Holidaze

Do you remember when the Elf on the Shelf first came on the Christmas scene? It was back in the day when small bookstores still dotted neighborhoods, which is where I first saw the Elf, and his book. This was back before the Elf had clothes, gender identity, pets,...
I’m not usually a Bah Humbug kind of girl, but this year I’m in a bit of a funk. Maybe it’s a year of politics that has me wishing for a third party. Or no party. Maybe it’s a year of “#metoo” and realizing that I think life is more like...
I miss the days when I could just sink money into the most adorable Disney Princess Halloween costumes possible. Katie has been Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, Anna from Frozen, Sleeping Beauty (which at the time was before Katie perfected her speech articulation and she called her Cheapy Booty...
  We’ve done this routine before. Mother’s Day. Smiles, flowers, breakfast in bed. And a few realities too. This is how it will play out tomorrow. 6 a.m. I hear Katie stirring. She is an early riser. She comes into my bed and snuggles and whispers “Happy Mother’s Day!” She is...
Trust me. You want these things too. The only problem is that they haven’t been invented yet. I bet the new year can make it happen. Christmas (and Hanukkah, and Kwanza, and Yule) has come and gone and I’m still picking up pieces of wrapping paper that have hidden themselves...
I will admit it. Thanksgiving is stressing me out a little this year.  Don’t get me wrong – I love Thanksgiving – it’s actually my favorite holiday.  If Thanksgiving were the only thing I had to do I’d be fine. But there’s all this other stuff in my life...
What you’re bringing for Thanksgiving can tell you a lot about what your host thinks of you…. You think that when you’re asked to bring the cranberry sauce you’re off the hook – easy peasy.  Or is it? Is your host giving you an easy item because they know you...
Many of you have asked me to update you on how Halloween went here in our neck of the woods of New Jersey this year. (Click here for the original post Jersey Kids and the Halloween Huh).  We did great – with just a few hiccups – so I...
So if you don’t live in New Jersey, you may not have a clue what I’m talking about.  Then again, most folks living outside of NJ look at our Sopranos / NJ Turnpike / how do you live with that many people in such a small state and raise...
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