Archive for February 2016

7 reasons I love Blue Apron

7 reasons I love Blue Apron
Have you heard of Blue Apron?  Blue Apron is a weekly box that arrives at your door with all the measured ingredients you need to make a delicious, fresh and unique meal. You can choose dietary preferences (vegetarian, chicken, beef, fish) and delivery options (one, two or three meals a week for 2 or 4 people).... Read more »

My favorite baby boy names

My favorite baby boy names
Thank you for sharing all your favorite baby girl names with me.  As promised, today I am revealing my favorite boy names.  I must admit this one took much longer than the girls list did.  Even though my days of naming children are behind me, I still find it fun to talk names.   Here are... Read more »

My favorite baby girl names

My favorite baby girl names
I am past the baby naming stage, but still love learning, hearing and reading girl’s names and imagining names for brand new babies. In my opinion, naming a female is far easier than a male. Maybe it is because a lot of boy names are now used in naming girls (Max, Sawyer and Wyatt). Today... Read more »
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Does punishing kids work?

Does punishing kids work?
I got punished often as a kid. I am sure it was well deserved and I think I turned out all right. I spent a lot of time in my room pretending to do my homework, writing in my journal and resentful of my parents, even though I now know they were doing their best.... Read more »

Friday Favorites: Wood Countertops, Lego Storage and Nutella French Toast

Friday Favorites: Wood Countertops, Lego Storage and Nutella French Toast
Happy Friday! This week and month both seem to be flying by.  With spring sort of in the air, I’m taking on some new home projects, wanting your opinion and sharing a few of my favorites. Our countertops are a terrible blue green Formica. I am seriously considered replacing them with something like this. Have... Read more »

Donna Day: Donate to pediatric cancer

Donna Day: Donate to pediatric cancer
Today is Donna Day.  Once a year  (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) we honor Donna and raise money to prevent others’ from losing children to pediatric cancer, like my friend Sheila. More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease—in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined. Donna Quirke Hornik was a beautiful little... Read more »
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How to create a gallery wall

How to create a gallery wall
I’ve been admiring photos of gallery walls and craving one in my own home. We got our house painted over the summer and I took down most of our framed photos and artwork and didn’t rehang most it.  I enjoyed the clean and minimal walls for a few months, but am ready for a change.... Read more »

What I am reading: 'American Housewife: Stories'

What I am reading: 'American Housewife: Stories'
This new book, packed with 12 short stories, caught my eye at our neighborhood bookstore.  American Housewife: Stories is an honest collection of  snippets of domestic life that explores everything from infertility to infidelity. Writer, housewife and shrewd poker player Helen Ellis compiles a witty, fresh and unique commentary on modern motherhood. The first story, What I... Read more »

Partner yoga is a healthy and bonding valentine activity

Partner yoga is a healthy and bonding valentine activity
I do love the concept behind Valentine’s Day. It is a nice reminder to celebrate the love between partners, parents, friends, children and special people in our lives. With that being said, over the years the emphasis has shifted more to the kids and less towards special night between me and my husband. We’ve had... Read more »
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Be vulnerable on your yoga mat

Be vulnerable on your yoga mat
One of the many reasons I love yoga is my opportunity to be vulnerable on my mat.  Once I breathe and clear my mind, my truly authentic self emerges. When my body moves and focuses on my alignment and rhythmic inhales and exhales, there is little room left to wonder how I appear versus how... Read more »