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We're always looking for fun, easy ideas for winter date nights, simple ways to make a Friday or Saturday night feel more festive. I'm not always in the mood to hit a restaurant...either it's too cold, we're too tired (a pitch-dark 5PM always feels like midnight to me), or the kids are feeling grumpy about it (restaurants are hit...
Matching pajamas + Dressing up + My Girls....We drank champagne, danced, ate lots of food & laughed until we cried. All. Weekend. Long. It was literally the best birthday I've ever had.
My friends and I have tried to get together for a girls' weekend at least once a year for the past twenty-something years. (Wait, twenty-something?? How is that possible? I still feel like I'm 25...most of the time.) Of course, the pandemic threw a wrench into those plans for a while, so when we were finally able to get...

Weekend 1.29

It's ma birthday & I'm all in on wearing 1 sexy dress. Pssst...I also found another 1 that may just be for vacay. Also: the best sweatsuits & more fashion fun.
It's my birthday! I turn forty...something today. (Forty-six? Seven? Five? Does it matter?) Anyway, we're doing a little birthday weekend thing, which for us means a little skiing, a little champagne, and, as a special birthday treat, I plan on taking long hot showers and maybe doing my hair while the boys haul in alllll of the ski gear....

Weekend 1.22

We're eyeing up really good facial products for this super-dry skin, plus stellar puffer jackets & a few of our faves on sale + not to be missed. Join us!
"Babe? You seen my..." Mike's voice trails off; there is silence for a second. "Hannigan?" His what? I pause, wracking my brain for what a 'hannigan' could be. Even for Mike, this is a new one. He seems to know this isn't the right word because he keeps trying. "My...hannish?" Still no. "Han..nie?" I follow his voice into our room, searching for contextual...

Weekend 1.15

In addition to LOL'ing at McSweeney's note of reassurance, we're shopping warm parkas, Polartec joggers, water-resistant slippers & more. Pop a squat.
Gang, I've got nothing. I'm (mostly) recovered from COVID, my Mom has left to go back to Michigan (sob!), and the kids are settling into school. This week has been one big transition and I've just been doing what I can which...admittedly...hasn't been much. I sent a text early this week to the TME team that basically read 'y'all...

Weekend 1.8

So...Omicron for the vaccinated? Not for the faint of heart. What we're experiencing with COVID, plus my latest loungewear & outfit obsessions.
On Thursday, I opened the door to find an Amazon package sitting outside. Inside were the twenty-five N95 masks I had ordered over a week ago. "DON'T WORRY EVERYONE!" I bellowed. "THOSE MASKS I ORDERED TO KEEP US COVID-FREE ARE HERE!!" And then I started laughing manically, which turned into a coughing fit which ended with me sitting on...

Weekend 1.1

New year, new normals...we're looking at pandemic silver linings, cute winter & rain boots + good sales (think: Sh*tThatIKnit, Nordstrom, etc.,)
It’s NYE day, as I type this. I had big dreams of sequins tonight…I suspect instead, I’ll be in sweatpants. Raines has a bit of a cold, so that has sent me down the usual anxiety spiral of COVID/not COVID that I associate with these last two years.  I read a Tweet, recently, pointing out that 2022 was just “2020,...

Happy Holidays 12.24

There's XMas music, & my kids are alternatively playing outside or pounding hot cocoa & Mike is puttering around & my mom is here, bringing the holiday magic. Finally, it feels like Christmas.
We made it to Vermont. Per usual, we drove through a snowstorm to get here. As I grasped the dash with white knuckles (my way of "helping" Mike drive), I looked over at him, his face just illuminated by the dash lights, snow swirling madly in the darkness outside, and felt this overwhelming rush of tenderness. This guy -- with his...

Weekend 12.18

"Are you as tired as I am?"  This was a part of a text from a dear friend, one I haven’t seen in a while.  We were trying to schedule a date night out with our husbands and the two of us and spoiler:  it never happened. I’ve been busy working, helping Raines apply to high schools (yes, it’s public...