Tips for Holiday Entertaining

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. You're pitched a lot of products as a blogger. Sometimes, the brand is looking for a very specific writer. "Had freckle-removal surgery in Yakima?" "Gone to clown college and love hairless cats?" Often I'm not a good fit … [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Be a Parent

In the spirit of giving back, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council are unveiling a new series of public service advertisements designed to continue to encourage the adoption of children from foster care with an emphasis on the importance of keeping siblings together. Since the launch of this campaign in 2004, more than 22,000 children who were once … [Read more...]

December 2 is Celebrate Shelter Pets Day! #ShelterPetLove


It’s been a year since I wished for a dog and a Pomeranian showed up on my deck the next day. The Universe doesn’t provide a new dog to everyone so neatly. Most people have to go out and get them. We adopted our cat Pinky three years ago for my younger daughter’s birthday. Pinky’s been a joy every minute, almost. She’s very sweet and affectionate for a cat. She was brought into our family as our … [Read more...]

Caring for the Caregivers-National Family Caregivers Month

Me and Dad inside Faneuil Hall, Boston.

Last month I had the best vacation with my dad and kids. Because of work schedules, just the four of us were able to go on our sort-of-annual fall trip. Last year we went to Williamsburg, and this year we went to Cap Cod in Massachusetts. The weather was perfect for October, the leaves were at peak color, and we ate local seafood every day. I had decided to drive up, so when I was about an … [Read more...]

Thankfulness and the Heart of Haiti


This week has been a whirl of shopping, cleaning, and cooking. Family is coming so my world is very small this week, limited to my house. Even so, as I set the table with turkey, some green vegetables no one but I will eat, and four kinds of dessert, I will think of Haiti. Everywhere and Macy's sent me a pair of hand-hammered candlesticks from the Heart of Haiti collection. These will be in … [Read more...]