Kveller – Why I Miss BabyGap

When I was a new mom, I adored BabyGap. The whole concept was brilliant: Dress your babies in clothes that you would wear, only smaller. The simple fact that these clothes were so small made them cute.

When my son was a baby, I dressed him in BabyGap argyle socks and BabyGap soft knit winter hats — the ones with the earflaps on them. He also wore BabyGap khaki pants that looked just like the ones my husband wore, only the baby ones had snaps down the legs to make diaper changes easier. Read full article here.

The Huffington Post – Save the Handwritten Notes!

The big bone of contention in our wedding planning nearly 18 years ago centered on our invitations. My soon to be groom and I thought response cards were an absolute must. It was a no-brainer for us to include them, as they would make it easy for our invitees to tell us if they would attend or not. My mother, the CEO of the entire wedding operation thought otherwise.

“A person should know to take out a piece of paper and write us a note. ”

In the end, my mother won out. She was footing the bill, and so eventually we just gave up the fight. There was also a part of me that deep down knew she was right. She almost always was. Although not convenient and in the modern era most unconventional, not including a response card in an invitation and having a “person” take out a piece of paper and write a thoughtful handwritten note to my parents on the occasion of my wedding to my groom was an elegant, beautiful and meaningful thing to do. Read full article here.

Kveller – When Does Our “Real Life” Begin?

I am a planner. I like to write my plans down in my paper calendar, and I derive great pleasure in looking ahead at the calendar to see what’s on the horizon. This past summer, in a massive purge of old boxes in my basement, I found a slew of calendars from my past. I laughed out loud at my younger self, perusing through my high school wall calendar, which included such events as History test, school dance and sleepover at friend’s house.

Those calendars almost always included some sort of colorful count down to the next big thing—the end of the school year, the first day of camp, a graduation, the start of a new school. I seemed to always be waiting on what came next. I remember telling myself that my life, my real life, would start whenever that next thing happened. Read full article here.

The Huffington Post – The Summer of De-Cluttering (It’s Okay to Tall to Your Sweaters)

Since dropping out of my long-standing and beloved book club (I still feel kind of bad about that), I’ve had the chance to dig into so much of the delicious nonfiction patiently waiting for me on my virtual nightstand. Some of my favorites have included Amy KrouseRosenthal’s Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Sheryl Sandberg’s Option B, Ariel Levy’s The Rules Do Not Apply and most recently Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project plusMarie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

I am ridiculously envious of each of these authors’ amazing writing styles and have learned so much from their beautifully told stories. After staying up way too late a few nights in a row to read the last two, I felt like someone was really trying to tell me something. Maybe it was the lack of sleep or self editing notes

swirling around in my head, but I couldn’t seem to focus on any work project for a significant period of time without leaving my home office desk for a glance into my cluttered closets, overstocked bookshelves and expired staple food filled pantry. Read full article here.