Why Parenting Backwards Might Work For You

The first time I got pregnant, I had a miscarriage at ten weeks.  While I was ecstatic when I got pregnant almost a year later, I was also scared to death that I could have another miscarriage.  I kept thinking that if I could just get past the eleven-week milestone, everything would be okay and … Continue reading

Add Staying Power To Your New Year Resolutions

I hate New Year’s resolutions.  Scratch that.  I think what I hate are lazy resolutions. You know—quit smoking, lose weight, eat healthier, exercise, blah, blah.  I feel like if you are going to pick one of the standard resolutions, the least you could do is be a little bit more creative.  So I’m sharing ways to add more flair to … Continue reading

Family Gift Guide: 8 Great Gifts To Bring Your Family Closer Together

As you finish up your holiday shopping, consider giving a gift that the family can enjoy.  Any gift that gives you the opportunity to connect with your loved ones in a meaningful way and create lasting memories is priceless. 1. Kids Responsibility Board  $48 This is a great way to practice responsibility and money management.  … Continue reading

Tips on How to Blend Family Holiday Traditions

Growing up Baptist in Newark, NJ, I didn’t know much about Judaism.  But after 16 years as a part of my husband’s family (he’s Jewish and African-American), I’ve learned that cheese kugel tastes very much like baked mac and cheese, how to sit shiva and that my mother-in-law is the queen of kvetching (love you, … Continue reading

Girlfriend Gift Guide: 10 Fab Gifts For Your Best Friend

I’ve been told I’m hard to shop for because I seem to have everything–which of course is totally NOT true!  So I’ve compiled a list of ten simple but fab gifts that I would be happy to receive and I’m sure any of your girlfriends would too. 1. Rebecca Minkoff Pop Phone for iPhone $48 … Continue reading

3 Things We Can Learn From Nucky Thompson and #BoardWalkEmpire

The other night I was replaying the epic season finale of HBO’s Board Walk Empire in my head and I realized I was reminded of a few life lessons along the way. 1. Gyp Rosetti: Don’t be afraid to take risks New York Gangster Gyp Rosetti blew through Atlantic City like hurricane Sandy, causing equivalent … Continue reading

Green Gift Guide: 10 Eco-Friendly Christmas Gifts for Kids

As you decorate your Christmas trees this holiday season, consider saving one by buying one of these eco-friendly toys: 1. Treasure Hunt Objects and Shapes Game (Begin Again Toys) $25 Give the treasure map to your pirate and let the hunt begin!  Your little explorer will loved this game that features 5 game ideas that introduce … Continue reading

4 Things That I’m Thankful For

As the holiday season begins, I wanted to share a few things that I am thankful for: 1. The 2012 election cycle is over As a resident of Ohio, I was bombarded with political ads for almost a year.  By the time it was all said and done, my daughter could tell you all of … Continue reading

Lost: Does Your Child Know What To Do?

Do you know who Paula Ebert is?  She’s the overprotective mom in the funny Capri Sun commercial.  It’s funny because if you are a parent, you totally understand Paula’s desire to protect her child at all costs, even at the risk of making a fool of herself.  But for every parent, there is that gut wrenching … Continue reading

Can You Bully-Proof Your Kid?

Bullying has gained increased public awareness over the last few years.  If you think back, I am sure you can recall a time when you were bullied, or when you were the bully.   Recently it hit close to home with my 6 year-old daughter Journey.  She came home about a month after school complaining that … Continue reading