From the category archives:


The Ultimate Babymoon

July 28, 2014

The following post was sponsored by JetBlue Getaways. My husband and I are very different when it comes to budgeting. He comes from a family that prioritizes vacation and saves yearly for them. I prefer to spend as needed on daily activities and other various expenses without thinking too much about it. Justin grew up […]

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5 Reasons To Take A Babymoon Vacation

July 20, 2014

My husband and I are currently in Turks & Caicos celebrating our babymoon, which is actually our very first vacation as a married couple, just the two of us. For various reasons involving circumstance and finances, we just haven’t been able to get away. I mean, we went on maybe a handful of date nights […]

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One Splendid Summer

July 15, 2014

This summer has been everything a summer should be. The kids have spent so much time playing with friends old and new in our neighborhood, VBS, baseball, soccer and ballet camps and we just took the best vacation ever over the Fourth of July weekend with Justin’s parents Hugh and Cheryl (Papa and Gran Gran). […]

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On the Road Again with Britax

May 22, 2014

The following post was sponsored by Britax, the leader in mobile safety for 70 years. We are mobile again and happy to be doing so safely! We didn’t own a car for four years while living in Manhattan. Jack and Zoe were so young that traveling with them on the subway and bus lines was […]

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The Road to Disneyland: Spending Smartly

May 7, 2014

Our road trip to Anaheim–the Magical Kingdom on this side of the Mississippi–was filled with tons of excitement. The kids are the perfect ages for Disneyland and knew enough about what to expect to be filled with anticipation for weeks leading up to our extra special weekend. We were also excited, although a little anxious, […]

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Big City of Dreams

February 25, 2014

From where I sit at my desk in the corner of our master bedroom typing this, there are three diplomas on the wall. All three belong to my husband, and he worked incredibly hard for those achievements. Rather than being a brag-wall for himself, those diplomas are hanging proudly for our children to see and […]

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Life Instruments

October 10, 2013

My mother’s relatives came to America on the proverbial, yet very literal boat from Greece. My grandfather, also from Greece, had picked my grandmother out of a photo to be his wife after his own arrival from the gorgeous country and they separately made their way through Ellis Island. Chrysoula, my YiaYia, had worked in […]

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To Guatemala with Love

September 13, 2013

By the time we depart Guatemala on Sunday, we will have been here seven days. That’s close to four days longer than I have ever been apart from any of my children. I knew going into this experience that it would be a challenge for me to be so far away from my babies, and […]

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Guatemala, Day Two: Las Madres

September 12, 2013

There have been a few times in my life when the very basic principals of my own humanity were the only things keeping me hopeful. Being alone with Jack in the crowded emergency room while he went through rounds of steroids to rescue him from anaphylactic shock, not being able to call anyone to come […]

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Guatemala, Day One: Exposed

September 11, 2013

Last month I went into the government office in Santa Cruz and applied for my very first passport. In the seat next to me sat a gentleman applying with his intended for a marriage license, the same spot I sat in to do the very same thing 7 years ago. She mentioned that she was […]

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