Wine, Dine, Party Time: A Weekend in Wine Country

Dave and I made our third trek out to wine country recently, and I swear that my soul belongs on that coast.  I don’t know why my family stopped short in the Midwest when emigrating from Italy, but they should have kept going.  Each time, we return with a little more knowledge and a lot […]

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One

Our babies turned one this month.  And as much joy as we have for this celebration, there’s a bittersweetness there too.  Mostly because they’re our last babies.  So the end of this year marks a close to a lot of the mothering experience for us: the last time we’re pregnant, the last newborn smell, the […]

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Easy Hairstyles for the Work Week

Every year I tell my students there are 3 things you should never ask a lady: 1. How old are you? 2. How much do you weigh? and 3. Is that you real hair color [because, no it’s not]. Lately I’ve been thinking about adding a 4th never to that list- How long has it […]

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A Letter to My Daughter

My baby turns one tomorrow.  One year ago today, the night before she was born, I sat at this same computer with a swollen belly and a box-full of tissues, writing this letter to my son. Full of love and fear, I sobbed and worried and dreamed about how this tiny person would change all […]

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Re-purposing Old Clothes

We are in the dreaded in-between rut of late February.  We’re in between seasons.  Between sizes. Between sleep cycles.  And, man, are we feeling the rut.  This week I went to Target by myself for a whole hour and I didn’t buy anything.  I went to Target by myself for a whole hour and didn’t […]

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Ice Princesses

Feeling the sharp pangs of the special and localized mom-guilt that comes when your attention is divided because you now have two kids, Erinn and I decided to give our first-borns some much needed one-on-one time and planned a mommy-son double date to Disney on Ice. Full disclosure, I am not a Disney person.  Don’t […]

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Pop of Color

As a recovering black-on-black-on-black addict, as I’ve discussed here, every day is a struggle to rainbow-fy my wardrobe. I don’t have a perfect record, and if I buy one more black top or flowy cardigan, I’m going to officially become the physical embodiment of the stereotypical drama teacher who looks like she just walked out […]

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Mad for Plaid

The year is 1995.  By day I was faking my way through the lyrics of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and by night I was dreaming of Jordan Catalano.  I stood in front of my dad’s closet and gaped in awe at the glory before me. The ultimate stash of 90’s over-sized flannel plaid button-ups.  He, […]

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Holiday Looks

Even though holiday season can be stressful..travel, family, money…there is nothing we love more than a chance to get all dressed up and sip some cocktails. And let’s face it, our opportunities to do this are pretty few and far between. This season we are taking full advantage of the fact that we are not […]

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The Christmas Card Photo Shoot

I know social media has essentially rendered Christmas cards useless, but it’s a holiday tradition I just can’t give up.  We display our holiday cards proudly as an essential component of the Christmas decor.  To those of you who send me one, know that I absolutely love them and I audibly “ooh” and “ahh” over […]

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