Homemade “Thank You” Notes (or Recycled Art)

If you’re like me, you’re not sure whether to keep all the art projects your child creates. I go back and fourth. On one hand, I hate to toss Sophie’s work. But on the other, there will be many, many more projects to keep. So recently when Sophie decided to create several dot paintings, instead […]

Thanksgiving Recap and Recipes

I love Thanksgiving. I love a holiday that’s centered around my favorite things — family, food and cooking. No gift-giving. Just good, old-fashioned eating and enjoying the day. My Thanksgiving started out with sleeping in (thank you, Sophie) and the annual viewing of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I don’t know why, but I love […]

Matzo Stuffing: A Jewish Twist on Thanksgiving

My childhood Thanksgivings did not simply mean the traditional turkey and pumpkin pie in my family. My mother always gave the all-American holiday a Jewish twist by making matzo stuffing to go with the bird. Matzo is an unleavened bread (like a cracker) traditionally eaten during the Jewish holiday of Passover. However, most grocery stores […]

Why I’m Anti Antibacterial Gel

This post will be a bit controversial and many of you will be appalled. Contrary to popular opinion, I’m not going to die by not using antibacterial gel. I’m also not going to be annihilated because I don’t get a flu shot. And I fed Sophie peanut butter before her first birthday. I can hear […]

It’s Hip to Be Jewish

Remember growing up and your parents would say things like, “You kids have it easy.” And, “When I was your age…” These are their feeble attempts at proving to us how tough their lives were compared to ours. Interestingly enough, I find myself uttering a similar sentiment with respect to being Jewish. When I was […]

Over the Rainbow to Sophie’s 3rd Birthday

My sweet Sophie turned 3-years-old today. She (physically) came into this world at 8:49 a.m. on November 9, 2007. Sophie was not budging after 24 hours of induced labor. So the doctor went in and grabbed her via C-section (a full story for another day). And from that moment, life hasn’t been the same! She’s […]

The Journey to the Bow of the Boat

Bryan and I recently had the pleasure of sailing the San Diego Bay on a beautiful November day. The sky was blue, the weather was crisp, and the sun was shining on us. We were with a group of friends, enjoying the surroundings and chatting together. Little did I know, however, that part of this […]

What Have You Learned, Leah?

Today I turned 35-years-old. I started thinking about all the truisms and life lessons I’ve learned in my 35 years. So to that, I quote one of my favorite movie characters, the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, “What have you learned, Dorothy?” Well, here is what I’ve learned. 1. Don’t start using credit cards. […]