a few conversations I wrote about here (at The Everygirl) and here (at Clementine Daily).

have a happy weekend, and start a few conversations of your own. xox

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headed south

florida sunsets or bust.

leaving today for 10 days to soak up the sun, enjoy family, and relax.

sounds about right.

christmas sail 2014

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kind words


it was one of those days yesterday. you know, christmas jams at target days. that was the best I had, so there it was. and then as I checked out, two kids in tow, screaming for patience inside my own head, I rushed us into the closing elevator doors. the woman inside was the same who had been in line directly in front of me.

she turned and said, “it was so sweet of you to speak to your children so kindly when you were checking out. it was so wonderful to hear because usually it’s yelling and pleading and frustrations. but thank you for having patience with your children.”

it was more than I could have ever asked for from a stranger. mother to mother, exactly what I needed to hear when I felt like I had been failing at this whole mothering thing. I am so grateful for her kind words. keep on keepin on, mamas. we got this.

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on technology

I think it’s safe to say we have a love/hate relationship with technology these days. time suck! energy waster! general distractor from the important things! (and by technology I mostly mean our iphones.) how much is too much device time!

but then. last week my best friend face-timed us from california so I could see her sweet infant boy and his cheeks. (oh those baby cheeks! I wanted to leap through the screen and squeeze them!) and we spent the next 45 minutes or so chatting and eating and drinking coffee and walking through our respective houses discussing new couches (mine) and kitchen renos (hers). and in that moment I was so very thankful that we live in a day and age that I can see her and her baby instantly, at any time. because ideally we’d live down the street from each other….but you know, it’s good to have goals.

I do know that without our many devices my children wouldn’t have such a close relationship with my family in florida. distance does a number on the heart, but somehow these little screens help fill the void. my brother and I chatted face-to-face over lunch the other day and just seeing him via iphone felt (close) to what it would be like if he could just drop by.

suffice to say, I still elbow nudge my husband about a million times a night to put the phone down! in front of the kids! what example are we setting! I don’t care if it’s work! (and i’m just as guilty, believe me.)

but I think what is most important is what doesn’t become lost in translation. I might be checking the weather to asses what outerwear needs to be tracked down in order to leave the house, but my son doesn’t know that. all he sees is my eyes on a screen. again. so explain. make him part of the snow-watch checking process.

setting limits is important, keeping dialogue open and ongoing about our technology is important. I don’t ever want my children to think what is going on in the internet world is more important than his world. it’s a daily struggle, to be sure, but one that takes diligent monitoring. right? this much I do know: screen time can be valuable time. but with limits, and understanding.

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life lately // on the plus side




so many times I think to myself: what are we doing in michigan? and then: what would we be right right now if we were still living in chicago?

mostly it’s all imaginary anyways, because really who knows? chicago isn’t the same city it was when we left two years ago, and we aren’t the same family.

but I do know we wouldn’t be skiing every weekend had we stayed in the city. plus one for michigan!





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have a happy weekend!


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lately: more reads


what are you reading? I’m into a few good ones, and have an ongoing list of to-start. and when I say read, I really mean skim. because my guiltiest pleasure is sitting and reading, uninterrupted. preferably in a bath.

yes, please: amy poehler is hilarious and insightful. I’ve underlined at least half of what I’ve read and I’m only on page 63. “you do it because the doing of it is the thing. the doing is the thing. the talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing. that is what I know.” also her motto is “good for her! not for me.” amen, sister.

the goldfinch: read 572 pages on my SOLO roundtrip flight to california this fall. YOLO. haven’t picked it up since. however! I really really like it. find the time to finish, stat.

all the light we cannot see: on order. rumors are favorable.

overwhelmed: how to work, love, and play when no one has the time: yes, to all of it.

the whole brain child: because always on the hunt for parenting “solutions.” always.

still alice: because julianne moore won best actress at the globes for her portrayal.

wild: my sister said I should read it! and I reviewed the movie for The Everygirl.

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126792122bf5e6ea783a6f37548993d1it’s monday! rise and shine and make it a good one.

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