How My Kitchen Works : Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping

How My Kitchen Works : Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping

Just a little organization goes a long way.  When I’m not organized, I’m a little crazy.  Seriously, I’m not a good mom, I’m not a good wife, I’m not good to myself.  I’m cranky and I start to make bad choices.  I’ve always loved to cook, and I’ve always been pretty organized.  So when I’m off, and I’m not planning and organizing my meals, I’m a mess and everyone suffers. Meal Planning: Every Sunday I develop our meal plan for…

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A Day Off

A Day Off

For the first time in a long time, my husband and I had the day off of parenting today. Ahhhhhh. We decided to go without a plan. Just enjoy the beautiful fall air, the amazing foliage, and climb Mount Washington. In our car. For as long as my parents have been living in Maine (you can basically see Mount Washington from their house), combined with all of the years of visits to Maine & New Hampshire, I had never been,…

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Yes, he’s mine.

Yes, he’s mine.

I was 41 when I gave birth to my son. I was fortunate. I was successful in my position as Director of Training at a non-profit, had lived my 20’s and 30’s enjoying my friends, and family, and found the love of my life at 39. For decades, what I feared would never happen, did. We got pregnant shortly after our wedding and 9 months later our beautiful little boy came into the world.  He came into my life. I wasn’t…

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Here’s to Our Preschool Graduate!

Here’s to Our Preschool Graduate!

I never would have thought that a preschool “graduation” could be so bittersweet.  SO many emotions that day.  We basically went from having a preschooler, to a school-aged child in the matter of minutes, and since he is our one and only, I was happy and wanting time to stop all at the same time.  He has told me several times that he doesn’t want to go to kindergarten unless he can take his teacher with him, and unless they…

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The Joy of Discovering Nature With Your Kids

The Joy of Discovering Nature With Your Kids

All kids love to be outside, and most kids aren’t outside nearly enough.  I mean honestly, if you keep kids inside you’re just asking for trouble. If they are going crazy “jumping off the walls” as we tend to say….well then take them where there aren’t any walls! There are all sorts of studies out there now that reference why it’s important to get kids outside. Since the time that kids started spending less and less time outside and more time…

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Planning Our “Mostly Unplanned” Summer Vacation

Planning Our “Mostly Unplanned” Summer Vacation

The end of the school year is almost here!  Nicholas is finishing preschool, and his last day is June 1st.  Now I’m asking the question every parent asks – how did it go so fast? I want to be a little bit selfish this summer.  All him, all me, all the time.  He’s starting kindergarten in the fall, and I want to soak up every moment with him before full school days start.  When I asked him what he’d like to…

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