Back to School

The Importance of Sleep

It would likely appear that sleep comes easy to the residents of our household, and while that may be true for some, it certainly hasn’t been that way from the beginning. We’ve been rocking, shushing, singing, reading, loving, listening and, ultimately, sleeping next to at...

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Jazzing Up Homework Time (and giving back!)

Thursday nights are a little hectic on the home front. By the time the end of the week approaches we’re all fairly exhausted, so I tend to make an easy dinner or order take-out and we buckle down to make sure Zoe’s homework is completed....

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Treasuring Teachers With Sweet Mementos

Heading back to school this year was bittersweet, and not just for me. I think that if Jack and Zoe could have chosen for themselves, in fact, they wouldn't have graduated out of their grades or transitioned out of their classes at all. They both...

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Fighting for Firsts and a Shot at Life

The introduction to preschool has brought many firsts for our family. We found out rather last minute that we'd be moving across the country, so the spot on the waiting list at the preschool in the Bay Area that I had reserved for Jack was...

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August 28th, 2014

Jack started his second day of second grade today. It was a long and lovely, somewhat unstructured summer during which he appears to have grown about a foot. His hair went from brown to blonde from long days at the beach and afternoons playing basketball...

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EveryDay Moments with Beau

My weeks with Beau in the morning are coming to a close. Pretty soon, he'll be starting at a school of his very own, a play-based preschool just up the road from us. His days will be somewhat short, but he's so incredibly excited to...

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Back to School & a Fancy Collaboration with Tea Collection

By the time September rolls around, the days are still hot and feel worn like a really great pair of leather boots. The sun is always welcome, but the hours stretch on as if ignoring that pestering shoulder tap coming from fall. We don't want...

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Needle on the Record

I sat down at my computer last night and went to upload a billion and a half photos from my iPhone and SLR. Unexpectedly, the following video showed up in my Flickr stream via my iPhone: (please excuse the vertical frame. sigh.) I probably watched it 8...

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American Living BTS Giveaway

My kids are now a week into school and truly loving every single moment. They love the confidence it brings, the creativity they are encouraged to explore, and their peers most of all. It's almost like having two new little kids at our house- the...

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Back to School: Little Lessons

The kids both started school on Monday of this week. Jack is in pre-kindergarten, and Zoe is in the preschool program at the same school as her brother, in the same room, with the same teachers. Which means they obviously go at different times in...

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LensCrafters & My Mini Makeover

Two times in my life I've had my vision checked-both times before I turned 16. I can't remember exactly what the reason was that I went in, but I imagine it was because I wasn't focusing well (turns out, it wasn't a vision issue). My...

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Back to School with American Living

September has begun, and while the official last day of summer isn't until the 21st we're preparing for fall and the inevitable back to school routine. Zoe will be starting her first official preschool classes while Jack will be in pre-kindergarten and even though they...

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