James + James


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I LOVE my kitchen table. People tell me that they love it too. Of course, Paul says they just tell me this to be nice. But he tells me that every time someone mentions that they like something we have, the names of our kids, […]

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What I’ve Learned About Returning to Work


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After having 4 babies in less than 5 years, I should know a thing or to about how to manage the transition back to work. I think that I do, but the truth is, it’s always hard. And, once you think you’ve got some semblance […]

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Around town: Blaze Pizza


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Have you been to Blaze Pizza? It’s a fast-casual pizza place where you pick your own toppings, assembly-line style (think Chipotle).  Then your pizza goes into a super hot oven and comes out ready to eat in about three minutes. It’s such a great concept, […]

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The Hygge Life: Snow Days


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What do you do when it snows? I have a friend who lives in Finland with her husband and two kids.  Apparently, they take off the wheels and put sled bottoms on all of the strollers in the winter there. It’s just how they roll […]

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Instant Pot or Not?


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It seems like Instant Pots are all the rage these days. Lots of people are crazy about their Instant Pot while others are still not sure they’re worth the counter space.  While I don’t actually have an Instant Pot, I have the functional equivalent.   I’ve […]

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According to Science: Ice Cream and Babies


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  For better results, eat ice cream for breakfast. According to a study conducted by Professor Yoshihiko Koga at Kyorin University, subjects who ate ice cream immediately after waking up had faster response times and more brainwave activity than those who did not or those […]

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A Year Without Shopping


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Another Resolution A few years ago, after deciding that we have way too much stuff, I instituted the “5 luxury items” rule. I decided to try to only purchase 5 luxury items per year. A “luxury item” being anything that does not replace something that […]

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The Three Recipes


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I’ve been keeping track of how many new recipes I try each year since 2011.  I’m not sure if anyone else does this, but I use it to prevent getting into a “dinner rut”.  As a type-A , lover of lists, this one has helped […]

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For Isla, on the Event of Your Third Birthday


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Good thing I’m on maternity leave. Isla wanted a doll cake for her birthday and let me just tell you. Doll cake does not make itself. After this abject failure in the birthday cake making department, I decided to try again. Using not one, but […]

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Embracing the Chaos: Four under Five


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It feels so strange to say that I am a mother of four.  FOUR.  Less than five years ago I wasn’t officially anyone’s mother yet.  Now, I have four. When I was pregnant with the last one, Noelle, so many people asked me or just […]

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