Shakshuka it Up

Tygh and I have often have weird work schedules.  From call hours to shift changes, our schedules are rarely 8-5pm.  Which means the 2-kid dinner rush is sometimes endured as a single parent.  

I can't complain too much because neither of us travels significantly for work or is gone more than a night or two per week, so we always more than manage.  But still, after a long day, getting through the witching hour alone is enough to make me want to pour bowls of cereal for everyone and call it good (I've only done that a few times, I swear).

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Not So Farro Away

Montana maven,

This winter has been mild, but I am soooo ready for sunshine and warm days.    Yet, as I dash through the produce section at the store, with both kids shoved into the cart that has the plastic car on the front end (you know, the one that takes up the entire aisle and inspires looks of heartfelt pity from total strangers), it feels like springtime is still weeks away, even though the official first day of spring has come and gone. 

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A Side of Christmas

Hey there,

It’s almost Christmas.  I remember as a kid this being “the moooooost wonderful tiiiiiiiime of the yeeeeaaaarrr.”  I still feel that way, but, now, even more so because this will be the first year June is old enough to get it: Santa, reindeer, presents, etc.  We’ve been talking about the whole thing nonstop: what kind of cookies to make Santa (gingerbread men), what kind of treats to leave the reindeer (carrots) and what we are going to have for Christmas dessert (haven't quite decided yet).

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Easy Beansy Beautiful

So, after months of research and deliberation, I have finally done it.  I bought the Clarisonic Mia

It was time.  Post-partum skin notwithstanding, I’m now officially in my mid-thirties.  If I don’t start pushing the envelope on my skin care “regime,” I will be behind you and the rest of our peers, all of whom seem to have known that using hand-soap as facial cleanser is probably not the best idea.

What finally did it, you ask?  Blue Mercury! It’s here! In the great Pacific Northwest!  I took you there, didn’t I?  When you visited me in Philly?  It’s this fabulous luxury beauty product boutique where you can try EVERYTHING!  The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful.  Plus, they are great about returns.  Anyway, their first Seattle store opened up and, while waiting to take Harvey to the doctor for his 8-week appointment, I popped in. 

After trying a few lipsticks (I’m just loving anything bright pink these days) and rubbing like ten different lotions on various exposed body parts, I saw it.  The Mia.  Now, I have been researching this thing ad nauseum for months.  I’m not sure what I have been waiting for.  Perhaps a spontaneous reversal of the aging process? A sudden influx of money, for which we have no other use? Counter space? Whatever it is, it hasn’t happened.  It was time.  So, I splurged.

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