My sister Kathreen is ten years older than me, and we have completely different feelings about December. Namely, I love the holidays. She hates them.
Wow! Tons of great comments in yesterday’s post about doing fewer things–and doing them better. It seems like the topic really touched a nerve, and similar themes have been on a lot of our minds lately. In today’s do-lots-of-stuff-all-the-time culture, I find it encouraging that so many of us are trying to pave our own paths […]
Tonight at dinner, our six-year-old William made a small, silly joke. It wasn’t a particularly funny joke. In fact, it really didn’t make any sense at all.
The theme at The Happiest Mom this week is TIME. How to find it, how to make it, how to best use it. And my inspiration was this interview with Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. The book is dedicated to a simple but profound idea: you can be […]
When I attended the OnStar event last month, one of my favorite activities was a session with chef Louisa Shafia, author of the beautiful cookbook Lucid Food. We all had a ball making a meal together, including a delicious, creamy squash soup that I made today to serve for dinner tonight (Wednesday is Soup Night in my Six-Meal Shuffle!)–I’ll […]
My pantry has been in pretty awful shape since we moved into this house last year. It’s a narrow walk-in pantry (actually an add-on porch at the back of the house) which presents some logistical issues, like small shelves and not much turning-around space. But really, it’s got plenty of room for all our food […]
I was just reading a post by one of my favorite parenting writers, Denise Schipani, who writes Confessions of a Mean Mommy. In her post, Denise cops to not being very enthusiastic about Mommy and Me type classes: “I’ve never been a joiner. Also, though I can’t underestimate baby classes’ value for breaking up the tedium of […]
Last week Babble.com ran an essay of mine about why I don’t plan to foot the bill for my kids’ college education. The essay was reprinted on Yahoo’s Shine and in the Chicago Sun-Times, and it got a lot of feedback. I certainly didn’t expect all the readers to agree with me, and I totally respect that people feel […]
I admit it: I’m a cockeyed optimist. I’m also a realist, so it’s not as though I expect money to start falling out of the sky or all my troubles to disappear at any given moment. It’s more that I know that in spite of troubles persisting forever and a zero chance of cash precipitation, […]
Whew! Turns out I had a lot to say on this topic, so this post will be broken into two parts. Find Part 2 Here! “Cawwots, AGAIN?” I was a picky eater as a kid. I didn’t like anything spicy. I didn’t like textural surprises, like chunks hidden in sauces. Actually, I didn’t like sauces much, […]
Today’s post was originally written about a year ago, but I know it’s a topic many of us are dealing with right now. If you’re wistful or unsure about your schooling choices, I hope you’ll feel better knowing you aren’t alone. As the beginning of the school year draws near, I’m guessing some of you […]
Recently a friend of mine, Bonny, was telling me about her family’s disregard for her carefully-constructed grocery budget, which she tries to keep to under $50 a week. (Yes, really.) With five kids in the house, including teens, and a full-time job, Bonny tried to delegate the task of grocery shopping and cooking a few times, but with […]