Lessons from Paris

A couple of weekends ago, Chloe and I had the most wonderful time in Paris. I realized that a lot of our mini-adventures from the trip could easily be recreated in our hometown, so sharing my favorites: Go on a tasting tour. We tried chocolate from 8 different stores and rated them to pick our favorite. Then we went back and bought a box there. Play games in coffee shops. We bought a new card game that we played religiously in cafes across town. Have a day of ‘yes.’ One day w

Savor your ordinary

Loving this quote this week. It seems like good advice for us moms, too. Wishing you a magically ordinary week! “Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And ma

Weekly Emails to Kids

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing some “Dad hacks” from a Marc Picket, who is raising two young kids on his own. I love his approach and hope it can help us all see a different perspective. Maybe the bigger benefit of pomodoros is that they also help on getting me to do things that I might procrastinate. One example is every Tuesday morning, I set a pomodoro and write an email to my kids. Neither of my kids can read yet, but these are meant to be for them when t

Re-live it

Over the weekend, I went through and shared my favorite memories for 2019 on my Instagram stories. I just went through my photos and shared whichever sparked joy. Do this. First, it helped me realize what sparks joy for me. (Family traditions, planning kid parties, mini-adventures with each kid solo, and lots of time in nature.) Second, this process sparked a lot of joy. 2019 was tough. Starting a company is taxing. But, there were so many happy memories, cuddles, and love. I

How to make the year feel long

As I mentioned yesterday, each week (and sometimes each day), I write down why I will remember that week. Whenever I’m feeling a bit down, one of my favorite activities is flipping through those lines: Fire pits at the shore house Going to the world series Korean spa day in dC Photoshoot for Washington Life So much happens in a year, but often we are moving so fast to even notice. It feels so good to slow down. #slowingdown #self-awareness #gratitude #beingpresent

Go on a listening walk

Over the past few weeks, Rowan’s Pre-K class has been going on ‘listening walks’ around the school grounds. His teacher encouraged us to try them at home. On Tuesday, we turned our walk to school into one. All of us were quiet and paid attention to the sounds around us. I heard so many birds, planes, and cars. Shockingly, all my other senses also perked up. I noticed things on my street that I’d never seen after two years of living here. When we debriefed on what we heard, th

Take a Family Walk

Joe signed us up for life insurance that gets cheaper the more healthy habits we do. We're suckers for gamification and have become obsessed with getting in our steps. So, we've started going on post-dinner family walks. I cannot tell you the amount of joy this simple act gives me. It forces us to put away our phones. Helps us connect with our neighbors that we bump into along the way. And, provides us with a chance to appreciate the little things. It's fun seeing bunnies or