Interview an Au Pair – Part 3

We continue our 3 part series on Au Pair’s for childcare. Before you start interviewing au pair’s, write down the must-have qualities and nice-to-have qualities that you are looking for. Your search criteria will be dependent on how many children you have and their ages. My criteria for one 5 year old is not the […]

Find an Au Pair Agency – Part 2

We continue our 3 part series on Au Pair’s for childcare. Once you’ve decided an au pair is right for your family, it’s time to find an agency. Start with the State Department’s list of Designated Sponsor Organizations. From the Program drop down list, select ‘Au Pair’. As of 2017, there are 17 agencies on […]

Choosing an Au Pair for In-Home Childcare – Part 1


This is part 1 in a 3 part series on au pair’s. Before returning to work after giving birth to my daughter, I had to figure out what childcare option would be best for our family. I visited daycare’s in our area, looked at the possibility of hiring a nanny, and finally, I researched au […]

Last Day of Kindergarten – School’s Out for Summer


Hope everyone is having a great summer so far! June 1st was the last day of school for us. Wow, kindergarten went by so quickly! I can’t believe it’s over already. It’s pretty amazing how much WHMJr learned this school year. She can read almost anything now and her writing is so much better than […]

Talking to Kids About Politics


Whatever political side you fall on, I think we can all agree that this election year was the craziest! We can’t go anywhere without seeing images, political ads, news stories on television, the internet and social media. And if your kids are anything like mine, they have been asking A LOT of questions. So, what […]

Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure

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Today we went to see Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure at the new Golden One Center. I knew my daughter was going to be excited because she loved Disney Frozen Ice last year when we went. This was our first trip to the new Golden One Center, so we were looking forward to checking […]

Pregnancy and Infant Loss – Rainbow Baby


The only reason my daughter exists is because my other babies didn’t make it. A baby born after a miscarriage or loss of a baby is referred to as a rainbow baby. This month we remember all babies born sleeping, or we’ve carried but never met, those we’ve held but couldn’t take home, the ones […]

I’m Still Here

doctor with female patient

In March I told you I was taking a break from blogging for a while. I needed to step away and refresh myself and take time for me and my family. But that was only part of the truth. It’s been a couple of months of non-stop stress, between work, family, home and health issues. […]

I’m Still Here


Oops. I’m on a break and I forgot to tell you. I want to do a really good job as a blogger. I want to do this with joy and excitement and inspire you. But sometimes I need to step away and refresh myself and this is one of those times. I need to take […]

Creating the Best Year Yet – 2015 Goals


I can’t believe it’s 2015. But here we are. During the month of December, I spent a lot of time reflecting on my goals for 2014 and considering why I fell short on many of them. With these things in mind, I tried to be much more realistic of life, time restraints, and projects already […]

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