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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

I want to take a moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you! Thank you for supporting me and reading along these past few months as I launched this blog. I love learning what you like reading about and seeing your comments. As we approach 2018, I’m looking […]

Happy Thanksgiving

I’m getting ready to head back east for a very traditional New England Thanksgiving dinner. All the elements that you see portrayed in idyllic family life will mostly likely be present complete with a kids table this year. We will have lots of family, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Health We are fortunate […]

Managing Holiday Stress

We are officially one week away from Thanksgiving! It totally snuck up on me this year. I’m not sure how it happened but it did. This year, we are spending Thanksgiving with my family in New England. I’ll get a chance to catch up with nieces and nephews and see how they’ve grown in the […]

5 Ideas for Easy Entertaining

If you’ve spent any time in the Bay Area, you may have heard of this saying: “The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco.” Our real summer tends to be in September/October—the skies are blue, the air is still, and the bone-chilling fog has disappeared. A few weeks ago, I met up […]

Choosing the “Right” Elementary School

It’s that beautiful time of year again in San Francisco: Karl the Fog (yes, we’ve named the fog) has receded, so it’s warm enough to wear shorts and eat outside without freezing. It also happens to be the start of school admissions season. My two girls are now in the same K-8 school—hooray for single […]

A Few of My Favorite Things – September

How do you all manage your crazy seasons? I tend to manage my stress with exercise and with a glass of wine not at the same time. My last few weeks have been incredibly busy with all the back-to-school activities, start of soccer season, music lessons and normal daily activities that still need to happen. […]

Raising Happy Children

What is our primary role as parents? Is it to ensure that our children have access to the best of everything? To set them up for financial success? Where does teaching them to be happy fit in? As a mom, I find it difficult to choose even when I know what the “right” answer is. […]

Back to Routines

You know those times when you have a large block of unstructured time, say like summer vacation, and you go all out, enjoy every minute but at the end you say to yourself, boy, am I glad to get back to normal? That’s me now. We traveled to meet up with my husband’s family in Japan, […]

A Few of My Favorite Things – Summer Edition

How was your summer? Our days were full of family travel, kitesurfing, trips to the pool and library, and refereeing the latest injustice. I had intentions of doing a lot more writing this summer but sometimes your plans don’t come to fruition. School starts this week and I think we are ready. I’m ready to […]

Hey Everyone! I Can Kitesurf!

The current theme of my life has been to learn and try new things. I recently took up photography, started this blog and started kitesurfing. Who knows what else I’ll add this year… While kitesurfing doesn’t exactly fall into the “new” category since I started trying to learn before I had children but pregnancy and […]