This quote’s been buzzing in my brain lately, and I wanted to share with you friends a few words as we head in to this festive but busy season. You may be inclined to fret over every small holiday detail – the hostess gift to buy, outfit to wear or dish to serve – but please do yourself a kind favor and don’t. Don’t try to make … Continue reading Good Enough
Each December*, I start to peruse the selection of holiday-themed events and activities around town. Besides our usual favorite traditions, I like to add one or two new things each year. With so many choices, however, it can be a bit overwhelming, and if you’re busy or have brain fog like myself, you may forget what it was you enthusiastically wanted to see or do, so I write it down. … Continue reading My Holiday Family Fun List
Happy December friends! Last night, the five of us, including the dog, shuffled into the car and made the drive to the local Christmas tree lot where we’ve been going to since the boys were babies. It occurred to me that, although unspoken, we have a tradition that Norman Rockwell would be proud of (he he) and it goes something like this: I wander around the … Continue reading Five Details.
Do you ever wish you could say what you mean, not in a crazy Jerry Springer-way, but in an honest, thoughtful way, with a touch of good humor? It can be challenging. I know I can have the best of intentions, but still humbly and awkwardly stumble through a difficult conversation, or, just not say anything at all so I don’t offend the person, and I’m not … Continue reading The Genius Artwork of Emily McDowell
Have you seen the Netflix-original series The Crown yet? I started binge-watching it over the break, and I’m hooked. It’s a fascinating portrayal of the British royal family, and the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who became queen at the young age of 25! For reference, she’s now 90 years old. The Crown is a dialogue-heavy, period piece that centers around the public versus private persona of Queen Elizabeth II. … Continue reading New Favorite Show: The Crown
Up until a few weeks ago, my nine-year-old had asked almost daily and with admirable tenacity, when the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid (DWK) book was going to be out. When the publishing date finally rolled around, I surprised him with an ‘errand run,’ my parenting code for ‘we’re-doing-something-fun-but-I-can’t-tell-you-what-it-is-so-you’ll-just-have-to-trust-me-and-get-in-the-car-and-stop-complaining.’ I think he may be on to me, because he hurriedly hopped in the car and as we … Continue reading Shop Local: The Novel Neighbor
Thanksgiving is one of those holidays I appreciate the older I get. My boys are still of the age where there’s a lot of ‘gross, healthy food’ being served (dessert being the exception of course), and their gratitude list consists of candy and watching YouTube videos. Thanksgiving requires some self-reflection. With this year being my first time hosting, I’ve especially come to realize what this means. I can … Continue reading Five Details: Thanksgiving Edition