Here’s something I recently came across (thanks to Jody) and thought it was good food for thought during this holiday consumerism season and always: When you do acquire things, many of those things must ultimately be disposed of: given away, sold on eBay, thrown away or whatever. Some may be simply used up: a washing machine, for example. But still it must then be discarded. It helps when you go to buy something—a book, a vase, a chair, a set of dishes, whatever—if you take a moment to decide how it will be disposed of. You can’t assume, by the way, that giving it awayRead More →

Tomorrow afternoon, Ava will experience her first live performance of The Nutcracker. Last week I won a contest over at Mile High Mamas (thank you, MHM!) and received two tickets to the show, which will be performed by the Colorado Ballet at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. I’m really looking forward to seeing the show and to Ava getting to experience it as well. I have fond memories of seeing the Nutcracker myself as a child and I hope she will enjoy it too. I also love that we are getting to do something special together, just the two of us. Since itRead More →

While Julian took a nice long nap yesterday, Ava and I spent some time in the kitchen together baking Snickerdoodles. Ava did a great job rolling the dough into little balls (and a couple of snakes – the snakes burned by the way so you probably should avoid that if you make Snickerdoodles – LOL) and coating them with cinnamon and sugar. At one point I mentioned what a good helper she is to me and she said, “Every time you make cookies, I will be your helper. Always, I will.” It was one of life’s sweet moments you never want to forget. Of courseRead More →

PLEASE NOTE: As of now, 12/19/07, this giveaway is now closed for entries. Thanks! A few weeks ago I posted my holiday toy gift guide for kids, but now is the time to start thinking about yourself and all of the women (friends, aunts, grandmothers, mothers, sisters) on your list, because let’s face it, we women deserve some great gifts too! :) In keeping with the crunchy spirit of reducing, reusing and recycling, I’m happy to say that most of the items in my girly gift guide are green (good for the environment). These gift ideas aren’t just for Christmas and Chanukah, they also makeRead More →