We know our truth, but sometimes we need someone else to exclaim, "Girl, you're amazing!" A couple of years ago, I was inspired by the dynamic life coach and best-selling author, Debbie Ford, who challenged me to join in the Summer Self-Esteem Game.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
A couple of months ago, my brother-in-law's mother, Nina, passed away. I got the horrifying phone call late one evening. They said she was dead. They said it was a massive heart attack. They said she didn't suffer. I was shocked, numb to the bone. She was way too young. And although I didn't have the privilege of knowing her for long, I miss her. We had a simple, special bond; we are moms.
Labels: Small moments
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Labels: Mind and Body
Thursday, April 23, 2009
As many of you know from my Staycation Report, my family recently spent a memorable afternoon on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I failed to mention, however, that right before heading home, I saw something etched onto the blacktop of a school playground, something glaring, scribbled in stark white chalk:
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Expectant mothers have great intentions . . .that die. Reality sets in, and hectic lives necessitate actions you vowed never to take, like feeding your child that strangely orange mac & cheese from a box. You know what I'm talkin' 'bout!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
One month after Liza was born, a friend invited me to her home for some girl bonding. I didn't really want to go; I couldn't squeeze into anything cute or stylish, and I felt ugly. Besides, how can you feel good with leaky boobs? C'mon. Honestly.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I'm so glad that I stumbled upon CMOM. It's a hands-on environment that supports and celebrates creativity and the imagination. We spent most of our time in the Playworks exhibition, perfect for young children under 4. Below are some pictures that highlight our adventures!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Meal planning allowed us to stock the fridge and steer clear of last minute trips to the supermarket for one last thing (I'm famous for that!). Rachel Ray's "Make Your Own Burrito Bar" recipe was a big hit. Yes . . .we ate out too (ahh...no dishes), and left room for spontaneity; my sweet tooth couldn't resist stopping at Ben & Jerry's for some mint chocolate chunk ice cream. Twice. But the second time- totally planned.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Labels: Mind and Body
Monday, April 6, 2009
I love the idea of learning through music. When Liza was born, my chunky granola sister introduced me to the 3 Rs song by Jack Johnson. It doesn't disappoint. In fact, I love his tone and message in this song; it's fun, catchy, and mellow enough for mommies to listen to over and over again. And, ready for the bonus? We can raise happy, smart, environmentally conscious little citizens all at the same time. Nice, right?
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Kids love playdough. Why? Because they can dig their little fingers into a gooey blob and create something totally cool. I'm a big fan of simple things that encourage creativity and ingenuity in children. But there are two things that bug me about playdough. One, that smell (You know exactly what I'm talking about!). And two, it inevitably ends up embedded in the high-pile carpet, and weeks later you're still scraping away at these irritating bits, now painfully wedged under your fingernails. At last, here's a simple recipe for homemade playdough . . .perfect for a rainy day!
- 1 c. flour
- 1 c. warm water
- 2 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 tsp. vegetable oil
- 1/4 c. salt
- food coloring optional
- Mix all of the ingredients in a pot and stir over medium heat until smooth.
- Knead into a ball and allow to cool completely, kneading every few minutes. It becomes more firm as it cools.
- Store it in a container with lid. It lasts for days.