Celebrating Kids’ Birthdays

Let’s talk birthdays, Mama. I used to do it all. The big celebration for each child. A themed party, complete with food, games, activities or art, and of course, goodie bags. Those were fun years…and my kids still talk about some of their favorite parties: the Ninja Warrior one, the Painting Canvas one, the OlympicsContinue reading “Celebrating Kids’ Birthdays”

Snowy Saturday

It’s a windy, snowy, stormy Saturday here in the Northeast, Mama, and we are sorting socks, straightening art supplies and dreaming of all things Spring. We started our day making waffles, and the kids are playing games while the littlest one naps. We will probably do some Spring Art together (3 crayon or marker challenge?)Continue reading “Snowy Saturday”

Friday Tidy

On Fridays, we tidy as a family. “Friday Tidy” is what we call it, and we take an hour or two as a family to get the house “ready for weekend fun”. It’s been almost two years that we’ve had this routine, and the kids (though they still complain from time to time—they’re kids!) haveContinue reading “Friday Tidy”

Transformer Explosions & Slow Days

During last night’s wind storm, a transformer blew right next to our house, causing a fire by the telephone pole as well as multiple “explosion” pops and blinding white light right outside our windows. We got the kids out of bed and to the basement while we waited for the wind to die down, theContinue reading “Transformer Explosions & Slow Days”

Read Aloud to Your Kids (even your tweens & teens!)

Our home is a home in which we read aloud. Every day. Even to the teens and tweens. It wasn’t always this way. In fact, there was a time in my parenthood where I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to read aloud to a teenager. After all, they could just read the bookContinue reading “Read Aloud to Your Kids (even your tweens & teens!)”

Saturday Morning Baking

Before I was a mom, I thought that when I had kids, I’d bake all the time for them. And then…I had kids. And I realized that I was only baking on birthdays and holidays. It felt like there was never time and space to make it part of our regular rhythm. But as weContinue reading “Saturday Morning Baking”

Gathering ‘Round the Table

Who’s gathering around your table today, Mama? More important than decorations, or perfectly matching cups and dishes, are the souls that gather there. What kinds of words are being spoken? What stories are being told? Who among those gathered there needs a word of encouragement that only your lips can provide? Who needs to knowContinue reading “Gathering ‘Round the Table”

Simple Valentines Celebration with Kids

Hey Mama, We had a simple Valentine’s breakfast this morning. Steve and I gave each kid a new (to them) book, and the kids gave valentines to each other (and gave each other long envied Pokémon cards from each other’s collections—now THAT’S love). Breakfast was food we had on hand. Bananas. Walnuts. Chocolate croissants fromContinue reading “Simple Valentines Celebration with Kids”

February Picnics

Hey Mama, Yesterday and today the temperature is in the 60’s—almost unheard of here in mid-February in Northeastern NJ. And so we put some of the chores aside to make time for a picnic (the first of 2022!) and lots of outside play in the sunshine. Remember why you do what you do—and take timeContinue reading “February Picnics”

Perfectly Imperfect

Your house doesn’t have to be perfect, Mama. Neither does your kitchen. It doesn’t have to have the latest appliances, or granite counters, or fancy coffee pots. It doesn’t have to have new flooring, or fresh paint, or impeccable decorating. It’s what you can’t see that counts, Mama. Is it full of love? Is itContinue reading “Perfectly Imperfect”