Trick or Treat

Halloween started with carving pumpkins. Then we moved inside to build a haunted candy house. This craft required Bryan’s skilled craftsmanship. And little did we know that you the house needs to be built in many stages — assembling the house, the roof, and then decorating. This is something they should specify on the box. […]

Farewell Yia Yia

It’s a cold and rainy October evening. The clouds are gray and full. I’m feeling sad tonight because our beloved Yia Yia (Greek for Grandmother) passed away today. The last time I felt this way was 14 years ago to the exact date of today, another rainy and cold October night. Only this was the day […]

How Do You Explain Death to Children?

My mother-in-law’s loving little cocker spaniel, Sadie, died this week. She was 10-years-old and had some health problems. But even though it was not a surprise, saying good-bye to a pet is always hard. My family is still mourning the loss of the family retriever, Max. As I was thinking about Sadie and my mother-in-law, […]

Sustainability and a 100th Post Giveaway

We as a family try to be very conscious of the things we can control with respect to “greening-up” and sustaining our environment. I bring my own canvas bags grocery shopping. We recycle everything – from junk mail, to water bottles, to soup cans. Everything gets tossed into our recycle box. I kid you not; […]

The Great Pumpkin Patch

As Sophie gets older, the holiday traditions seem to get more fun. This was certainly the case for our annual visit to Bates Nut Farm pumpkin patch. Bates is a San Diego mainstay. They harvest their own pumpkins – from Big Macs to jack-o-lanterns to squashes – right in their own fields. This pumpkin patch […]

I Wanna Quit the Cable

Do you remember that episode of Friends where Chandler and Ross were desperate to quit the gym? “I wanna quit the gym!” was all they could muster. Yet at every turn, the gym would entice them with some new offer or good-looking salesperson to keep them as customers. Well, this is how I feel about […]

Halloween: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s Halloween – my absolute favorite holiday! I don’t know what it is about this spooky day, but Halloween has been my favorite holiday since I was a little kid. It was so exciting to pull out the Halloween window decorations and display them in our home. Mom would take us to the library where […]

What’s in a Name?

We young Jews have quite a dilemma these days. I’m not talking about the economic crisis or whether to buy an iPad now or wait until later. I’m talking about – quite simply – how we honor our Jewish heritage with the name. Ever since I became engaged ten years ago, the concept of the […]

Hidden Veggies and Jambalaya

Several years ago I purchased Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food, which is all about how to successfully sneak veggies into your kid’s food using purees. At the time, I didn’t buy this book with that overall goal in mind. I bought it because I thought it was […]