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Wine Connoisseur: Underwood Pinot Noir

Wine Connoisseur: Underwood Pinot Noir

I am quite a wine connoisseur. How so? I totally bought a bottle of wine this weekend based solely on the CAP on the bottle. As in screw-on cap. Not cork. Not seal. That makes me a connoisseur, right? Hahaha. Totally kidding. Well, about the connoisseur part. I...

This is Why Living in Portland is Awesome

This is Why Living in Portland is Awesome

"Breakfast" in Portland - who wouldn't want to live here? ­čśë I saw this little gem at the food store (Philadelphia vernacular) / grocery store (Portland vernacular) over the weekend. Best. Ever.  

Gavin “Loves Yoga”

My kids go to enrichment classes for after school care. You know, things like Bricks 4 Kidz, art, soccer, etc. that are held at school and bridge the gap between the end of their school day and the end of my work day. One of the new ones we tried this semester was...

Two Times a Trend?

Two Times a Trend?

Oh, yes. It happened again. That's twice in two visits for me. I present to you Gavin's Chocolate Smoothie from Friday afternoon. His sweet soul was simply excited for what he perceived to be extra whipped cream. Grace found it hilarious, but I don't think she knew...

And This Week’s Trip Starts with a Laugh…

And This Week’s Trip Starts with a Laugh…

If today's liquid lunch is any indication of how this week's business trip is going to go, well, color me amused, and kind of disgusted. (And, no, not that kind of liquid lunch, just a caffeine-laden calorie fest to hold me over four hours until I can grab some linner...

Mom Doubts: My First Foray into Bullying

Oh, momming. It's the most awesomely hard, yet amazing job there is. It's this incredible journey that I am finding is full of joy, fun and promise, and yet, can sometimes be an unwelcome trip down memory lane. When I first became a mom with Gavin, and then again with...

Busy, Busy, Busy. With a Side of Cray.

Well, 2014 has come in like a lion. My word. Work has never been busier. Millions of deadlines and millions of trips so far. And it's only February.  Home life is busy, too, but that's all good. We're getting to that stage of parenting where each child has their own...

On the Road: Worst. Trip. Ever.

Have you ever had one of those trips where you knew you were doomed from the moment you booked it? I had that trip this week. Yes, it's only Wednesday, but I had my most unbelievably crazy business trip to date. And I ain't no spring chicken - I've been traveling for...

On the Road: Mobile Phones and Restrooms. (It’s a Don’t.)

It's official. When it comes to mobile phone use, no where is sacred. Here's how I know: I listened to a mom have an entire conversation with each and every member of her family from the stall in the women's room at Portland International Airport (PDX) today. This was...