It’s October, For the Win

I usually don’t realize how much I’m enjoying something until it’s just about over. {Note: Except for wine or chocolate. I’m pretty much enamored from the beginning.} But yesterday I came to a strange realization: October is my favorite month. This was, somehow, news to me. 27 days in. OK, 40+ years and 27 days […]

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Renovation Meets Hyperventilation

I need you guys to promise me something. It’s not a difficult task, but it’s a critical one. Kindly take note. If I ever, ever in my lifetime try to purchase another 100 year-old house, I want you to slap me. OK? Thanks. Some of you have been following the blog long enough to remember […]

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So, You’re Considering the Corn Maze

You love fall, right? The crisp air. The produce. Boots. Jeans. All of it. I do too. And that’s precisely how people like us end up in corn mazes. It starts with the innocent trip to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch. Because parental amnesia is a real thing and you fail to remember every […]

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Late in the Evening

They’ve gone baaaa-aaaaack. Let the classroom bells ring like a song across the land. Or like a Ricola commercial. My son started second grade yesterday and my daughter began Kindergarten today — sort of. It seems that we will endure a two-week transition process to slowly ramp up her class — seemingly in 7-minute increments […]

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Better Late Than Later

The moment took me by surprise. I thought we had more time before I had to have The Talk with my daughter. About the kind of people we really are. It started innocently enough. She asked me why, with just a few days left until our vacation, nothing had been packed yet. At first, I […]

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August, Can We Still Be Friends?

Welcome, August. I want so much to tell you how good it is to see you, old friend. Because so much magic happens on your watch every year, even though you signal to my brain that we only have this one final month of summer left before school starts in early September. But, August, each […]

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48 Hours With (Almost) No Kids

FRIDAY — BREAKFAST TABLE: “Mom, did you know that Mema invited us to her house for a sleepover this weekend?” “Yes, I did know.” “For. Two. Whole. Nights.” “Isn’t that nice?! For you two, I mean?” “Yes, but what will you do? Won’t you cry without us for the whole weekend?” “I will cry. Many […]

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So This is What It’s Like to Be Early

How’s your summer going? I hope it’s fun-filled, sun-kissed and wine-laden. Here in New Jersey, we still have six weeks left, which is great-ish. Most days. This notation on time is particularly important when I tell you about what happened in Target last week. It was a first. No, I did not leave with a […]

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She’s Five

Scene: Interior Kitchen — Dinnertime, Early July Daughter: So, have you thought more about my Frozen cake? You know, Elsa’s ice castle? And can you make it snow with a button or a handle or something? Me: Uhhhhh, probably not with snow. And it might not look exactly like a castle. Daughter: Just a little […]

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