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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

What are you most thankful for?

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With Thanksgiving today I thought I’d take this opportunity to list what I am most thankful for this year. 1. My daughter I’m so thankful that I’m a mom.  There were so many years when all I could do was long to have children of my own.  Then, finally, I had my daughter. Even on those […]

Tips for Photographing Young Kids

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You may have noticed I haven’t posted as frequently, it’s because the summer days are just too precious to not enjoy.  I just hope everyone is well, staying healthy, and enjoying time with family and friends! One of the fun things we’ve been up to this summer was last weekend we had a photos taken […]

40 Questions to Ask Your Parents and Grandparents

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Today is my Grandma’s 89th birthday and I’ve been thinking about all the things I know (and don’t know) about her and that side of our family. I grew up living only a few blocks away from my maternal grandparents, so we’ve always been very close. As many of you know my daughter was born […]

Birthday Questions

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My daughter turned three-years-old yesterday and we had such a great time celebrating her birthday! So, I was on Pinterest getting ideas for her birthday and came across a really cool idea. You ask your kid the same questions on their birthday every year starting at 3 years old.  Put it all together in a […]

Grandparent Scams Steal Thousands from Seniors

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A few weeks ago, my 88 year-old Grandma called me one night laughing and asked me how my day in jail was? I was like, what the hell are you talking about?! Apparently, she got one of those scam phone calls from some woman claiming to be her oldest granddaughter (uh no, that would be […]

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