Stop Asking If I’m Ready For Christmas

He's judging me, too.

“ARE YOU READY FOR CHRISTMAS?” This is what small talk is this time of year. Everyone asking everyone else if they are “ready” for Christmas. Like we needed more pressure or more reminders that we aren’t finished with shopping or cards or cleaning or kids’ school party prep or Christmas program prep or that we […]

Gifts That Always Fit


I love giving gifts, but I hate choosing gifts. It’s so hard to know what someone will like or if it will fit. It’s especially hard for me to choose a gift for another woman if I don’t know her personal style preferences. But as I was obsessing about accessories the other day, I realized […]

My Mom


My mom taught me the value of a handwritten thank you note. She knows how to make a pie — including the crust — and used to sew dresses for me and my sister. She is possibly the nicest person you’ll ever meet. Today I am thankful for my mom. We’ve had very different lives, my […]



I spent half of today griping at my kids and the other half putting up the Christmas tree with them. The two activities may have bled into one another. Decorating for Christmas does not put me in a good mood; I would rather not put up a tree at all. The way I see it, […]



The most surprising part about today was that my daughters played together pretty much the whole day, and with very little fighting. Today I am thankful for sisters. When I was pregnant with baby #2 and we found out she was a girl, I cried. I was unspeakably happy to be able to give my first daughter […]