Our European Vacation: London with Kids

Our European Vacation | Life as MOM - We just got back from a month abroad where we visited London, Paris, a handful of cities in Western France. We explored, rested, and learned a ton about ourselves and the world. This is the first installment of our adventure.

We just got back from a month abroad where we visited London, Paris, and a handful of cities in Western France. We explored, rested, and learned a ton about ourselves and the world. This is the first installment of our adventure. As we traveled through England (just London, actually) and France, I kept notes and […]

Planning Ideas for a European Vacation

Planning Ideas for a European Vacation

Our family just got back from a 3-day road trip. While we had a fabulous time out of Dodge, we are tired and happy to be home. Our kids are pretty good travelers, packing their stuff and loading the car in pretty short order. We love the idea of traveling with our big family. As […]

Parenting a Child with Food Allergies

Parenting a Child with Food Allergies | Life as MOM

Food allergies are becoming more and more prevalent. Here’s a little of what I’ve learned parenting a child with food allergies. My mother-in-law was allergic to fish and nuts. In all the years I knew her she never had a reaction. She was very cautious about what she ate, but I don’t recall her going […]

5 Fun Things About My Week

It has been a crazy week. For the second time this month, I found myself at the checkstand without my wallet. And for the second time this month, I left my groceries at the counter while I drove home to get said wallet and head back to the store. The cost of stupidity. Or absentmindedness. […]

How I Became a Hockey Mom

When I was in junior high, I was in love with the movie Hockey Night. Starring Megan Follows, a very young Rick Moranis, and Yannick Bisson, the movie tells the story of a young girl who moves to a small Canadian town and wants to play hockey. Since there isn’t a girls team, she tries […]

FishChick3, Baby Fog, & New Birthday Traditions

FishChick, 3 years ago I came out of the Baby Fog earlier this year. You know, that haze that you drift around in while your baby is nursing, waking you up at night, wearing diapers, and otherwise doing what babies do best. The fog slowly clears as Baby gets a little more independent and sleeps […]

T Minus 18 Days and Counting

The Cookbook is due in 18 days. I’m putting final touches on recipes, making this or that dish one last time to make sure it’s just right. Or in the case of some “out-of-this-world” ice cream sandwiches, just because we looooove them. I’m editing and rereading and editing some more. And generally trying not to […]

Hacking through the Jungle Together

Today is my husband’s birthday. It’s also the day that he proposed to me. We got dressed up and went to the Palace Grill in Santa Barbara, presumably to celebrate his birthday. But since it was a little pricey for us, he had always said that we’d only go there on a special occasion, like […]