Summer Special: Favorite Sunscreen

I often get asked what sunscreen I prefer for myself and the kids. I found this La Roche-Posay sunscreen at CVS and it was buy one, get the second half off. It rubs on smoothly, doesn’t turn your skin white (a major pet-peeve of mine is looking like a ghost once I’ve added my spf),… read more

For The Kids: Bathtime Fun

Floating Octopus – This one floats and has multiple pieces so my 1-year-old has loved playing with it recently. He takes the rings off, puts them back on, and takes the rings off, and… Well you know how it goes. Skip Hop Pouring Ducks – I used to always wish I had a plastic cup in the… read more

Parenting Boys

After having my only son JT, time and time again mothers have told me that parenting a boy is very different than parenting a girl. Having been raised in a home with 5 brothers I already have some sense of what those differences might look like. Can you say “breaking all the rules”?!? The thing… read more

Dear John: A Letter to My Son on His Birthday

To my little prince, It’s hard to believe you came into our lives 1 year ago. At times it feels like I have known you a lifetime and at others it seems you just arrived. Having a son – where to even begin? People warned me it would be different but before you were here I… read more

House Update: The Playroom

Since we moved in in July we have been chipping away at small projects. We have a few rooms that are 50% finished but nothing that is ready for a true “before and after” here on the blog. Ironically the only room that is ready for its debut is the playroom. The walls still need… read more

Great Business: Candyshop Photography

If you have been following along for some time you know that I am obsessed with photos. Especially those of children. By far one of my favorite photographers in the area is Charisse Czaja. Her photos are stunning! Add that pure talent on top of her being a spectacular person (Superhero Among us ALERT!) and I’m… read more

For the Love of Trees

I’m having a real tree moment. For 6 years we lived on a small piece of property with not one tree on it. A large rhododendron was the extent of our arboreal existence. Since moving to a bigger piece of land with many huge trees on the property I have been completely inspired by them…. read more

Just For Laughs

This is one for the ages. “Dad, you just don’t understand weddings. At all.” I mean really. Even though this is not my child – I ADORE her. This one had me laughing. Enjoy. x https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6ZojleXMn4&feature=player_embedded

Making Crayons

This might go down in history as my younger daughter’s favorite craft project EVER. You see when she was little if left to her own devices she would peel and snap every crayon she got her hands on. After doing this crayon project I kind of understand the impulse. When we moved into our new… read more

Best Books: Scratch and Sketch Books

We have been getting very craftsy over at our place. Both my girls just spent a week at “art camp” with one of their favorite teachers and they have been completely inspired ever since. They especially love when I draw or paint things that they then try to replicate. We’ve also recently had a lot… read more