It is the eve of the night before my first baby girl Neriah becomes an adult. How did this day come so soon? This natural rite of passage I imagined gently greeting me hit me like a bold question mark at the end of a sentence. Despite the lack of emotional preparation, the day unfolds, and with it a boatload of emotions. Senior year, 18th birthday, and college acceptance … [Read more...] about Letting Go: Redefining The Mother-Daughter Relationship
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Vacations are important for every member of the family. Going away for a few days or weeks can rejuvenate parents and kids, and strengthen the bonds between them. Unfortunately, vacations can also be very stressful to plan. But if you plan it right, you'll be (almost) stress-free before and during your vacation! Here are some tips to getting your family vacation organized … [Read more...] about Organize a Family Vacation — Without the Hassle!
I’ll be completely honest—my honeymoon, nearly 20 years ago, wasn’t all that great. I was sick in bed with the flu the whole first week on Kauai. The second week, my husband and I decided to try our hand at windsurfing on Maui. While I was feeling better, it was grueling. We ended each day bandaging our blistered hands (a side effect of gripping the boom when you’re a beginner … [Read more...] about 5 Dream Destinations for Your Second Honeymoon
Christmas came and went, not soon enough if I’m speaking the truth. I hate the over-indulgence of the holiday - too many presents, too much food and waaaaay too much to do. Days spent wrapping gifts that quickly become room clutter for the kids, only too soon to become the toy that’s at the bottom of the pile. Next year, I’m starting a homemade gift giving tradition so … [Read more...] about Brooke Burke: Happy New Year!
*Warning: Mild spoilers about The Descendants* They live with us and see us at our best and our worst. They note when we’re curled up in a ball and ill, and when we’ve just gotten up in the morning, cranky, because we haven’t yet had our requisite cup of java. They witness our behavior when we’re happy and, in our lightness of heart, embarrass them by singing aloud all the … [Read more...] about The Descendants: How Well Do Children Know Their Parents?