What I am Reading: A Spool of Blue Thread

What I am Reading: A Spool of Blue Thread
At our latest library visit, I spied A Spool of Blue Thread by Ann Tyler on the Just Returned rack.  I had no idea what the story was about, but something about the image and title, made we want to check out and read more. The book follows a love story of Abby and Red... Read more »

Almost Meatless Monday: Egg Drop Soup and Fried Rice

Almost Meatless Monday: Egg Drop Soup and Fried Rice
This summer, I’ve been pretty bad about Meatless Monday and cooking in general.  We’ve been eating a lot of grilled foods, salads and eating out too frequently. Luckily, I found two recipes and got excited to prepare an Asian inspired vegetarian meal with Egg Drop Soup and Vegetable Fried Rice.  It was a hit and... Read more »

Replace Anger with Loving Kindness

Replace Anger with Loving Kindness
I read these words recently and jotted them down in my iPhone notes section to remember and use as a mantra. “Replace Anger with Loving Kindness.” When we are running late for camp and my daughter can’t find her shoes, then wants to go back upstairs to find a specific stuffed animal, my son has... Read more »
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Sensory Bins: What are they and how can they help my child

Sensory Bins: What are they and how can they help my child
Sensory bins are a simple and inexpensive learning tool that can benefit all children.  Through sensory play kids use all five senses, improve focus and concentration and build fine motor, math and language skills. An added bonus is the imaginative play and fun doesn’t seem like learning.  I’ve watched kids of all ages (and adults) enjoy... Read more »

How to create a rainbow Inside Out birthday party

How to create a rainbow Inside Out birthday party
My daughter’s summer birthday barbecue is one of the only annual parties we have at our home. I enjoy party planning, but admittedly end up stressed. This year we comprised on a rainbow and Inside Out theme.  My goal in sharing this with you, to help or give you ideas to make your next party... Read more »

Interview with my 7-year-old on her birthday

Interview with my 7-year-old on her birthday
This child has gone through a lot this year.  We have had highs and lows and everything in between.  The good news is I’ve learned a lot about her and the way “she works” this year through trial and errors, some good therapists and quality time together. She is athletic, stubborn, sweet, creative, strong willed,... Read more »
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The Best Yoga Pants for Real Bodies

The Best Yoga Pants for Real Bodies
I spend most days in yoga studios and wear yoga pants six days a week. I see many different styles, lengths colors and brands of leggings and have tried out many of them.  Through trial and error, I’ve found the pair that work best for me, but since no two bodies are the same, I... Read more »

Fifteen Hours of Six Flags Great America

Fifteen Hours of Six Flags Great America
7:00 a.m. I wake up make myself black coffee, bummed we are out of milk, and find breakfast for the kids. Then I sit down at my computer to research Six Flags Great America.  My son earned a free pass for reading 200 hours from his school and it expires tomorrow. 8:30 a.m. Husband wanders... Read more »

Everything you need to know about henna

Everything you need to know about henna
The other night I was invited to the cutest art gallery/store to mingle and try out henna.  The body art has always impressed me and I’ve been eager to learn more about the intricate, natural and non-permanent form of self-expression. According to Silk and Stone: “The art of henna (called mehndi in Hindi & Urdu)... Read more »
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A Pinky Swear messed up my Monday in the best way

A Pinky Swear messed up my Monday in the best way
Do you look forward to Mondays?  I oddly do.  Monday is my day to be alone in my home, to get caught up on work and life while getting laundry under control.  After a fun, hot and busy weekend, I was even more in need of a quiet day to recharge. Sadly, my girl didn’t... Read more »