Category: Happiness

The end-of-summer panic

I shouldn’t be surprised, really, because I’m struck by the same feeling at the end of every summer: The little burst of panic that it’s almost over and I haven’t done everything I wanted to do or, more honestly, everything I felt I should…

Why (and how) I bring my kids to my Zumba classes

I sit through taekwondo and ballet every week for them, so why shouldn’t they come to Zumba with me? Shouldn’t Mom get a turn to exercise to keep her body healthy, too?

My own mommy manifesto

I’m going to buy a big canvas and cover it with painted phrases that no one will really understand except me. That’s because the canvas will contain my manifesto — a list of personal commandments that will help me live my happiest life. One…

Our family is growing …

Yes, it’s finally happening! We are smitten with this tiny Chocolate Boston Terrier we have named Annabelle, and we’ll bring her home on August 27, 2016 when she’s eight weeks old. Full details coming soon. xoxo

Of campers and camp-moms

After two summers (and two March Breaks) of longing to be old enough to join her big brother at camp, C finally got her wish today. View this post on Instagram I packed two lunchboxes and two backpacks for the first time today (well,…

The tidying really is life-changing

For the second time in, like, a couple of months, a book has totally changed my life. I’m not at all dramatic. (The first book was The Fringe Hours, which is absolutely amazing and a must-read, FYI.) It all started when I saw an…

Teaching an old couch potato new tricks

I was in a really bad mood yesterday. There was no particular reason for it, really. I just felt like the whirlwind weekend (overnight trip + kiddie birthday party + lots of driving) had left me exhausted. I was craving alone time. I was…

Five little things I do daily to make myself happier

Make our bed every day, perfectly. Tight blankets smoothed without a wrinkle, neatly arranged throw pillows. Then I open all of the curtains in our bedroom so the sun comes in and makes our bedroom look bright and pretty. Most days Some days we…

Big changes are a-comin’!

Oh, hi. I think I forget how to use a computer. I just untangled my fingers from the cord of the vacuum and managed to finally put down the Windex bottle. I have basically done nothing but dust, wipe, vacuum, organize, neaten, sweep, tidy,…

Five great things about the second trimester

No more nausea. It makes bus-riding, eating, and just getting up in the morning easier. And since your hunger has amped up, it’s nice to have different snack choices — and not be tormented by food aversions. Body acceptance. You actually look pregnant, instead…

The universe is kicking my ass

Last week, in a fit of “living-like-there’s-no-tomorrow” and “all-we-do-is-work-and-we-never-do-anything-fun,” I took action. Yup, I threw caution to the wind and booked a little birthday mini-trip with Darling Husband. We are not — I repeat, not — spontaneous people. We are “let’s-plan-for-months-and-agonize-over-whether-or-not-we-can-afford-it” people. To just…

Living like there’s no tomorrow

On the drive to work this morning, our fave radio station was discussing people who are unhappy with their jobs. One announcer said they actually wanted to punch people who seemed to be feeling dreary at work, and a caller chimed in to say…