Instagram mom influoggers

Instagram: Mommy Bloggers

I don’t hate social media. I barely engage with it. So having me write about mommy bloggers is pretty funny. Also, I don’t think they’re called mommy bloggers anymore. Influencers? Sounds too much like influenza for my comfort but whatever. I am all over women creating jobs they want for themselves. Read more

Chrissy Teigen Talent Crush

Chrissy Teigen

Long live Chrissy Teigen!

I can’t begin to articulate how much I love this woman. My all time favorite moment was when she thought her husband went to the gym and turns out he was in China

But what I admire most about Teigen is her ongoing insistence on being her own version of her human self even though it would be so much easier to play the pretty but plastic woman people tend to expect from someone in her profession. Read more

VenTiki Recipe Challenge

VenTiki

Even I am amazed at how fast the Recipe Challenge has fallen apart. At first I thought it would be the reading challenge but then it occurred to me that I have spent a good portion of my life reading whereas cooking?

Not so much. Read more

The dead zone from spring break to the end of the school year

The Dead Zone: From the End of Spring Break to the End of the Year

I hate the month of May.  I wish I didn’t but I do. When my kids were little and May rolled around, I used to worry about how I was going to fill the summer days. They were in preschool for a few hours each week, which gave them social and educational enrichment and gave me time to get errands done, have lunch with friends, or just be alone for short periods of time. We all came back together refreshed and recharged on preschool days.  

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The Longest Shortest Time Podcast Love

The Longest Shortest Time

There are many good things about the podcast, The Longest Shortest Time but I think the absolute best thing has to be the name. I don’t think there is a better way to describe parenting. How is it possible that time can pass so slowly and so quickly, simultaneously?  But it does. When my children were tiny and needed everything, the days seemed to stretch for eternity, but then I blinked and they were walking and talking and going to preschool and bringing home artwork and their own ideas and opinions. My oldest is about to graduate from high school and the same can be said for the teen years.  One day you’re lamenting the hours of driving in circles around town, always a few minutes late to the next activity and the next day you’re preparing them to venture out into the world without you. Read more

Persistiny Milestones

Persistiny Milestones

I often become focused on my lists and calendars and living into the future so much so that I often do not notice what I have accomplished. Felicia is, amazingly, more guilty of this than I am. What she can accomplish in a set amount of time is mind boggling.

So when we decided to start a business, it should have been obvious that we would have a collective blindspot when it came to keeping track of, stopping to recognize,  and celebrating our accomplishments.

Nope. Read more

The Conflict Reading Challenge

The Conflict

Originally released in France in 2010, The Conflict by Elisabeth Badinter was translated into English and released in the United States in 2013. Younger son was 2 and I read nothing longer than the back of a cereal box. I remember a dear friend of mine from my most excellent moms’ group talked fleetingly about the book, but I was such a wreck I probably just nodded then checked to see how long it was until 5pm and I could have some wine and cheese and crackers.

Now that younger son is Six and older son has graduated from college, my brain has returned to me and one of the first things I remember seeping up from the ooze was the hazy recollection that someone, somewhere had had the nerve to say that modern motherhood was threatening female independence. And that the person had been French. Read more

1 Second Everyday App Review

1 Second Everyday

I learned about this app from listening to a podcast (shocker), The Pitch.  As soon as I heard about it, I knew it was something I should download. 1 Second Everyday allows you to string together very short, daily videos to create a montage of your life.  

I’m not a great family historian.  I usually get through holidays and important events completely forgetting to take a single photo or video.  My kids and husband are usually annoyed with me. I suppose they could take on the task themselves, but that’s a subject for a different blog post. Read more

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Talent Crush

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher

A few months after the deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, I made a tasteless comment to older son. He was planning to engage in an activity that I felt risked life and limb. So I said to him, “If you end up dead, just know I will pull a Debbie Reynolds.” This meant that if he died I would be dead within 24 hours and just as he was getting settled into the afterlife I would show up and ruin all his fun. Read more

Israeli Couscous and Tuna Salad Recipe Challenge

Israeli Couscous and Tuna Salad

I got sidetracked from making this last week but I gave it another go this week. As you can see the basil leaves are a little wilted but all in all this is a yummy and very easy recipe. I made it for dinner and it was very satisfying. Because it was after 5pm I didn’t feel bad washing it all down with some wine.

The recipe is very easy, I made it exactly as directed with only 2 changes. One, I couldn’t find roasted red peppers in a jar or capers, so I grabbed a random jar of spicy pickled vegetables from Trader Joe’s and it worked great. Second, I thought I had plain Israeli couscous but I didn’t. I had a mix that had couscous in it with some other stuff but it was good, too. Contessa Garten’s recipes are very forgiving. I never worry that I don’t have the exact ingredients (except when baking, everything has to be exact or it’s a disaster.) Read more