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 […]

My teeth felt fine BEFORE going to the dentist!


Well hey there everyone!  I am slowwwwwwly lifting my head up and returning to the land of the living after a few weeks in dental hell. Let me catch you up…so last month I went to a new dentist because my previous dentist of 20 years recently retired. New dentist came highly recommended and had […]

Potty Training Tips – What Worked For Us


Potty training my daughter was such an intimidating task and one I had been dreading and avoiding. But I am happy to report that things are going very well! She’s still wearing a diaper at night but I am breathing a huge sigh of relief that we seem to have turned a corner on potty […]

Make It Happen


I’m a big believer of the “Make It Happen” mentality.  If you want something bad enough, you go for it. It’s completely on you to make time for it, make a plan and MAKE IT HAPPEN.  I really dislike listening to people complain about wanting something but never actually taking the effort to find a […]

We Started Potty Training and It Totally Sucks


I know everyone says this, but I really cannot believe how quickly my daughter is growing, changing and developing. She turns 3 next month and has been showing signs she’s ready to start potty training for a while now. That being said, I’ve been procrastinating. She’s been showing all the signs of being ready to […]

Summer 2014 – Things To Do


The summer solstice is the longest day of the year. This year, it falls on Saturday, June 21st! This should serve as a reminder for us all of to get out there and enjoy the summer! Since summer seems to always fly by at warp speed, I thought it would be a good idea to […]

Ten Days, a Damaged Car, Multiple Lies, and One Next Step


After 21 months, our incredible first au pair (aupair 1) finished her time with us last week. Our new au pair arrived ten days ago and they had a one week overlap to transition. As I mentioned in Monday’s post we have been dealing with issues with our new au pair. Even in the best […]



Holy cow, how is it Monday and more importantly, how is it June already? Life has been completely crazy. Starting with work…I was supposed to have a 4 day week, and yet somehow managed to work 40 hours in 4 days in addition to a few hours over the weekend!  As you may recall my […]

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