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The Five Stages of Grief at Legoland…

1.  DENIAL  – It can’t be this crowded.  Why is it so crowded?  It’s a Monday morning at 10 am and it’s supposed to rain today.  Didn’t anybody check the forecast and think to themselves, “Today is not a good day to go to LegoLand.”  I know I checked the forecast and thought to myself, “Hey, it’s a Monday, it’s supposed to rain today and lightening.  That ought to scare the tourists off.  Let’s head to Legoland and ride some…

Welcome to Florida!

Right now, I’m on vacation.  I’ve taken my kids to visit the grandparents in Florida.  No, my parents didn’t move there out of peer pressure because they’re old.  They’re actually from Florida.  In fact, I’m from Florida.  I was born and raised in Miami – a fact that seems strange to most people because I am neither cool, cutting edge, party-crazy or Latin.  I am white and quiet and yet I am from Miami.  How did this happen? Needless to…

The song from Frozen I wish my kids didn’t listen to…

My kids listen to the Frozen soundtrack all the time… It’s in our car, it’s in our house — at this point it’s in our very souls.  I find myself singing it even without my kids around, which is sad, really, but I’ve definitely had worse kids songs trapped in my head.  (“Elmo raps the alphabet” probably tops that list.) And I love the whole Frozen phenomenon.  I really do.  I’m so glad there’s a successful kid’s movie out there…

Bad weather fashion freak out…

It’s been pouring rain here all week, Emerson and August have colds and a storm knocked down one of our huge oak trees and crushed the goat’s fence.  It took two days for Bill to chain saw the dead tree off the fence and then repair the fence.  During those two days, the goats rampaged our entire property – breaking into our garden, the chicken coop and a storage shed where they ate four rolls of paper towels and a…

Why I love the library…

My kids and I go to the library at least once a week.  I love the fact that free books for everyone still exists in America.  It’s such a beautiful idea brought to you by none other than Benjamin Franklin in the 1700s.  Here’s a quote from Ben – “These Libraries have improved the general Conversation of Americans, made the common Tradesman and Farmers as intelligent as most Gentlemen from other Countries, and perhaps have contributed in some Degree to…

The truth about calamari…

Recently in our newspaper there have been all these articles about the FDA shutting down a horribly run local slaughterhouse.  Apparently, the demonic owners of this slaughterhouse were killing cows with cancer and then selling their tumor-ridden meat to stores all across America.  Yum! “Mommy, why is my hamburger extra lumpy today?” “Oh, I don’t know, dear.  They must be doing something special over at Rancho slaughterhouse.” I was talking to my friend about the Rancho slaughterhouse when she said,…

It’s another shopping post!

This is the third post in a row I’ve written full of suggestions of things I think you must buy, so I’m starting to feel a little like some creepy QVC blog.  However, today’s shopping post is for a good cause. My son’s school. It’s a super-duper-hippie-crunchy-public-Waldorf-school that I love sooooooo much and they barely have enough money to keep the lights on.  So every year we have an online auction to help raise money to help pay for things…

The perfect white shirt…

As a mom, I have sworn off wearing white for years.  Fo me, it’s not the color of hope and spring, but the color of stains and heartbreak.  I couldn’t even imagine wearing anything white at all without running through the yard being chased by kids and animals and yelling, “Nobody touch me!” But all that changed a couple of days ago when my daughter and I made our semi-annual trip to H&M.  The closest H&M to our home is…

Must have cashmere sweaters…

I’ve been on the hunt recently for a kind of oversized-super-comfy-boyfriend-looking-sweater that, when paired with skinny jeans, will cover my butt.  I’ve had no luck whatsoever finding this mythical rear-hiding bit of fabulousness… until a few days ago when I received an email from C & C California. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten an email from this company before but somehow they must have heard my fashion prayers and decided to answer them. Right now — this very instant…

My favorite eco beauty products…

Ever since my month as Eco Mama, I’ve been really careful about the products I put on my body.  Out went the Pantene, in went the super expensive conditioner from Whole Foods that made my hair look like a tangled bale of straw.  For a while I wondered if it was actually possible to buy healthy beauty products that worked and didn’t just help the Earth.  I mean, seriously, can’t I look good while saving the planet? The first product…

My favorite prescription medication ad ever…

This year, one of my New Years’ Resolutions is to understand the financial world and not just glaze over when I find myself in a conversation about stocks and bonds and mutual blah, blah, blah… See?  I’m already bored.  This resolution definitely has its challenges. I feel like it’s important to learn about finances not only for me, but for my kids.  By the time they grow up, I certainly don’t want to just fling them out into the world…

A Road Trip…

Last week, my son, Buck and I took our first ever solo trip together.  I wrote an episode of a television show called, “Melissa and Joey” (watch it on ABC Family!) and I thought it was a great opportunity to take Buck to the show’s taping and try to convince him that I have more skills than just getting ketchup stains off of his t-shirts.  I’m not sure I convinced him though.  The thing that Buck seemed most impressed by…

Emerging from my fashion coma…

Ever since my year-long-fashion-quest ended, I must admit, I have been in a state of complete burn out.  The daily posts, plus putting myself in a questionable outfit every day brought me into 2014 feeling exhilarated, but definitely emotionally and physically ragged.  I tried to continue to think and talk about clothes and style, but honestly, I’d rather talk about the weather.  Or how paint dries.  Or the Kardashians.  Any other banal, dreadful mind-numbing topic would have been preferable as…

What to get the male species for Valentine’s Day…

I hate Valentine’s Day.  There.  I said it.  And that doesn’t make me an un-romantic person.  It’s just that my idea of romance isn’t someone feeling forced to buy me flowers because it’s a national holiday.  What are we all, just a bunch of sheep?  Don’t answer that.  Let’s all just say Baaaaah. Valentine’s Day has always been a traumatic experience in my life.  I remember in high school you could secretly buy someone a carnation and send it to…

Celebrate Lung Leavin’ Day…

Recently, a mom named Heather asked me to share her story of triumph over cancer on my blog.  Heather had a type of cancer you get from asbestos exposure and she ended up having to remove (get ready) one of her lungs.  She now celebrates her survival on a day she calls “Lung Leavin’ Day”. Heather, her husband and daughter invite a bunch of friends over for a bonfire, then write all their fears on plates (I’m guessing the kind…