they grow so fast

The complicated beginning of letting go

This is the behind the scenes look at letting go. No, not quite that. I guess it’s the behind the scenes look at beginning to let go, and not knowing how, and not wanting to, but also realizing the beauty of it, which is more than the sorrow, but mourning the changing chapters, and wanting …

Coping in quarantine: “Why am I so tired?” and other pandemic problems

Feeling all the feels, from stress to anxiety to loneliness, are making me TIRED! Read for an explanation of these feelings and a list of ways to get through it all.

How to help others

How to help even when you feel helpless

MURDER HORNETS? Because a pandemic where people are dying and our lives have changed and we’re juggling work and schooling and the kids being home and some stuff being hard to get (toilet paper!!! frozen French fries!!!!) just wasn’t enough???? I get it. We’ve heard of killer bees. But somehow, “murder hornets” sounds so much …

sweatpants for boys

Maybe Sweatpants Today

Boys are easier than girls, yada yada yada, less emotional drama, and they don’t care as much about fashion . . . Those are all things I hear A LOT as a mom of three boys. OK, it’s true my boys don’t care about accessorizing or being dressed to the nines, but the opposite can …

hockey mom tips

Hockey Mom Tips: All you need to know from hockey moms who have been there

When does hockey season end?  People ask me that a lot. Is it never?  I think it’s never.  Here we are in my son’s second season as a hockey player.  He is having SO. MUCH. FUN and is learning so much – new skills, faster and more precise skating, more rules of the game.  He …

snacks for kids

10 Easy Steps to Finding Snacks for Kids (snacks they’ll love!)

SNACKS!!!!!!!!!! As parents, we’re all quite familiar with them, constantly bombarded with requests for them, and constantly on a quest to find just the right snacks for kids that they will love and that we feel good about giving them. We go up to Expert Level Parenting when we actually find one that all the …

NAVIGATING HOLIDAYS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES: What’s REALLY scary about Halloween and beyond

  I should have posted this weeks ago in preparation for Halloween, but didn’t have a chance to write it until now.  The good news is that it doesn’t just apply to Halloween, but to all holidays, to any eating occasion, really — for a food allergy family. Today is Halloween.  Spooky, right?  What’s REALLY …

The Best Days

  The best days were when you were a newborn.  I just held you and snuggled you and breathed you in.  You slept and you cuddled and you nestled in my arms and all we needed was each other. The best days were when you were a baby, and I could watch you discover the …

teaching kindness

Can kindness be taught?

  Can kindness be taught?  I’m not sure, but I’m sure trying to find out. “Use your manners!” I call out with a sing-songy voice, checking the box on doing the right thing to raise my kids to be good human beings. But is that enough?  I don’t think so. Sometimes, no matter how great …

back-to-school shopping - always an adventure

Back to School Shopping: Already, Again, and Always an Adventure

  OK, it’s August.  I get it – school where we live starts later this month.  But this year, as I’m bombarded with constant reminders of the impending first day of school (TV ads, in-store displays, radio ads, social media, and kids saying it’s not fair it starts so soon), I find myself wondering . …