Holdiay shopping for my tweens, up close and personal at Radio Shack

holiday shopping for tweens at radio shack

Recently, a friend mentioned that she loves walking around the mall during the holiday season because she finds it relaxing and inspiring. I’m sorry. WHAT?! I am all about sitting on my couch in front of the fireplace, Caramel Brûlée Latte in hand and Love Actually on the screen, ordering gifts. I try to do that for […]

Giveaway! Disney Mickey & Minnie shower heads help make showers fun

Disney's Mickey & Minnie Shower Heads by Oxygenics

Looking for a creative, useful gift that will last? New this month, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Combination Shower Heads are making a splash in the shower!  This new line of Disney licensed themed shower heads are making showering fun for children, and the water-saving shower heads help adults reap the environmental and budget-friendly benefits. As […]

Create. Explore. Do. Their way.

how to help kids be more creative

Some may say I’m the mean mom. I’m the mom that kicks the kids outside and tells them they can’t come back in. I’m the mom that announces “no electronics for the next 90 minutes!” and doesn’t tell the kids what to do next. I’m the mom that takes the snacks outside, places them on the […]

December family menu planner

december meal plan family dinner menu

Last week’s Slow-Cooker Taco Soup, which was really more of a Chicken Taco Chili was amazing. I found that when I mixed in sour cream it was even better, as the cream balanced the spice. If you didn’t have a chance to make it last week, substitute it in this week. So good!! We also […]

If you’re not shopping Hautelook, you’re spending too much


We love style. We love fashion. We love good deals. We love fashion that shows our style at excellent deals. So, allow me to tell you about Hautelook, an obsession I’ve been rather quiet about. A division of Nordstrom, Hautelook offers significant discounts off designer-label clothing for him, her, and the kids, as well as […]

Favorite Hanukkah books for children

Hanukkah children's books for the family to enjoy (Chanukah)

As I unpacked our holiday boxes on Monday, I giggled at myself. On our coffee table now sit 4 Hanukkah books and 2 Christmas books. For someone who has complained for a few years about the lack of selection, I’ve definitely taken an interest in finding books to teach the holiday to my kids.   […]

Figure out the Princess hairstyle secrets

great gifts for little girls (and moms) obsessed with princess hairstyles

My five-year-old daughter is obsessed with hairstyles, especially princess hairstyles. While I remember the days I’d play with my babysitters hair and my mom’s hair, just like she does, she has a new hairstyle outlet that I didn’t have years ago — YouTube videos and Android and iOS apps. She could sit and watch girls […]

When your family is “both” — Interfaith Holiday Books for Children

interfaith books to help your family celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas

Having an Interfaith family has many joys and celebrations — but explaining traditions and the religions aren’t always easy for children. The Interfaith holiday books listed below help introduce families to ways to explain Interfaith celebrations to others, as well as offer suggestions and ideas for family traditions for celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah. My […]

Great chapter books for grades 3-5 (Great holiday gifts!)

chapter books for elementary kids -- makes a great gift!

Parents contact me often asking for book recommendations. The books listed below are a mix of adventurous and funny realistic and historic fiction chapter books for kids in grades 3-5. I Survived series When Middle was 5, I found I Survived Hurricane Katrina at a Scholastic Book Fair. I had some concern that introducing my […]

Meal plan for December

december meal plan family dinner menu

I can’t even begin to tell you the relief I felt last week when I ran to the grocery store armed with my list. Everyone is so frazzled… I actually handed off my list and this link to another shopper that I ran into. Sort of a “don’t worry, hun. I’ve been there. Hopefully, the […]