December 21st


Four days left. December 25th looms on the calendar. Are you ready? It seems that there’s this big, frantic deadline approaching. In years past, I’d be feeling anxious by now. I haven’t baked but one kind of cookie.I haven’t driven around looking at Christmas lights with the fam.I haven’t even addressed a single Christmas card. […]

Links of Love: Quick Food Gifts

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I prepared this post yesterday before my world dramatically changed. I hesitated to post it. Yet, experiencing grief and realizing what a GIFT food is at a time like this, I thought I’d go ahead and post it. I hope that your recipients are not in dire need, but irregardless, whatever you make for whatever […]

When Do You Say When? Having Babies, Building Families (Part Four)

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The conversation started here. A few months ago Libby wrote me and asked, Here is the thing: do you think that your family would have felt complete if you had only given birth to boys? I ask because I have three precious sons, hard won after years of infertility treatment. They are the center of […]

Book It! 5 Great Foodie Gifts


As you know, I am a. a mom b. a food snob c. a glutton So, it should come as no surprise that I love food-cookbook-gadget themed gifts. Cookbooks are generally not too expensive and when paired with fancy ingredients, gadgets, or pretty serving ware, you can pull off a really nice gift for under […]

Great Boy Gifts


As the mother of four boys, I like to think of myself as a pseudo-expert on all things “boyish.” If we had stopped at four children, testosterone would be all I knew. And since my girlies are still so small, our lives are still very masculine around here. As a result, I know all about […]

Time for MOM: Make a Record of It


One of the things that I have found so helpful, especially after a holiday, is to take notes of the projects I try or the mels I create. I like to write down what worked and what bombed. In this way, I have a record of what things to repeat and what to pitch. You […]

Time for MOM: Have You Got a LIFE LIST?

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A few weeks ago I spent a couple hours at a local bakery — by myself. Yeah, I know. By myself. I fed the baby, grabbed my Bible and a notebook, and left the house – by myself. I haven’t done that much in the last three months. I felt naked almost. I know many […]

Book It! French Women Don’t Get Fat


One book that I read this past year has a rather intriguing title; French Women Don’t Get Fat. Subtitled, The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, this book by Mireille Guiliano is a super easy read – I think I whipped through it in about 2 days. All I knew about this book was the title. […]