The Best Gift (for anyone!): Homemade Brownie Mix

The power of a thoughtful gift When people come to your home, do they bring you a hostess gift? When you visit other people’s home, do you bring them a small gift for their gracious hospitality and friendship? I find that a simple, thoughtful note or small gift is wonderful at solidifying friendships and establishing an atmosphere of gratitude. As…

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The Best Way to Spend an Evening in Washington DC

If you’ve followed along with my recent posts, then you have walked with me through my journey of parenthood…with a high school foreign exchange student!  She loves to travel (obviously!), finds history fascinating, feels cherished when we spend time together, and had a week off of school for Fall Break. Naturally, we took a vacation to Washington DC! (PsstHere are…

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This One Fact Will Change How You Interact With Food Over The Holidays

What if I told you that one nugget of information could radically change the way you approach food this Thanksgiving and Christmas? Maybe you’ve heard this tidbit before. Perhaps this is revolutionary news. Either way, I encourage you to intentionally meditate on this truth as the holidays loom closer. The Fact: Once you begin eating, it takes between 5 and…

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What’s an Advent Calendar, and Why Should Your Family Use One?

Dear busy Mama, Christmas is a busy season! I’m sure you find yourself overwhelmed with the shopping, gifts, parties, baking and family. Do you want (need?) to to slow down and focus on the true meaning behind Christmas? I have a great recommendation that will allow you to count down the days until Christmas in anticipation while centering your family…

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How And Why You Should Raise Your Kids To Be Bilingual

My husband and I are hosting a high school foreign exchange student from Italy. It’s been fascinating to hear her speak her native language, especially since we have been learning Italian for the past two years. But what we find even more intriguing is that she is fluent in 4 languages! Ummm…I only speak like one and a half. So…

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