From the category archives:


Creative Quality Time

December 19, 2014

One of my favorite parts of the holidays aside from the fun traditions; the tree trimming, cookie decorating and waiting for that Elf to make an appearance, is time with all of the kids while they’re home from school. I love that our schedules aren’t overly packed and there is minimal rushing around from one […]

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Total Immersion Parenting

December 9, 2014

It didn’t take long after we returned from our family vacation in New York City for us to be completely thrown back into our normal life. The kids have taken turns getting colds and staying home from school, we celebrated Beau’s birthday over the weekend, Justin’s back in the office and I just got home […]

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Holidays in Their Eyes

December 4, 2014

While family truly encompasses the spirit of the holidays, New York City is like the tinsel on the Christmas Tree. The magic in the air swirling around the chilly buildings within the streets of Manhattan is nearly palpable. Up until we moved to the city five years ago, I had never felt Christmas like I […]

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Magical Childhood Memories

December 3, 2014

During our four years in New York City, one of my favorite stories from our life there happens to be one of the things that bothered me incredibly when we were actually living it. Each year at Christmas time, we’d shuffle around the boxes from underneath our bed and unearth our plastic, pre-lit tree. Justin […]

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Making Time for Eachother

December 1, 2014

I can count on one hand how many dates I’ve been on with my husband in the past year.Give or take one or two nights, we went out for our anniversary, one night before Evvie was born, and once for Justin’s birthday. It’s not something I’m proud of, obviously, but given all that we’ve had […]

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Finding Enough

November 30, 2014

Something I think about every time I’m in NYC is how incredibly anxious I was at the thought of raising my kids here. Coming from my cozy little town surrounded by family, it seemed dirty and scary and positively the last place I envisioned myself to be even semi-permanently with my babies. Until I got […]

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Dressing Up in Holiday Glee (plus a special offer)

November 26, 2014

I love the laid-back atmosphere of our little beach town. There are few, if any, reasons to get dressed up (or get dressed at all, lets be real) on any given day here in Santa Cruz. The dress code is surfer-chic; On any given day we can all be found sporting our flip-flops and hoodies, […]

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Rain Dance

November 23, 2014

There are a handful of memories that I have from my childhood that I hold on to. Some of them, my favorite memories, are random and otherwise insignificant; A day at the movies with my mom and sister, an evening catching fire flies with my cousins in our front yard, and one with just my […]

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The Storyteller

November 20, 2014

Today when Zoe jumped in the car at school pickup, she launched into a story practically gasping for air in between details. Her little mouth is clearly working much slower than her brain would like, but the words just trickle off of her tounge without barely waiting for the rest of her to catch up. […]

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Rhythm and Water

November 17, 2014

For whatever reason, Justin and I have lived near water together throughout our marriage. The two of us grew up about 20 minutes south of where we live in Santa Cruz, and spent some of our most formative years playing in the same sand that our children do now. When he was accepted to dental […]

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