Archive for October, 2012


Cell phone cash

I’ve never had the newest, coolest cell phone. I was a loyal BlackBerry user for years, still a holdover from my D.C./government employee days. I’ve had Sprint for cell phone service since 1999 and have a great deal, so I wasn’t willing to switch when AT&T (and later Verizon) offered the iPhone. So there I was rocking the […]

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Pumpkin patch field trip

Clay is on his first field trip today, and I’m sitting at my desk. I’m picturing the smile on his face while getting on the school bus (he was most excited about that!) and his apprehension about the hayride (“does it go fast?”). He told me about the pumpkin he would choose. Of course, that […]

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Clipping coupons

I’m sure I am not the only child of the 1980s who remembers their mom sitting on the floor, clipping coupons with her orange-handled scissors. She spent what seemed like hours clipping away, though I don’t really recall her using the coupons that she so meticulously cut and filed away. Maybe she did and I didn’t notice, because in those days […]

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Weekday sickness vaccine

I know I’m not the only working parent who wishes there were another vaccine they could add to the plethora that kids get: one to ensure that they don’t get sick on weekdays. The home daycare we use has a very strict sick policy, even a runny nose gets you kicked out. I have mixed […]

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Two peas in a pod

Yesterday I read the most beautiful post from one of my favorite mommy blogs, Girl’s Gone Child. It was her daughter’s fourth birthday and from what I’ve read about her she reminds me so much of Avery. The part that really got me was about her daughter’s relationship with her older brother. It made me […]

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Homemade Halloween costumes

I hope I didn’t fool you with the title of this post – I am not going to offer any tips for making Halloween costumes. I got an email from Real Simple this morning, linking to an article about DIY costumes, which I am happy to pass along for those so inclined. They make it sound so […]

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Princess perspective

I will admit, I am pretty controlling about my kids’ clothes. In almost 4 1/2 years of being a parent, there has been just one time that a kid wore pajamas in public (and that was an emergency). Although my style is far more casual after living on the West Coast for almost 10 years, I am […]

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