Holiday Kindness Calendar

Some people call it an Advent Calendar.  Some call it a Christmas Countdown. It’s that thing that hangs on the wall or sits on a shelf.  Each day holds a surprise until the Big Day. This year we are doing a Kindness Calendar. We all need to practice a little more kindness all year round, not just kids and not just at Christmas. If nothing else, I want my son to be kind.  He already has a big heart and big emotions. But, like most 4-year-olds, he’s a bit egocentric. That’s fine and normal.  Empathy is a skill that needs to be taught. Kindness beginsRead More →

Shrimp Ramen Soup

One of our favorite meals as a family is ramen soup.  We normally go out to a local restaurant for it.  I tried making a chicken version of it a few weeks ago for our Journey to Japan and we loved it.  This past Sunday, it was chilly and I wanted something warming but not too heavy. I came up with this recipe for Shrimp Ramen Soup. Now, before you foodies come and attack me.  This is not traditional or authentic ramen.  This is an simplified version using ingredients that are relatively easy to find (though you may have to look around for the misoRead More →

Mommy Recommends Boss Club

I was thrilled when Boss Club asked me to review their latest box.  They are a new subscription box company that offers kids the chance to learn entrepreneurial skills and be their own boss.  The boxes contain everything a kid would need to start their own business.  Really, the only thing they don’t include is the customers! What exactly is it? The Boss Club box is designed to teach children 9 and older how to start and run their own business.  The box costs $49.99 and includes everything (literally) you would need to start a small business. I know $50 sounds like a lot, butRead More →

5 Tips for Perfect Holiday Photos

You may not know this, but I’m not just a blogger and mom.  I’m also a portrait photographer.  For the past 5 years, I have been taking portraits for families in Burlington and Mercer County, NJ. In the past 5 years, I have learned a lot about how to get beautiful family portraits. It’s easier than you think. I’m going to give you 5 tips for perfect holiday portraits. This is the time of year when my inbox and phone blow up with requests for Holiday Photos. Ok, “blow up” may be an exaggeration.  But, I do more sessions in these two months than IRead More →