Lotsa Veggies Spaghetti

This one was a hit last night! Spaghetti is usually a popular meal with toddlers, but this version is one that you definitely won’t mind serving. The long list of chopped veggies means there is ample opportunity to get the kids involved in preparing the sauce. Give them a chance to explore the vegetables –Continue reading “Lotsa Veggies Spaghetti”

The Joy of Sleeplessness

Every morning, my husband and I engage in the most unromantic of pillow talk conversations: who’s getting up with the baby. I have a history of bad luck when it comes to winning contests. This is the one exception. Nearly every morning, my name is pulled out of the metaphorical hat. I have the goodContinue reading “The Joy of Sleeplessness”

The End of March

As February turned to March, my mind is flooded with memories of this time last year. The end of March is not a birthday or anniversary that I have been celebrating for years; it is a first anniversary. This time last year, my husband had accepted a job offer in San Francisco. I developed anContinue reading “The End of March”

In the Shadows

Doggies are king in my home these days. “Dada,” my son calls them. Whether it’s a fussy diaper change or refusal to wear his pants, all it takes is a reminder that we can’t go out and play with the doggies without either, and, instantly, I’ll see his eyes light up. We’ll be out theContinue reading “In the Shadows”

Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

This is the perfect breakfast food – wait, no – this is the perfect anytime food. I challenge you to limit yourself to just one spoonful of this deliciously creamy-on-the-inside, crispy-and-chewy-on-the-outside, dish. My little guy devours this delicious bread pudding in minutes, and I have absolutely no problem with that. After all, it does haveContinue reading “Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding”

He’s Nothing Like Me

There are certain things in life where the truth is better left unsaid. And, if you absolutely must say something, you lie. Plain and simple. “Your baby looks nothing like you!” is one of those things. If you catch me on a good day, I will politely smile while mentally slapping you across the face. On aContinue reading “He’s Nothing Like Me”

An Open Letter to Kansas from a Mother

Dear Kansas, I am not black. But I love Black History month. I love what it signifies. As a middle-school teacher, I love showing my students that change happens. I love showing them that a bloody battle will inevitably end with good reigning over evil and justice being served. Black History Month depicts the stories of countlessContinue reading “An Open Letter to Kansas from a Mother”

Sorry to Pop Your Bubble List, but…

One of the most amazing things about being a mom is the sisterhood you build with other moms. There is a strong sense of bonding and understanding – we are all in the trenches, day in and day out. We know we can count on one another for support. And, just like any other sisterhood,Continue reading “Sorry to Pop Your Bubble List, but…”

In A Girl’s World

After my little brother was born, I very politely asked my mother when she would be giving me a little sister. I had two brothers, and my seven-year-old self was just plain tired of boys. My mother simply laughed in response. Understanding her laughter, I made the best of the situation. I painted my babyContinue reading “In A Girl’s World”