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Trader Joe’s Staples: Snacks and Treats

This is our third post in the Trader Joe’s Staples series. We’ve talked practical stuff like frozen food and pantry staples. Now, it’s time for the fun stuff – snacks and treats! I’ve been relying heavily on snacks these days… because when…

Hello, I Love You, Won’t You Tell Me Your Name

“Hello. I love you. Won’t you tell me your name?” It’s been almost two weeks since we met Brother. He came into the world in his own time and was absolutely worth the wait. Technically speaking, my OBGYN gave…

Pregnancy through the eyes of my daughters

The most distinct difference of this pregnancy has been my two daughters bearing witness to every single thing. For better or worse. Five and six year olds are curious people, man. My kids aren’t afraid to ask me anything…

We nailed summer

If Endless Summer ever runs for office, she’ll get my vote. But, as much as I love the spontaneous days of summer, there is something refreshing about the whole back-to-school situation. It’s Friday morning. My kids are both at the…

Recent Reads

Let’s start here. The most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels. It has to do with empathy. It has to do with being comfortable with the notion that the world is complicated and full of…

Liberate the Summer Vibe

According to some, summer was over before it even started. Back in May, I got an email from our elementary school announcing that the deadline to order school supplies for the 2017/2018 school year was coming up. I stared…

Portland Places: Kruger’s Farm Concerts

Isaac and I spent a magical week on the coast of France one summer. If we hadn’t had jobs to return to, we would have stayed, learned French and lived on bread and wine. We posted up in a…

The Who of Summer

The idea of summer evokes a lot of images… all of them include sun, bikinis, cocktails and large bodies of water. And loved ones. Always, loved ones. Because, let’s be honest, most memories aren’t created alone. I recently returned…

Voices from the I-5

I just got back from a five day road trip with my little big girls. Most of our time on the road was spent with them reading books and watching movies while I listened to a long queue of…