Netflix January Must-Sees to Kick Off the New Year

New to Netflix January 2018: Suits #streamteam

The Netflix January lineup is just what we need to kick off the new year. Because, I think we are all over the holiday bliss of the cheesy, can’t-stop-watching, Christmas rom-coms. Almost… Continue reading

Mail Order Mystery: Ignite your child’s imagination

Mail Order Mystery is a series of six mail-outs over a six-week period that turn your children into super sleuths. Each envelope brings its own “perplexing puzzles, curious clues, twisting plots, adventure and intrigue.” All brain power, no screens. That’s a parenting win, right there, folks. Continue reading

Mom’s Holiday Ring Cake Recipe, With Love

On what may have very well been her last Christmas on Earth, she gifted one of the most special gifts: a green tube pan, and her hand-written recipe for “Mom’s Holiday Ring Cake”. On the back of the recipe card, at the bottom of the recipe instructions, is written, “Think of me. Love, Mom.” Continue reading

Mom’s Christmas Wish List: How to make EVERY day merry & bright

Mom's Christmas Wish List: How to make EVERY day merry and bright. These are Erica's top 10 picks from the simple must-haves to the luxurious I-wants that are sure to make any mom burst with holiday spirit.

Moms, consider this your official self-care holiday gift guide. You give of yourself all year and ensure your family is taken care of; now it’s your turn to receive. Guilt-free. Continue reading

Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for Avoiding The Neverending Bathroom Reno

Don't make the same mistakes. Check out these Top 10 Dos and Don't for avoiding the neverending bathroom reno.

I’m in the middle of the neverending bathroom reno. And if there is one thing I’ve learned about home renovations — stop me if you’ve heard this one before — it’s they never go according to plan. Continue reading

How to make it a “Netflix and bone-chilling” Halloween

How to make it a Netflix and bone-chilling Halloween.

So whether your version of “Netflix and bone-chilling”, includes a screening of “Super Monsters” with your wee ones or a marathon session of “Stranger Things”, Season 2, here’s what you’ll need for a spook-tacular TV night. Continue reading

Hug it out

Even on days when you're feeling done -- done with cooking, cleaning, kids, cooking, laundry -- stop and go for the hug.

They say you shouldn’t ever be the first to break a hug with your child. I get it. You’ve had a gong-show of a day and are literally counting down the minutes until bedtime. The kids have suddenly turned into little velcro love bugs at the exact moment you want… Continue reading

How to help your teenage daughter cope when period pain is more than “just PMS”

What to do when your child suffers from acute pain related to her menstrual cycle.

I am, by turns, good cop/bad cop: gently soothing tones tempered with firm reminders to breathe when she begins to get hysterical. This is no ordinary period pain.  Continue reading