The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men

Seeing that I wrote a post mid-November telling y’all how to do this holiday season right, I figured I owed you an update. So this was me pre-Thanksgiving planning it all out. By God, I was going to do it all and do it so well. And then… my sweet, gentle, funny 6 year old daughter managed to somehow get into so much trouble. She fell against a brick wall when playing basketball, she shoved a bead up her nose just as we were about to have a dinner party, she got sick and has really high ¬†fever, her neck…

How to manage holiday stress gracefully and without too much wine.

Hello lovelies! Does anyone else feel like from September onwards its a mad dash toward the nothingness of January? September is all about school and paperwork, in October you’ll discover that kids have outgrown all clothes for fall, then it’s Halloween and Thanksgiving and by Christmas, well, all is not calm and bright. I am not going to tell you I know how to manage it all but I do have some good tips on how to reduce the holiday stress. Make a list and check it twice.¬†   Photo from 11 Magnolia Lane. I bought myself a Holiday Planner…

Beautifully written post about motherhood.

from @luckyorangepants I am the keeper. I am the keeper of schedules. Of practices, games, and lessons. Of projects, parties, and dinners. Of appointments and homework assignments. I am the keeper of information. Who needs food 5 minutes before a meltdown occurs and who needs space when he gets angry. Whether there are clean clothes, whether bills are paid, and whether we are out of milk. I am the keeper of solutions. Of bandaids and sewing kits and snacks in my purse. But also of emotional balms and metaphorical security blankets. I am the keeper of preferences. Of likes and…

Drop off outfits for busy moms

A few years ago a client in a ritzy neighborhood asked me to help her with drop off outfits – so she would look pulled together when dropping kids off at school. Having worn leggings pretty exclusively I was bit confused. I mean who dresses up before 9 am? But apparently some do. I used to laugh at moms who clearly didnt brush their hair, wore slippers and pajamas because surely-surely-surely there’s time to throw on those said leggings and attempt a quick ponytail! Well, I am not laughing now. My 8 year old came home from school to inform…

Back to school checklist!

I cannot believe its ONE week till school starts. My oldest has to get on a 7:06 bus and seeing that she has started sleeping till 7:45 lately, that shall be fun. And no sleeping in for me either! And I never really took them on all those fun but educational day trips, other than few lessons, they never really learned Estonian as was my grand plan. Ugh, that I am really bummed about. Colors and numbers don’t get you far, ya know? Every mom blog and Pinterest is full of back to school readiness checklist. Let me sort this…