Cinco de Mayo is a fun day to celebrate.  There’s lots of colors, flavors, and activities to explore surrounding it.  Truth be told, it is another of those “holidays” that I never game much thought to before I became a mom.  I don’t drink and hate crowds, so I usually tried to avoid going out that day or the weekend surrounding it.  But, kids make everything fun. I actually have a dilemma every year.  Do I celebrate Cinco de Mayo or Star Wars Day (May 4)?  Two years ago, I hosted a big Star Wars Day playdate for all my mom friends and their littleRead More →

Since this week is all about Mother’s Day, I decided to make something for me.  But, what would be a good recipe.  My son told me that my favorite food is “Salad.” Yeah, not sure where he got that from.  I like salad but it is no way my favorite.  Obviously, my favorite food is cookies. I like to have my cookies with a nice cup of tea.  So, crumbly and buttery are the best, especially shortbread. I love shortbread.  It’s so decadent but also incredibly easy to make. Basic shortbread has only 4 ingredients – butter, flour, sugar, and cornstarch.  I added some salt,Read More →

I don’t usually get too personal on this blog.  It’s my intention to keep this site pretty light and happy.  But, in light of “Infertility Awareness Week”, I decided to open up a little about my experience with Secondary Infertility. Let me start by saying that all infertility sucks.  Whether you have no kids or 10, not being able to conceive a child when you want one sucks. Especially, when everyone around you makes getting pregnant as easy as getting a cold.  I’m not downgrading or disparaging anyone’s journey to parenthood. I’m just recounting my experience. My first pregnancy was an accident.  Totally caught myRead More →

Mother’s Day is right around the corner.  We don’t make a big deal out of it around our house.  My son has been too young to really understand it.  But, this year I think will be different.   He’s a Preschooler now, so he really gets holidays.  However, I wonder if he will get that this one is about giving gift to me, not to him. *This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. The Book This week’s book celebrates moms.  It is Time for a Hug by PhillisRead More →

“What do you want for Mother’s Day?” is a question I dread every year. Not just for Mother’s Day but any gift giving holiday.  I never know what to answer.  I have an Amazon  list but always forget to update it.  There’s not a lot that I really need (besides a weekend in Hawaii, but that’s not in the budget). So, I really needed to put together a Mother’s Day Gift List for myself. I usually answer a massage, but I have trouble finding the time to make the appointment. And, I don’t want him to spend a lot of money.  To me, Mother’s DayRead More →

I had a lot of trouble coming up with a recipe for this week’s book “Away in My Airplane“. What food goes with air travel?  My mind went to two places – peanuts and pretzels.  Those of us of a certain age will remember that you used to get little bags of pretzels or peanuts on airplanes.  Do they still do this? I haven’t been on  a plane since my honeymoon 5 years ago, but I don’t remember getting pretzels. We got drinks, but I don’t think we got any food. So, anyway, I decided we would make pretzels to go with our airplane book. Read More →

The Book This week’s book highlights one of my son’s favorite things – Airplanes!  Since he was a baby, my son has been obsessed with airplanes.  His favorite movie for a long time was Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue”. One of his favorite places to visit is the Air Victory Museum in Hainesport, NJ. *This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. So, it is no surprise that Away in My Airplane is one of his favorite books.  He received his as a gift from his grandparents last yearRead More →

I love subscription boxes.  Especially when those boxes alleviate a chore from my to do list.  Kids on 45th is that perfect box. Kids on 45th popped on my Facebook Newsfeed a couple weeks ago.  It’s a seasonal clothing subscription box for kids.  They send out boxes four times a year, at the beginning of every season (though your first box will arrive 1-2 weeks after you order no matter when you subscribe).  Each box has a selection of used tops, bottoms, a jacket or sweatshirt. I love the idea of getting used clothes.  My son is so rough on his clothes that I hateRead More →

If you give a Mom a cookie, she’s going to want it warm, fresh out of the oven. When she’s done, she’ll ask for another.  Then she will complain that she’s fat.  She will wait a couple hours and then have a third. Soon, all the cookies will be gone. And she will be sad. But, then she will remember that she put half the batch in the freezer, ready to bake another day. Maybe I don’t have a future in writing children’s books. But, these chocolate chip cookies are so good, I don’t really care about anything else. I used my favorite chocolate cookieRead More →

The Book Give a Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond is a modern classic.  I’m sure your kids have at least one of the series on their bookshelf right now.  If not, you need to get on that.  Your local library will definitely have a copy, if you don’t want to purchase it. It’s a simple story about the chain of events that occur when you give a mouse a cookie.  First you give him the cookie, then he wants milk, and then a straw, and a napkin, and it just snowballs from there.  It’s a lot like having a young child.Read More →