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A Sweet Sentiment to Help Anxious Kids Deal

Well, here we are. The last hurrah of summer break is upon us, and the start of school is looming just around the corner. My kids are pretty excited to go back to school. I am glad - this means they like it! As for Kenny and I, well...we both work full time so the...

One of Those Shopping Trips

Ever have one of THOSE shopping trips with little ones? Where you know, just by the simple act of informing them you have to run an errand, you are doomed? Yea, I had that trip to Target this afternoon. I literally only needed handful of things, so I figured it'd be a...

On the Road – London: Mele e Pere (the best meal I had in town)

On the Road – London: Mele e Pere (the best meal I had in town)

The best meal I had in London was at Mele e Pere (a London trattoria in SOHO), courtesy of my savvy U.K.-based friend and business partner. He's Italian by birth, and much of his family still lives in Italy. His restaurant choice proves he knows the sustenance of his...

Heading Home (and how a Cabbage Patch Doll made me happy)

Heading Home (and how a Cabbage Patch Doll made me happy)

I've been on the road for a week and half for work, and, today, on the morning where I finally get to go home, hug my family and sleep in my own bed (wooooo hoooooo!), I woke up feeling incredibly homesick. I guess a week and a half away with no real family time is my...

19 Years – A Sweet Milestone

Nineteen years ago, I was 19 years old. And right about this time, I was at a now defunct nightclub in Media, PA with some friends from my college basketball team. We were meeting up with a bunch of people two of them worked with, including a guy that one of my...

On the Road – London: Hyde Park

On the Road – London: Hyde Park

After my quick run through of Hyde Park Corner, I headed across the street to Hyde Park and took, quite possibly, the shortest stroll possible through this iconic park. I Googled a map of Hyde Park upon my return home, and viewing the map full size on my 13-inch...

On the Road – London: Iced Tea

On the Road – London: Iced Tea

Before traveling to London, I asked Kenny for some tips since he heads to the UK fairly often for work. One of the things he told me was that 'iced tea' isn't a thing, and that ice in drinks, generally, wasn't hugely popular. So I said, "If I order a water, they bring...

Stuffed Animal Storage

Stuffed Animal Storage

I mentioned a 'stuffed animal farm' in this blog entitled One Little Monkey, and I got a few (sarcastic) questions on whether we did, in fact, have a 'farm of stuffed animals.' I guess technically, the answer is no. However, we do have a 'pen' of sorts...which we call...

This is What Happens When I Try to Be Fancy

This is What Happens When I Try to Be Fancy

One of my friends let me in on a hot tip: you can reserve library books online and they will pull them for you and have them waiting for you to pick up. This may not be a hot tip to some, but to me it is a new, life-changing discovery. It's probably been in existence...