For My Foodie Mamas

Joe and I love going out to great meals, but taking kids is stressful, and babysitters add up. Enter Nibble + Squeak—dining experiences for families. You get a multi-course meal from one of the top chefs in your city in a setting where it’s totally OK for your kids to run around or have a meltdown. The kids have a blast with their own kids' meals, complete with sippy cups and kids flatware, plus added bonuses like sing-a-longs or mini photoshoots. Everyone is happy. Don

Make It Fun

So the big day is tomorrow: Chloe's 5th birthday party. It's princess tea party themed, of course. We've had so much fun planning this party. Here are some tips for making your party planning an energizing experience: Involve them in the process. Chloe picked the theme. We poured over Oriental Trading to pick the right favors and activities together. She even helped make the cake. Go all in. All of the kids are dressing up as princesses, so I bit the bullet and bought an adul

Book Your Fun

If you aren't intentional, it's easy for life to be full of must-dos instead of want-to-dos. So before the year starts, book your fun. What trips do you want to go on? (Hint, schedule at least one without kids, even if only for a night) What people do you want to make sure to see? What concerts, games, or music festivals do you want to go to? Studies have shown that anticipation of a trip actually brings more joy than the trip itself and can last for up to 8 weeks before. Put

Stop Making Resolutions

What's Your 18 for 2018? For me, the start of a new year is a time to reflect - both on the past 12 months and on the year ahead. Over the next few days, I'll go over some ways I like to approach being intentional as we go into 2018. First,  I'm participating in Gretchen Rubin's 18 for 2018. It's a simple list of 18 things you want to do in the coming year. Big, small, fun, challenging...you chose your poison. Just ask yourself, "What could I do in 2018 that would make me hap

Create a Confetti Drawer

I am obsessed with this talk by Tina Roth Eisenberg, the founder of Tattly and Creative Mornings. Her story is a beacon of having kids making you better at work and life. I love her emphasis on play and fun. I can get too serious and driven, so have been actively working on being more playful. (Even that sounds not fun - help!) She adds little bits of unexpected joy all throughout her product and company: The ability to sort her site by 'rainbow'. A costume box, so you can dr

Stop Light Dance Parties

I’m a huge fan of celebrating micro-moments — cherishing the everyday moments and making them special.  My kids and I have ‘stop light dance parties’ during our commute. Each morning we blast our favorite dance music and break out the moves at each stop light, turning something stressful into one of my favorite parts of the day. Our lives are filled with many more micro-moments than grand ones. The power of them really hit me when I watched Gretchen Rubin’s “The Years are Sho