back to school with goldfish smiles


My kids just went back to school for the second time this year. Last week, their dad took them out of school to go to Disneyland, which was a blast, but now they all have to get back into the swing of things around here. So, needless to say, getting them to school this week, has been AWESOME!!!.

Hope you don’t mind my touch of sarcasm there.

our favorite toy of the summer: kiwi crate summer discovery pack


How is everyone’s summer going? It’s hot, hot, hot here. We’ve been going to the water park about once a week, but I have to confess, a lot of the time, we stay cool inside. Isn’t that terrible? I like being outside when it’s 80ºF or below, but a 100º is just a little too much for this New England girl.

Today is one of those days, and that means I have to find things to do (or let them watch TV and feel guilty for the rest of the day) so everyone doesn’t get bored and start killing each other.

despicable me 2 delivers!


Did you love the first Despicable Me? Seriously, who didn’t? What was not to love about the minions, Gru and the girls, and most of all, Agnes? The sequel has been anticipated at our house for as long as and as much as Man of Steel, if not more.


That’s why we were ecstatic to be invited to a screening of Despicable Me 2 last week. Though the theater was packed with more babies and children than adults, the children all seemed thoroughly engaged in what they were watching, and no one was disturbed by anyone getting out of hand.

how to paint like Eric Carle


I grew up with Eric Carle books, and now my kids are. Eric is still alive at eighty-four, has illustrated over seventy books, and has sold over 103 million copies of his books around the world. Now that is the stuff of legends.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? was a nightly ritual at our house, as were many of his others. I love that so many Eric Carle books have always pushed the envelope. The Very Hungry Caterpillar  isn’t just a book about a caterpillar who eats through cake and candy, which is already fun, but there are actual holes in the pages, and different sized pages to take you through the days of the week. It’s genius.

Years and years ago, I saw an episode of Mister Rogers Neighborhood where Mr. Rogers visited with Eric Carle at his studio and demonstrated how he creates his illustrations. I’ve always wanted to show my kids how to do it. So today, for Eric Carle’s birthday, we did it.