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Star Wars birthday party ideas on a budget

July 25, 2014

What’s the difference between a third child and a first child? The first child has a “Star Wars fourth birthday party” and he’s never seen Star Wars. The third child can hum along the Clone Wars theme song before he can even speak. With a new Star Wars movie on the horizon and Clone Wars […]

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Holiday card picks from a holiday card floozy

November 12, 2013

Heather likes it when I pick her holiday card, so this year’s annual, “Ooh, look at all the pretty cards” post will have a secondary goal of helping her find one that she likes. Two years ago, I declared myself a Holiday Card Ho because I ordered from three different companies in order to make […]

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Baby love: at first sight or a slow burn?

May 8, 2013

I was separated from my first baby, Julian, for the first hour or two of his life. While I was incredibly curious to see him again — this person whose very existence I had invented now existed in the real world! –  I guess I was also very patient. I don’t remember being overcome with […]

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We all need to learn to crochet, pronto (sponsored)

December 11, 2012

My sister was visiting over the weekend. She’s nine years younger than I am, and the product of my dad’s second marriage, so we are halfsies. That’s a word. Thanks to some happy remarriages among my parents, I am 100% biologically Jewish and 100% dedicated to celebrating Christmas. My sister Emily has decided that she […]

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A few thoughts on family holiday cards

November 29, 2012

As I documented last year, I am a bit obsessed with family holiday cards. (See the ones I actually sent out in 2011.) I love receiving them, so I feel obligated to send them. This isn’t an obligation I resent, actually. I look forward to selecting them and mailing them out. I realize MANY people […]

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Rookie mom holiday confessions

November 12, 2012

Did you notice that the very second Halloween was over the holiday mayhem was already in progress? I suppose it makes sense because Thanksgiving is as early as it can possibly be. And, well, once that’s over, IT’S ALREADY CHRISTMAS. “Black Friday” even starts on Thursday. Seriously. While I’d love to share my tips about […]

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Eight years already?

October 10, 2012

Dear Julian, When you arrived eight years ago, at the end of a rainy October, days before a high-stakes Presidential election, we had no idea who you were. A healthy boy, eight pounds exactly, with a bit of dark hair. That was all the information we had. Before you were born and afterward, I read […]

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Milo hearts Sawyer: A love story

September 12, 2012

Big changes are happening at my house. Milo has started kindergarten. He is now attending the same elementary school as his big brother, so it might seem like a non-issue, but allow me to rewind a bit. Before Sawyer started daycare, I was a little sad and made a pouty face whenever I thought about […]

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Tell them what you like about them

August 8, 2012

Last weekend in New York City, I had the unexpected pleasure of seeing two of my best friends from Kindergarten. These women, now 40, are like home to me.  Although we did not interact between third grade and now, the level of comfort I felt being with them exceeded my expectations. {Pretend I have inserted […]

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Declaring our Interdependence

July 3, 2012

When I was a single twenty-something, I turned July Fourth into my own personal holiday from which to declare independence from all the bad boyfriends and experiences that I had moved past. I gathered my friends together and Thanksgiving-style asked everyone to share what they were independent from. Then, we’d drink a toast to the […]

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Flashback: What my childhood summer looked like (and how to make skirts for stuffed animals)

June 8, 2012

When I was Julian’s age, I lived with my mom in Los Angeles during the school year and with my dad and stepmom on the central coast of California during vacations, including the full length of summer. (When I hit about 12, I became more interested in my friends than my dad and his small […]

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An unforgettable teacher

May 14, 2012

Challenged by Hallmark to share a story of an inspiring teacher, I went blank. Though I have several fond memories of school, I can barely remember the teacher’s names — even those that I adored. But I’m pretty sure that Facebook was invented to jog memories such as this; my former classmates were able to […]

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