Pajama Program Fundraiser

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Pajama Program fundraiser | mini acro stars

What a whirlwind weekend! My first Pajama Program fundraiser was on Saturday at The Dance Workshop—and it was awesome! We had 20 kids come out for an open mat event to practice their tumbling and acro skills. Each of the kids paid a registration fee that will go directly to Pajama Program and brought books or pajamas to donate to the organization. They also crafted their little hearts out, making bookmarks to donate to the kids Pajama Program helps and won books autographed by local authors. Continue reading

Good Samaritan Saturday | Pajama Program

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” —Aesop

In hopes of talking less and doing more when it comes to helping others, I’ve started a series I’m calling Good Samaritan Saturday. On Saturday mornings, I’ll post a little something you can do to start your weekend out with positive vibes by helping to lift someone else up…

Pajama Program | child with books

In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, or maybe you’re new here—HI!—and you haven’t heard: I’m planning not one, not two but three fundraisers for Pajama Program between today and December 11th.

I came across this organization after creeping around the internet a little to find an organization to give back to this holiday season. I’ve mentioned it plenty of times, but it’s really important to me to teach my girls to be giving and to do my best to shape them into kind humans—which, for the record, they totally are. Having them watch and help and learn more about organizations that are doing good just seems like a really good jumping off point to me.

An organization that gives kids in need books and warm sleepwear to “fulfill every child’s right to a good night” pulls at my heart strings in just about every way imaginable. When I looked into their website a little further and learned the organization was started by a Fordham graduate (go Rams!) who lives right here in Westchester, I was pulled in even deeper. Then I got a chance to speak to Genevieve Piturro, the founder of the organization, and my heart kind of exploded. Continue reading

Parent-Teacher Conferences Are My Favorite

parent-teacher conferences are my favoriteI was having a week. The kind of week when every decision I made seemed to be the wrong one. When my patience was a unicorn that had flown somewhere very, very far away. I was a cranky old ogre with barely enough time for a shower and the thought of speaking to anyone in the outside world made me really want a nap.

And then I had to go to a parent-teacher conference.

I don’t know how other people feel about these things, but they always fill me with a weird anxiety—ok, so maybe a lot of things fill me with anxiety, but this is sort of weird, anxious dread. I know I’m going in to talk about one of my daughters, but I always feel like I’m walking in to be judged.

Oh thaaaaaat’s why this kid never shuts up.
How old is this girl?
Is this hot mess 
really capable of taking care of another human?

Ridiculous? Yes. But that’s kind of the thing about anxiety, isn’t it? So I walk in, immediately more awkward than normal. And I’m pretty awkward. Continue reading

Q&A with the Hilarious Ladies of Science of Parenthood

The first time I stumbled upon a Science of Parenthood cartoon while scrolling through my Facebook feed, I totally chortled. Then, I went into a deep, dark rabbit hole looking for more. Must. have. moooooore.

These ladies get it.

They know firsthand the absurdity that goes along with motherhood and they give us the power to laugh our asses off at it instead of dissolving into a puddle of tears and self pity.

I was so excited to hear they were coming out with a book and even more excited to get the chance to interview them and pick their brains about how they got started, their move into hybrid publishing, the quest for balance, and so much more.

Science of Parenthood authors Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler Continue reading

DIY Bath and Body Gifts

DIY skincare giftsCan I tell you a secret? I love making bath and body products.

Most of the time they’re insanely easy to make. We’re talking easy enough to make with your four year old and not pull out clumps of your hair easy.

Better yet, the pay off can last for weeks! The ladies in this house are suckers for things that smell amazing and make you feel all pampered. We like to make big jars full of scrubs that the girls happily glop all over themselves in the bath tub. And I’m not going to lie to you, I happily glop them all over myself too.

Since they’re so simple and relatively inexpensive to make, homemade bath and body products are perfect for making in large batches and gifting to friends and family for the holidays. I put together a list of 15 DIY skincare products that would make awesome gifts. Continue reading