Do YOU Know What a Javelina Is?

Chances are that unless you live in the Arizona desert, you will answer “no” to the question above. I had no idea there was such thing as a javelina until just recently. And of course, I have Sophie to thank for this enlightenment. Lets start at the beginning. Earlier this spring, Sophie came home from […]

Summer Time

Today is Memorial Day: the traditional kick-off of summer. So with that, and only four days of school remaining, here’s what our summer looks like. What will you be doing this summer?

Out with the Old

A few months ago, I finally tackled a project I was putting off for quite some time. I went through all my old clothes and decided what to keep and what to donate. Normally this type of activity does not cause me any angst. In fact, I love getting rid of things and making more space […]

Treasure Hunting

One of my favorite activities is finding hidden treasures at Goodwill Stores. This may seem like a strange activity, but it is so much fun! I have found countless books to read, artwork, picture frames, and kitchen decor, just to name a few. It’s amazing the very inexpensive items you can find that are unique […]

Reflections of a College Graduate … 14 Years Later

I remember the day as if it were yesterday; when in fact, it was 14 years ago this weekend. It was a sunny, May day when I walked across the stage of the San Diego State University Open Air Theatre to receive my college diploma. The day was surreal. I was proud, excited, and overwhelmed, […]

The “Joys” of Mother-Daughter Shoe Shopping

There are certain mother-daughter activities that many of us moms think will be filled with bliss. Shopping is one of those activities. More specifically, shoe shopping. Well let me be the first to tell you that shoe shopping is not necessarily all it’s cracked up to be. A few weeks ago, I took Sophie to […]

Penne with Havarti and Kalamata Olives

Do I have a treat for you! I’m sharing one of my signature, tried-and-true dishes. This is the dinner I bring to my friends after they’ve just had a baby. And it’s our Christmas Eve tradition. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you … Penne Pasta with Havarti and Kalamata Olives. The recipe was given to […]

My “A Ha” Moments

Oprah talks frequently about “a ha” moments, a concept that’s always resonated with me. I was thinking about this concept and recalled three very distinct moments where I had an epiphany, a realization – an “a ha” moment. Interestingly enough, all three moments are related to professional realizations. The first “a ha” moment occurred when […]

The Bitter and Sweet of Mother’s Day

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day, the holiday to honor thy mother/spouse/sister/daughter. And while my Mother’s Day was nice, I’ve come to the conclusion that this holiday is not all it’s cracked up to be. Let me explain. Mother’s Day brings with it the expectation that us mothers will have a blissfully pleasant day. There […]