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Weekend 7.18

A li'l bit of everything this weekend — school reopening & John Lewis' Good Trouble, snake print mule espadrilles & a secret Adidas sale + Blackstar Film Fest. Join us.
We kicked this past week off with a 16 hour drive Michigan. While we started out strong...after popping into a rest stop in Western PA ('COVID country' says Mike) and finding it packed with un-masked people...we decided that we'd just try to drive straight through, only stopping for gas. My city boys were not impressed with peeing on the side...
Have I wished sometimes that I could go to a Mom’s Night Out & have a glass of wine? Sure. But who am I kidding? It’ll never be just 1 glass of wine.
On June 8th, 2014, I woke up, hungover, in a Caribbean resort, wincing with hazy memories of trying to hit my husband while he held our 18-month-old daughter on what was supposed to be a nice family vacation with my in-laws. “You couldn’t have waited until the last night to ruin the trip?” I grimly thought to myself (my...

Weekend 5.30

Are the White People Who Supposedly Care About the Collective Good actually ready to stand up...Or…are we all just frightened little Amy Coopers...?
At our tag-up on Friday, Syd wanted to know what I was planning to write about in my weekend post. Something light, I said. I’m tired. And I do have some light things to write about. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale dates were just posted, I have a pretty epic story about Pax I’ve been meaning to share, and there are a few...
Voter suppression tactics are real. We're taking 12 steps to increase voter turnout for Election 2020 & to ensure every ballot cast counts. Join us.
I had a lot of luck when I first repatriated after six years of living overseas. One of the most serendipitous meetings occurred when I used to ferry my daughter to preschool on the bus from our neighborhood to Chinatown, when I often spoke with another mother named Tara. She gave me all sorts of raising-kids-in-the city tips, but...
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Growth and change -- two hallmarks of our last couple of years here at TME -- are, ultimately, a good thing. But they both come with side effects. More readers also means that many people no longer know who we are, they don't know our stories, our thoughts. We are strangers. And our changing world is making many of...
On White Fragility & how to be an anit-racist. In light of Ahmaud Arbery's lyching, I reflect on the freedom I have b/c my sons are blonde-haired & blue-eyed.
We had a week of birthday celebrations. The kids have several friends with birthdays this week, so on Wednesday we got on a Zoom call to sing happy birthday over individual ice cream cakes (dropped off by the mom the night before — genius idea), and prepared a little something for A’s girls’ birthday scavenger hunt on Friday. On Thursday,...
Mamas, I attended a Montessori workshop when Raines was roughly two-and-a-half.  We learned a ton - some of which I've shared with you previously, in our Independence Building: Cheap and Easy Montessori Style Shelves article. But my hands-down, favorite Montessori tip ever was in regard to potty training boys.  And while true Montessorians (is that a word?) advocate that you...
****THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***** Congrats to Wileenie, our new winnner!! *********************************** Mamas, despite the fact that we do have a fancy DSLR camera....this is how I typically take photos: "Wait!  What?  Where?  Hang on...getting my phone....RAINES!  Wait!  Hold it!  No!  Come back!  COME BACK!  C'mon you stupid iPhon--- no honey, I wasn't talking to you.  I called the iPhone stupid. Yes, you...

Such A Bummer

I remember feeling like…a bummer.  Like I was just one big bummer.  A social pariah, she-who-would-not-be-named.  People would avert their eyes, shift nervously on their feet.  Toddlers would be snatched away and I’d hear hissed whispers, “don’t stare!” It didn’t matter that I had tastefully applied make-up, or that I was dressed in a cute outfit or even that I...
Where is all this extra time I am assumed to have on my hands in light of our new normal (work from home, home school)? Free time — that's not our reality.
Guys, I don’t know about you, but the internet seems to have missed its mark this past week. Where it usually knows me way too well (creepy Google ads parading Daydreamer tees and AGOLDE denim in my face at every turn, I’m looking at you), this week the peddled headlines just felt...off.  25 Baking Recipes for Self-Quarantine and Self-Care.10 Best...

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