• Family

    Pick Your Path. Celebrate your Victory.

    We have all heard the phrase “pick your battle.” We have probably used it when talking about co-workers or work situations, friends, relatives, store associates, driving on the freeway, the coffee barista… I, for one, have had this phrase come to mind much, much, much more since I have become a parent. Probably even more now that the babes are finding their boundaries and testing how far they can push me to get their way. I, being a competitive person, don’t ever want to lose so this can become quite a long and tricky situation for all involved. Some battles are bigger than others but the situation usually ends the…

  • Food

    Strawberry Crinkle Cookies

    I have always loved being in the kitchen and I fondly look back to when I would sit on the kitchen counter and help my mom or grandma pour, mix, measure all the delicious ingredients to make something sweet. I found this fun strawberry cookie recipe from Meatloaf and Melodrama that looked like something Sloane would enjoy. For her, it’s all about getting her hands messy and putting sprinkles on everything. Even though my type A personality tries to come out and ruin her fun, I was able to resist the urge to clean and just make the cookies myself and let Sloane do (almost) everything. From helping her use…

  • Family

    Shock and Awe

    You never know how you are going to react to a situation until you are in it. It is so easy to say you would do this or that while watching a t.v. show or a movie. I am guilty of it everytime I watch “Big Brother”. But to really be involved in it and use split second thinking is another. I had that moment today. Looking back, I may have handled this particular moment differently. It has been so hot and humid here we went to an indoor play place with slides and tunnels. It was Sloane, Dempsey and another little boy with his mother there. I watched through…

  • Food

    No-Fail Lemon & Garlic Roasted Chicken

    Even though my husband lovingly refers to himself as a “vegetarian by association” and even though he doesn’t eat meat all that often since we have been married, he still enjoys some meat protein. I, on the other hand, have a difficult time cooking meat because I don’t taste it, i season based on site, I don’t know when it is “done” or if it is cooked correctly. But, I want to be able to provide meals that my family enjoy. I really enjoy being in the kitchen and would love to be as versed and well rounded as possible. As the only vegetarian in my family, cooking for my…

  • Family

    One Way Ticket: SFO-AKL

    Dustin was on a work trip for 2 weeks before we left for New Zealand. This was the longest we have ever been apart since having Sloane & Dempsey. And as much as I was dreading him leaving, it really flew by. The first week was probably worst because I was really doubting myself in general. I felt as though I was in this whirlwind of unrealistic expectations and couldn’t find my way out of the storm. Feelings of inadequacy, stress, sadness, loneliness swallowed me and left me gasping for air and I really needed a good cry. Once the 2nd week rolled around I was grooving through the days…

  • Food

    Semi-Vegetarian Family

    I have been a vegetarian for as long as I can remember. When I was around 5, i would spit my chicken out into a napkin and waiting until dinner was over to go throw it away in the toilet. I don’t enjoy the taste, texture or smell of meat. I would never force this on anyone, including my kids and my husband. It is my personal choice and I try to make our daily routine work for all of us so that my being a vegetarian is not a burden. Dinner is more of a challenge but Dustin and I have come to make it work for us without…

  • Family

    Trust In You

    A few years ago Dustin, Sloane and I had the opportunity to move to London. We took our 15 month old baby on a 10 hour flight to visit and prepare our family for a big move. We stayed for 2 weeks in a TINY hotel room. Tiny as in you walk in and you are in the bedroom/living space. The bathroom was fairy large which ended up working out for us since we would move Sloane’s cot in there for her bedtime. It was tough for many reasons. I was a new mama so I was overly paranoid about everything and super strict about naps times and eating schedules.…

  • Family

    The Battle Was Lost

    Hysterical crying…Irrational thinking…Epic tantrums…Timeouts… You think I’d be speaking of my threenager but no, it was meFull parental meltdown.Dustin left for a work trip to London for 2 weeks. Leaving me home alone with the babes, 3 weeks before we depart for New Zealand. No big deal. I got this!As soon as we dropped him off at BART, it was like the kids knew something had changed and it was constant screaming and whining from my littles until finally, 4 days later, mommy had her own meltdown. Maybe it was the stress of packing whenever I had a moment. Maybe it was the lack of sleep. Maybe it was because…

  • Family

    The Beginning…

    I’m not even sure where to begin. The beginning of it all doesn’t seem like the right spot. So I’ll start in my present state. I am sitting at my kitchen nook, feeding my kids an assorted lunch of pasta, watermelon, string cheese and pink goldfish crackers because, why not? Our dogs, Gypsy and Darby, are sitting at the kids feet, waiting for a dropping of food. And when i say dropped food, I mean pushed over the edge of the high chair by my 18-month old son Dempsey or hand fed by my 3 year old daughter, Sloane. I had a bit of a crying moment thinking about everything…