Dear Coach, …Sincerely, Every Parent

Dear Coach, …Sincerely, Every ParentDear Coach, Here is my child, a player for your team. This is difficult for me because I am entrusting you with a child I love more than life itself. It seems silly that a volunteer with 8 games and 6 practices can shape my child’s life, but it’s true. So coach, there are a few things I wanted you to know and that I hope you will share with my [more]

24 Minutes on the Google Timer

24 Minutes on the Google TimerYou can do anything for 24 minutes. You can even write and publish a blog post (we shall see).  Why 24 minutes you might ask, well I don't have a good reason for choosing this number, it just seemed a reasonable amount of time that I could work productively before needing a break. And the truth is, it's working!  I'm using a very simple tool that you can find [more]

Buying the Grinch a Muffin Part II the Sequel

Buying the Grinch a Muffin Part II the SequelYes, there is a sequel a more important, funny, Christmas spirited sequel to the Buying the Grinch a Muffin story.  If you haven't read part one than stop reading this, it won't make any sense, in fact, if you are not a believer it may not make any sense at all. Read the original post here: The Last Thing I Did was Buy the Grinch Some Muffins  ....... go [more]

The last thing I did was buy the Grinch some muffins...

The last thing I did was buy the Grinch some muffins..."Where was the last place you had it?"  says every Mom every time their panicked child can't find something.  The last place I had my wallet was at Stop and Shop and the last thing I did was buy the Grinch some muffins. Unfortunately that was 24 hours ago and it was definitely the last place I had my wallet.  It's December 23rd and I am supposed to be out [more]

I Miss Toys R Us

I Miss Toys R UsI miss Toys R Us, I really do.  Aisle after aisle of options, catalogs full of exciting ideas, new wish lists generated daily for Santa to consider.  Gone are the good old days when price, technology and brand were not even considered.  I miss the days when the best gift could be found for less than $10 and stocking stuffers were bigger than the stocking [more]

No Thanksgiving without Snoopy... since 1973

No Thanksgiving without Snoopy... since 1973My unconventional Snoopy centerpiece reflects two very important aspects of our family's Thanksgiving celebration: 1) A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a must watch! I have been watching Snoopy fight with that lawn chair and play ping-pong while singing Little Birdie since 1973! https://youtu.be/AnohHTLMs3Q 2) The stuffed bird is as close as I get to cooking on [more]

Sticker Price - College Searches and Car Dealerships

Sticker Price - College Searches and Car DealershipsThe college search I am enduring with my eldest child has followed nearly the same trajectory of information and emotions as buying a car.  To quote my father, buying a car is a "necessary evil" and in many ways buying a college education these days feels exactly the same. My breakthrough in this analogy comes from reading a blog post on NPR titled  "What [more]

The Back To School Honeymoon is OVER!

The Back To School Honeymoon is OVER!It is officially Fall and it is time to face facts -  The back to school honeymoon is OVER!  Don't kid yourself or worse blame yourself that your goals for the school year are dwindling before your eyes.  You are not alone, I repeat, we are all rowing in this sinking boat. So, for goodness sake, let's stop pretending... ... that all of the tags haven't been [more]

First Day of School Fail, Saved by Text Message!

First Day of School Fail, Saved by Text Message!You would think with 15 “first day of schools” under my belt (41 if you multiply that by the number/ages of the kids I have) that I would have this down. Well, you would be wrong, and I proved it in spectacular fashion this morning. All good first day of schools start the night before and for the moment, I was on top of my game.  Outfits picked out, [more]

It's that Time of Year Again.... To Do for Summer!

It's that Time of Year Again.... To Do for Summer! Summer Bucket List 2015 Thank you to the blog Empowering Parents for posting my article about one of my favorite family activities Creating a Summer Bucket List!   Read more about the values this special "To Do for Summer" list encourages such as accountability and commitment: http://bit.ly/1Ib8Zq8           For [more]

Every Day In May 2015 Starts in Two Days!

Every Day In May 2015 Starts in Two Days! Every Day In May - How to Play!  Everyone Wins - Really! The rules are simple.  Choose something that you can do Every Day in May that will have you living better.  You can do something new, you can stop doing something old, you can move, eat, read, even think about something Every Day in May!  That's it!  Post your challenge with friends and [more]

For $1.98 You Could Be Living Better in April!

For $1.98 You Could Be Living Better in April!What is better than a delicious cup of $.99 coffee? A delicious cup of coffee and a book to have you living better! For a limited time, the month of April, 2015, you can get the kindle version of Barbies in the Horse Bin ~ Living Better with Organized Children for just $.99. (or 99 cents - where is that "cents" symbol on the keyboard????) Either way it will [more]

Spring Clean Your InBox the Easy Way!

Spring Clean Your InBox the Easy Way!One hour on a Sunday afternoon and I am now Inbox message free!  I know, it's not brain surgery but let me give you some hints that make it go faster and easier! In full disclosure, I would not have taken on this task except for the storage warnings my webserver was sending me on a daily basis.  13,000+ emails in my InBox, what's the problem?   Anyway, [more]

"No Space Between Us" from the movie Spanglish

I love the unexpected.  I especially love when life gives you a moment in time that is so truly ordinary and void of expectation and suddenly (or even slowly) it turns into a pivotal moment.  An aha moment if you will, a moment of clarity and understanding. Now, I never could have anticipated being thankful for the nasty cold virus that descended upon my [more]

When you invite people to your home...

When you invite people to your home...   Everything in your house tells your story.  Your house is your home when you fill it with the things you love, the things that make you smile and the things that tell your story.  Let go of everything else and invite people to your home. One of my favorite quotes from Barbies in the Horse Bin and a message I hope resonates with you as much as it [more]

Cozi Family Calendar to Sponsor Book Talk

Cozi Family Calendar to Sponsor Book TalkMy first official book talk for Barbies in the Horse Bin ~ Living Better with Organized Children is scheduled at one of my favorite places, the Sandwich Public Library.   Please join me on Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30 pm, as I sign my first book (hmmm....what to say?) and donate it to a terrific group of people who have provided a wonderful array of memories for [more]