mother of kidnapped Nigerian girl,
The truth is, I don't know what to say to you. I have no words that can fix, change, or make light of your situation.
It will not
This, too, shall not
Everything does not
happen for a reason.
The above are cliches that people employ during difficult times. I've always hated them. And I can't imagine that you feel any differently...
Well over two weeks ago, 234 Nigerian girls were kidnapped in the middle of the night. Boko Haram militants seized them and fled to the dense forests that border Cameroon.
"Their parents don't know whether they are about to be murdered, or used as sex slaves, or about to be trafficked into other countries," said Gordon Brown to The Guardian.
234 babies were kidnapped.
234 sisters were kidnapped.
234 daughters were kidnapped.
234 Malias and Sashas were kidnapped.
Why "Malias and Sashas?" Because they're black?
Um, no. But very astute observation...
My husband's knickerbockers have been in a bunch over the Donald Sterling situation...but not in the way you would think. Read his guest post to see why
In life, some people are leaders; some people are followers. And most people like to bitch all the time.
The last few days I've been getting a bit riled up, but probably not in the same ways that you've been hearing from others. I'm getting tired of hearing people talk about what others should do in response to Sterling's comments. The equal rights movement isn't where it is today because of the suggestions of people who were safe from enemy fire, but because of those who got in the trenches and fought for what they believe in.
Let me be very clear: The remarks that were released this week are absolutely despicable.
He should be removed from the NBA (he will
). He should lose all his sponsorship (under way
). This should forever tarnish his reputation (uh, check
). But I think we need to stop short of tying him to the town hall and beating the guy to death. He is an ignorant asshole, but no crime has been committed...