Mother Daughter

The Space Between Head And Tail

It’s the time of year when this sentence echoes in my head: May we be the head and not the tail. Lead your life. Don’t follow. Think things through. Don’t just string along. Be the commander. Be in charge. Be empowered. I’m in Tel Aviv with the kids at the moment. We’re here to support my sister on the beginning of her journey as a mother. It has been years since the last time I celebrated Rosh Hashanah (Jewish new year’s [...]

Every Schlep Of The Way

Sharing the great outdoors with the kiddos is amazing!   Yes – it’s schlep-mania all the way through – from prepping and packing and cooking, through being there and making sure the toddler stays alive, and staying warm at night, making sure the dog doesn’t freeze to death (when you check the forecast and it shows a low of 55 but it ends up being a low of 34), making sure everyone stays hydrated, feeding everyone, cleaning up, hiking (even [...]

Born This Way – Blessings And Bummers Bound Together

A contemplation and a tale of Summer Solstice    We’re slow on weekend mornings. The kids try to get us out of bed. We refuse. It starts with our toddler. He has very sophisticated ways to try to get us to get up. Like screaming really loudly in our ears. Or sit on our heads. Or pull on my nipple. Or drop a water bottle on Andrew’s head. Then his sister comes to the rescue. And she has a lot [...]

Girl Boss Gone Bully

#GrilBoss has been trending for a while. It had always struck me as a good slogan. Women Empowerment is suuuuuuper important to me! Girls and women taking back what belongs to them – power, autonomy, choice – is beyond necessary. It’s a serious issue that cannot be taken lightly. Women’s Rights still need to be fought for. Just look at Alabama. We are still on the battlefield, people!   There’s a sexiness to Girl Boss. Not the kind that is [...]

A Little Goes A Long Way

I laid there so agitated. She wasn’t falling asleep. I could hear her breath so awake. And he was just all over the place. Switching sides like a maniac – right breast, left breast, right, left, right, left… SO ANNOYING! Go to sleep, little guy!   Yes, he’s almost two. Yes I still nurse him to sleep. Yes she’s six, and yes, I still cuddle her into her dreams. It’s our sweetest moment of the day. It’s when we get [...]

The Shape Of Muse

Muse.   The queen of creativity. The master of inspiration. The breath of life within the soul of an artist.   At the end of a full day of homemaking, and holding, and breastfeeding, and laughing, and playing, and cooking, and cleaning, and attending to meltdowns, and loving like there’s no tomorrow, and forgetting to smile, and turning my head so they won’t see me cry, and running around like a maniac, and organizing, and failing, and feeling time slipping [...]

Little girls need no perfect moms

Triggered. Triggered by being triggered. Raw. Stomach in knots. Heavy heart. Cloudy mind. Chewing on some thorny self disapproval. This morning's breakfast was brought to me by self loathing. Sometimes it's something so little and irrelevant that pushes the button and BAM! An explosion of disappointment and anger and frustration and deep sadness. All directed at moi from moi. Layered multi leveled extravaganza of everything that I think is wrong with me.   Moving through it. Breathing. Making space between me [...]