A Girl and Her Chocolate

This girl has ALL of my heart!

We go every year to Suzette’s Creperie for their Christmas Tea with my mom.  Amelia eats up all of the attention, not to mention the cookies and treats!

This year she basically fell in love at first site with the piano player, who went into a pretty rousing version of “Frosty the Snowman” as soon as this was plopped down in front of my little lady:

Amelia and Hot Chocolate- Yum

To say she enjoyed it would be a serious understatement…


Don’t we all just want to commit like that every now and then when we find something we like?  Just get your WHOLE FACE in a big pot of chocolate and go to town?  When does that kind of impulse-control kick in??

Story Time with Grandma

My mom has been here visiting for a few days and my kids have pretty much been in heaven!

Yeah…. I’mma need to live close to my Mom.

When we first got married, we lived out in Connecticut, a long ways away from my parents and my in-laws.  Once we had Amelia, I realized just how much I wanted to be closer to my family and back in the Midwest.  I really did like living in Connecticut; New Haven had some amazing restaurants and museums, the Long Island Sound was beautiful, and the proximity to Boston and NYC made it a great place for us to live as a young married couple.   But living in the city of New Haven with a newborn really wasn’t something we were excited about doing.

But mostly, if we’re being honest:  I’m a total homebody, momma-and-daddy’s girl, family-first kind of person.   Big time.  I missed my mom and dad.

Now that we’ve been back in the Midwest for a few years, I know we’ve made the right choice.  We get to see our family so much more than we ever would have if we were still out East.  And now, it’s just a tank of gas rather than airfare to see them!

Books and Bedtimes

So back to now: My mom came to visit for a few days.  She helped out at our little Montessori school at the holiday bazaar, took Amelia to a Christmas Tea, and spent a ton of time just lovin’ on my kiddos.  Getting to see this two nights in a row absolutely made my days!!


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Amelia and my mom, reading the “Picture Atlas” from Usbourne Books.  So fun to hear Amelia’s questions about the world!
Henry and Grandma

Henry and my mom reading about pirates.  This book came with a little wind-up pirate ship that races along tracks that are IN THE BOOK.  FOR REALZ.  Want to get your kids more interested in reading?  Put a friggin’ moving pirate ship IN THE BOOK.

So yeah – these little moments make me even more certain that we did the right thing for our family to be a bit closer!

You can find these books – two of our faves! – right here! 

This stuff GLOWS.


Have you ever been out for New Year’s Eve and thought, “All this needs is something that glows in the dark…” ?


Sure you have.  We all have.


And lucky you –  the answer to your First World Problem is finally here! (And these days, let’s take advantage of all of the solutions we can get our hands on.  There seems to be crazy around every corner these days.)

This limited edition design will only be available for a little while – and it’s actually chic enough to go with your LBD for a stylish night out that’s a little whimsical, too!

And for those of you that will be doing a “Countdown to Noon” instead of midnight with kiddos – there’s a Juniors version as well!

You can find all three designs (Noisemaker, Midnight Magic, and the Juniors version – Make Some Noise) here! 

What do you think??  Are you into the glowing designs?  Or do you go for a more classic “Midnight Celebration” look like this one?

Midnight Celebration - Jam

PS – I know my DH is going to be reading this, so when I quiz him later on the details of my post he’ll be prepared.  So just so you know, I also unloaded the dishwasher today.  It’s been a big day around here, buddy!