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Do you need help around the house this summer? 10 website that will make life easier

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One of the biggest stresses parents face these days is finding the time to do it all. You want to spend quality time with your kids, yet you also have to juggle work, keeping the house clean and still try and make time for yourself. It’s a tough balance, but luckily there are some great websites out there to help.

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My First Mother’s Day In Palo Alto and the start of a great tradition

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My lovely kids



Last Mother’s Day, which was extremely poignant for me because it was the first Mother’s Day since my mother had passed, my husband arranged for me to spend the weekend in Yountville, Napa Valley Area. He felt that I needed some time to relax, reflect and cry.  The meaning of Mother’s Day changed for me last year. 

This year, even if I had insisted on spending Mother’s Day at some swanky hotel, touring wineries, being in total solitude and sobbing that Mother’s Day will never be the same again, my kids would not have let me. My 10 year old son and 7 year old daughter have a vested interest in how I spend Mother’s Day – and they wanted to enjoy it with me. How could I have it any other way? They had planned the entire day with their dad’s help and, after all, I should be celebrating with them as they single-handedly made me a mother.  Continue reading

You’re Invited: Online invitation companies we love

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My Baby shower at Bedford Post Inn

Every time a celebration rolls around I think it should always be an excuse for a party. I have hosted quite a few birthday parties for my children, as well as parties for the grown-ups, including 9 milestone birthday parties, baby and bridal showers. That’s quite a number of parties under my sleeve, and I wholeheartedly enjoy the experience. To me making someone happy and seeing a smile on their face brings me the most joy. I get so much of a high out of throwing parties for others. I prefer to be on the giving end than the receiving end.

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Ten things we wish for our son as he celebrates his 10th birthday



Today marks a major milestone for our son, as he turns 10 today.  Oh how time flies!  It is hard to believe that he is in the double digits already.  He has always had this very cool, mature and funny personality and he has grown up to be a wonderful boy.  It is because of him, and the way he made it all so easy for us, that we were able to explore the option of having 2 more children. Continue reading

Coloma is not only for fourth graders

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Our group camped in bunkhouses at Coloma Resort


I recently returned from a fourth grade, two day trip to Coloma, California, as a parent chaperone, and this was one of the most amazing experiences that I have had. Who would have thought that being in the presence of 72 4th graders, 3 teachers, 5 naturalists, and 14 other parent chaperones would have brought this immense excitement? Continue reading

Six reasons why you should volunteer at your child’s school

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Many of us are very busy parents, with schedules that have us wishing for our own personal assistants.  In order to streamline our lives, we tend to focus on the things that are most important, and everything else can be put on the back burner.  We are left with very few options and most often, volunteering at our children’s school becomes an after thought and not a priority.  Yes, volunteering could be exasperating, but if we recognize the benefits that volunteering at our children’s school could bring, then we can be proponents and active participants.  Here are 6 reasons why you should consider volunteering at you child’s school.

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