Scallops in Sage Brown Butter with Spinach Risotto

In the previous month, while completing my typical Aldi shopping for the week, I noticed something new in the frozen food section. Aldi is great at adding different selections periodically, which is #1001 on my list of things I love about it. This week it was scallops. Fortuitously, I needed to plan our March dinner, and I’ve always wanted to try scallops. (more…)

40 Is Fabulous!

Family is fabulous. Friends are fabulous. Fairy gardens are fabulous. So how could my fortieth birthday party be anything less than fabulous? Well, there was the fact that I waited waaaay too long to secure a caterer and a cake (much to Ali’s ire, which, I’m not ashamed to say, brought me a bit of glee). My house wasn’t in shape at all to receive guests the day before. Oh, and I had given up on the outside long before. Anyone daring to come through the front door was at the mercy of overgrown shrubs. There was a 100% chance of rain. And I had a difficult time finding just the right things for the make-your-own-fairy-garden party favors.

(more…)

Beyond Spring Cleaning: Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

 

Hi, my name is Lesley, and I’m a terrible housekeeper. I really don’t think it’s a problem, though. On my list of priorities, it’s pretty low. I mostly have control of the situation. You can imagine how I feel about spring cleaning. I wash the windows that I look out of most often so I can actually enjoy spring when I do have to be cooped up in the house. Otherwise, I don’t do much spring cleaning. (more…)

What My Girls Are Bringing Home From Daycare

Choosing a daycare is an important decision. A lot goes into it. You have to be comfortable with the teachers, the food, the space, and the curriculum. When it comes to the girls’ daycare, I am happy. I feel confident that they will be safe and engaged with activities and learning. In fact, I am given evidence of their engagement and learning on a daily basis. They are sent home with multiple pages of artwork each day, most of which are haphazardly discarded on the floor of the car or torn into tiny pieces before we exit the parking lot. There is one brand of art activity, however, that I cannot discard with the heap. Every so often, daycare will send home a random object cut out of construction paper with my child’s head glued to it in a series I call “What daycare is gluing my kid’s head to today.” (more…)

Six Tips for Sleeping Well During Pregnancy

By Regina of momdiscuss.com

Many mothers expect to have sleepless nights after delivery, and so they are in most cases not prepared for the sleepless nights that come with pregnancy. The body goes through many changes during pregnancy, and the hormonal imbalances may make it hard for ladies to sleep. Stress and anxiety are almost inevitable for pregnant women also make it difficult for them to get any sleep. However, even with all these challenges, it is still possible to sleep well, and here are some tips to help you out. (more…)