• As kids get older they participate in activities that don't require parents to stay and hang out. Use those odd bits of time to your advantage—everything from focusing on self-care to catching up on work.

    Make the Most of the Time Between Your Kids’ Activities

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #ServeWithACoke #CollectiveBias As kids get older they participate in activities that don’t require parents to stay and hang out. Use those odd bits of time during your kids’ activities to your advantage—everything from focusing on self-care to catching up on work. If you’d asked me about free time a few years ago, I would have said, “What free time?” Fast-forward to today, and I still find myself shuttling kids to a myriad of after-school activities, but there’s a big difference: I don’t need to stay. Oh, sure. Our almost-teen daughter sometimes enjoys…

  • Choosing to assume positive intent in my life has been a game changer. Find out why!

    The Importance Of Choosing Positive Intent

    Choosing to assume positive intent in my life has been a game changer. Find out why! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WellYesMoment #CollectiveBias There’s a lot to learn when you become an adult. Some are transactional in nature. Things like budgeting, taking care of regular car maintenance, preparing Thanksgiving dinner, or understanding when to take your sick kids to the doctor. Others lessons, though, are kind of ethereal in nature and more difficult to accomplish—things like changing behavior and learning to have an open mind. A few years ago I was invited to join a parenting group for…

  • Check out these amazing summertime food, activities, crafts, and beauty tips!

    34 Summertime Treats and Fun Ideas

    Summertime’s in full swing and I’m really excited to share some amazing warm weather food, activities, crafts, and beauty tips, curated from the blog-o-sphere. This crew is sizzling with amazing ideas to make your summer even more enjoyable and you’ll love this round-up of amazing summer time posts, thanks to SoFab, filled with ideas and yummy treats! Food 1. Hawaiian Acai Bowl by Wanderzest 2. Margarita Bark recipe by Mom on the Side 3. Black Raspberry Frappé by (a)Musing Foodie 4. Strawberry Cheesecake Puffs by Moore or Less Cooking 5. Stay Hydrated during Migraines {Natural Pineapple Lime Electrolyte Drink} by Great Contradictions 6. Iced Coconut Mocha with Starbucks® by One Artsy Mama 7. Easy…

  • What is it about summer that makes reading seem so much more inviting? I have a long list of books I've been waiting to start, and vacation seems like the best place to dig in!

    Summer Reading List for Vacation

    What is it about summer that makes reading seem so much more inviting? I have a long list of books I’ve been waiting to start, and vacation seems like the best place to dig in! Just like the dead of winter, hot and steamy summer days make me want to read. I’m guessing it has to do with wanting to be inside, curled up on the couch and away from extreme weather. This past week, Marylanders were faced with temps over 90°F. Before noon. By lunch grew to something ungodly … like 110°F. Well, with humidity, because here just the heat isn’t enough. You have to be able to swim through…

  • 16 TV Shows To Binge

    My favorite things to do when I’m not working (and I don’t have any other obligations) are reading, watching movies, or getting sucked into a television series—I’m always looking for new tv shows to binge. In fact, our living room TV is mounted above the fire place, surrounded by books that live on the mantle. My desk, where all the writing takes place, is only a few feet away. It’s like all my favorite things in one place! It used to be you had to wait painstaking week, after painstaking week, for a new episode of a favorite show. And, even if you were able to find a show to…

  • During vacation season, reading becomes a front-and-center activity as toes are dipped in sand, lazy Sundays on the back porch abound, and the fast-paced school year has come to an end. I'm sharing one of my favorite books you should add to your collection: "Garlic and Sapphires," by Ruth Reichl.

    Garlic and Sapphires

    If you haven’t read Garlic and Sapphires, by Ruth Reichl, then it’s time to add it to your library. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This post may contain affiliate links. “This is one of those times I wish you were still a meat-eater,” I muttered to my sister. Wait, let me back up a little first. In 2011, I finished reading Garlic and Sapphires, Ruth Reichl’s honest autobiographical account of her costumed journey as the New York Times food critic in the ’90s. To…

  • Bacon and eggs on a crispy waffle is just one of fifteen awesome "breakfast for dinner" ideas in this round-up!

    15 Awesome Breakfast for Dinner Ideas

    Mmm… Eggs, bacon and waffles. It’s one of the most classic, all-time best breakfast (or breakfast for dinner) options out there. Light and fluffy waffles, a little crispy around the edges, are the best for soaking in all the golden yellow yolk-y goodness of a perfectly cooked sunny-side-up fried egg, simply prepared with a T-fal frying pan, a little butter, salt and pepper. Thank you to Krusteaz® and T-fal® for sponsoring this glorious post about one of our favorite family meals: breakfast night!  And bacon! How can you go wrong with that salty, smoky, crunchy bacon bite?? It’s an excellent savory accent to the mild vanilla sweetness of a Krusteaz…

  • Explore "Edible Communities" in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic!

    Edible Communities

    Funny things can happen when you talk about blogging with people. Often, you find out (after they’ve browsed your site) they share similar interests … interests that you may never have stumbled upon in conversation, otherwise. This happened to me a few years ago during a chat with a co-worker who happens to be—unbeknownst to me—a serious foodie. Not only do he and his wife love to dine out, they also love to cook (think 4-course Christmas Eve spread, complete with a roast good and all the trimmings), AND they love to read food blogs! It’s interesting to get some perspective from someone who’s not a part of the blogging world about…