writing

Finish Lines: Remembering the Boston Marathon Bombing

Four years ago today, at 9:00am on April 15th, 2013 I let myself into a beautiful brown stone apartment in the South End, just a hop skip and a jump away from the Boston Public Library and the Boston Marathon finish line. Hazel*, four years old with white silk hair and expressive green eyes looked… Continue reading Finish Lines: Remembering the Boston Marathon Bombing

food, Health

How My Dad Inspires Me To Be Healthy: Plus My SunBasket Trial

My dad turned 59 last week. Every birthday of his is a precious one and a great reminder to eat well, exercise, and find mind-body balance. Growing up, Dad often invited me to join him at the gym before going to school and on the weekends. I loved being the youngest kid in the row of elderly men and women… Continue reading How My Dad Inspires Me To Be Healthy: Plus My SunBasket Trial

Arts and crafts

Washi Tape Fashion Accessories

Pearl is obsessed with tape. If she's ever in a bad mood tape always brightens her spirits. She's been fighting a cold for the past week so we've been taking it easy. Less time at the playground means more time in the play room, which I don't mind at all. When Pearl stumbled upon the tape… Continue reading Washi Tape Fashion Accessories

writing

My Creative Journey as a Nanny and Writer

I moved to Boston the September after I graduated from UC Santa Barbara. I had gotten into Emerson College and was pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at  a great school for the arts, and I was really nervous. I knew two people in the city: one, a girl I hadn’t seen since high school… Continue reading My Creative Journey as a Nanny and Writer

Arts and crafts

Gorgeous Light Boxes for Play

I love these beautiful light boxes. They are gorgeous and so inviting. There's something special about playing in the dark, too, that feels intimate and is a great way to bond with your little tot. Ever notice how just being in a room with people and a Christmas tree somehow makes you feel warm and… Continue reading Gorgeous Light Boxes for Play

Arts and crafts

Build a City: Cardboard Boxes for Toddlers

I am one of Meri Cherry's biggest fans. Meri Cherry is an art teacher turned blogger turned businesswoman. I first discovered her blog a couple of years ago when I saw her rainbow spaghetti party on Pinterest and fell in love. I wouldn't be surprised if she knew me as "that fangirl" from my comments all… Continue reading Build a City: Cardboard Boxes for Toddlers

Arts and crafts

Process Art for Toddlers: Cardboard Birthday Cake

There's no shortage of uses for cardboard in my life. I always like to steal a box or two out of the recycled bin for a new project. Fortunately, Pearl's parents received three packages all gradually larger in size just in time to make her a birthday cake...that's right. A cardboard birthday cake. A couple of weeks ago… Continue reading Process Art for Toddlers: Cardboard Birthday Cake

children's books

Pearl’s Picks: Toot and Puddle Series by Hollie Hobbie

Toot and Puddle are some of my favorite characters from children's books and that's saying a lot. They're up there beside Frog and Toad and Curious George. In fact, I'm surprised that they aren't more popular and that I had to stumble upon them by accident (at the library of course) to discover them. Toot and Puddle are the… Continue reading Pearl’s Picks: Toot and Puddle Series by Hollie Hobbie

Caregiving, Parenting and Caregiving

On Mommy Shaming: Judge Less, Support Instead

A few weeks back I learned of the Victoria Beckham and Hilary Duff internet blow up over their Instagram photos of them kissing their children on the mouths. I'm not here to rant on whether they should or should not be doing that and that's the point of this entry. In my adult career as a… Continue reading On Mommy Shaming: Judge Less, Support Instead