I like to travel light. I feel like purses and packs weigh me down. So when I was pregnant with my oldest son (a decade ago!), I made up my mind that I was going to keep things as simple as possible when out with the baby. One extra diaper and some wipes is all […]
I’m limping through mornings, Friends. You know how when married couples are going through a rough patch they sometimes go to a marriage retreat? Removed from their daily lives they can focus on fixing what’s damaged. That’s where I am with mornings right now. Very close to divorce, but knowing that I can’t live my […]
My husband Ben and I were married five months to the day after our college graduation. We moved into a condominium with red and blue carpet and all the wallpaper in the world. Bit by bit we scraped and sanded, primed and painted until it started to feel like home. It started as kind of […]
I didn’t think much about New Year’s resolutions this year. I have so many revolving goals that I’m always working toward that I didn’t even consider adding something new to the rotation. Eat better. Exercise. Go to bed and wake up earlier. And I’ve been working on decluttering and getting organized since I got married […]
When it comes to staying organized, papers, in general, are a nightmare hassle. The papers that kids bring home from school can pose a special challenge. They tend to have more hands on them (teacher, parents, and child) plus more back and forth travel. My first few years of teaching, I was totally overwhelmed by […]
Growing up my mom was strict, but compassionate. When I’d make a mistake, break a rule, or give up, she’d expect me to be better, but with an undertone of “getting” it. “Jenny, you’re fifteen and in love. I understand, it’s a beautiful feeling. But you can’t just lie there listening to the Sleepless In […]
More often than not, I have to make a conscious effort to get through the afternoon slump. Here’s what’s worked for us!
My younger son is getting ready to go to kindergarten this fall. I only taught kindergarten for one year, but I still remember some of the minor struggles the little ones had in those first days. Problems that looked tiny from my adult perspective had the potential to feel big and stressful to kindergarteners. Teachers […]