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Weekend 5.30

We're chatting relaxing weekends, vegan recipes, the Memorial day sales, and cozy clothes, too. Snuggle up.
Philly has been rainy and cold, so we've spent the majority of our long weekend curled up inside. Normally I like to take full advantage of long weekends (a getaway? a party? the shore?) and even Mike has fully expected me to be going bonkers by now but... I'm exhausted. Philly's vaccination rates are up and case positivity is down,...
I scoured the internet & library for kids' books featuring AAPI characters. This is just a sampling & certainly doesn't cover the breadth + diversity of the AAPI experience.
One of the ways I find most helpful to start meaningful discussions with my children about topics such as ethnicities, cultures, religions, equity, etc., is through literature. Often books find the words that my normally verbose self lacks. I try to be intentional about what I'm reading with my children and how characters are portrayed. The podcast Teaching Hard...

Weekend 5.22

Pax, at least once per week, has started requesting $10,000 w/ his Greenlight card. That fun story, plus the tea on tween suits, linen dresses, skinny jeans & more.
Do your kids have Greenlight cards? They basically function like debit cards for kids, but the parents can choose how much money the kids can access. So if you have a kid who's prone to losing his card (Raines), or a kid who doesn’t pay attention to how much he spends (Raines) you can keep that balance fairly low. However, it’s...

Weekend 5.15

We're talking LED light therapy masks, Colleen Rothschild beauty, some really cute TOMS sandals + vaccinated teens & more fun fashion. Join us.
Raines got his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Thursday. The FDA had just cleared use of the vaccine for kids age 12 and up, and my friends and I were all scrambling to make appointments. Which, quite frankly, we didn't need. Philly's vaccine response has been stellar, so we were able to easily walk up and get...

Weekend 5.8

He clutched her leg, looking around in wonder. “Too many kids” he kept whispering. “Too many kids!” A Target story, plus fun fashion for summer.
Scotti called yesterday, from Target. It was the first time her littlest, Ozzie James, had ever been to Target. I mean OK: the kid likely went as a baby. But once Ozzie was old enough to be aware of his surroundings, the pandemic hit and BOOM.  No Target. Scotti and her husband have been very cautious thus far. They were in a pod with...
Traveling w/ kids during the pandemic? Risky, but we did it. Our tips, lessons & packing essentials for flying (airport, plane + rental car) that made it (feel) a bit safer.
As someone who loves to travel, this year-long quarantine has given me (among other things) a mad case of wanderlust. The good news is that the more people who get vaccinated and COVID rates go down, the more travel opportunities will start to pop up. We had a chance to fly from Philly to Colorado recently with the...

Weekend 5.1

We've got kid duty laughs, fun picnic-season style (think sandals & coolers), plus baggy jeans, the old American whiskey, ways to help India + more.
We’re trying something new. On Mondays and Tuesdays, Mike is on kid duty. Which basically means that I'm the one who gets to close myself in the bedroom upstairs and he’s the one working downstairs with the kids on Zoom school. This setup is…mostly working. My kids’ laser targeting systems are set firmly to ‘mom’, but now on Monday and...

Weekend 4.24

Snowboarding isn't our thing, but we're catching on. We're also shopping Reformation & Nordstrom's Open Edit + talking Row House Pub, SPF & anti-protest laws.
I peered up at the “super pipe”, the giant half-pipe at Copper Mountain, squinting in the bright sun. There was a little figure snowboarding through it, dressed in the same bright orange ski gear Pax wears. The kid was absolutely flying, somehow getting himself almost to the top. Confusing. We don’t have half-pipes on the East Coast (at least not where we’ve skied)...

Weekend 4.17

Tales of flying with the kids during coronavirus, plus spring denim inspo, Backcountry sales, fun w/ Philly accents & anti-racism greater than kindness.
As I type this, I am currently sitting on an airplane. The boys have some sort of ski/snowboard thing out in Colorado, the flight was bananas cheap so we were like…okaaaay? It’s weird, though. Being back on a plane. I had assumed that airlines would be booking planes half-full to comply with COVID regulations. I also assumed there would be something called...
Jill is a momma of 6 grown kids who has a penchant for style, fashion and maybe just a little too much love for shopping (what a big mood).
Long time listener, first time caller, Jill, hit us with a Power Move of an introduction email: If we were ever looking, she said, for someone who could write about "how to layer for hot flashes" or "what to wear to your colonoscopy" we should let her know. Power. Move. For now we're doing a little "getting to know...