Cirque du Work from Home Mommy: The Ultimate Balancing Gone Wrong

May 15, 2014

I was out in the garden the other afternoon watering the pods with one hand and taking a work call with the other, when a nosy neighbor peaked through the fence to say, “Hi.”  No doubt she’d been attracted by the sound of me apparently muttering to myself in the yard. Not wanting to be [...]

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I Love My Job

April 30, 2014

I work in a field that spans several industries; manufacturing, hospitality, engineering, medicine, and futures… to name a few. My position is one that fosters creativity and collaboration, rewards ingenuity and encourages flexibility. There may be days where I get lost daydreaming about a long overdue vacation but… I love my job. My coworkers aren’t [...]

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Easter Egg Wrestling: More Fun than the Hunt

April 18, 2014

As my kids got older, hunting Easter Eggs wasn’t quite as fun as it used to be. Okay maybe it’s just that hiding the suckers got harder. Our family still loved to color and eat them. So what would we do with them in between? The answer… Get Your Egg Wrestler Ready!   Hard boil [...]

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Guard Your Manhood: And Other Head-Scratching Moments

April 10, 2014

Life is filled with head-scratching moments. Like, why are there people out there who claim to hate chocolate? Really??? I’m not buying it. Or why does my 9 year old son’s hair smell like wet dog… no matter how many times I wash it. Seriously, boys smell! Every now and then one of those moments [...]

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You’re Never Too Old for Peanut Butter & Jelly … Martinis

April 2, 2014

Peanut Butter and Jelly – that classic combo nearly every child has adored – has been honored with it’s own day of national recognition. A day on which millions will take a huge bite out of tradition, ceremoniously gluing globs of goo-covered bread to the roofs of their mouths marking the occasion with the pomp [...]

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“Taste Washington” a Food & Wine Pairing Journey

March 27, 2014

Traveling through the taste buds is the ultimate experiential journey. Few things serve to acquaint you better with a culture or destination than getting to know the culinary landscape. The beauty of this is that you don’t necessarily need to be in the geographical area to experience what it has to offer. Visiting cultural enclaves [...]

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Tips for the Aspiring Traveler: Go. See. Do.

March 25, 2014

“I’d love to travel, if only ________.” Have a long list of ways to fill in that blank? Here is the thing, all of them are invalid. Why? Because you’re looking at travel entirely wrong. As a kid the longest trip we ever took was the trek from our home in California to visit family [...]

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The Contagious Attitude Adjustment

March 19, 2014

Positivity can sometimes feel positively impossible. Even the most chipper of chickens can have a hard time being all rainbows and unicorns when faced with the deluge of daily “to-dos”. Add to that the rudeness and general level of asshatery that seems to pervade public interactions, and frankly one could be left to wonder why [...]

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Gourmet Made Easy: Garlic Cream Chicken and Vegetables (a la Julie)

March 14, 2014

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” ~Cesar Chavez A fitting quote for a post that is just as much about food as it is about friendship. The author of today’s guest post and I [...]

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Pairing Wine & Chocolate: A Recipe for Dark Chocolate Pot de Crème

March 7, 2014

Like most tales worth telling, this one begins with wine. For a twist in the plot, we’ll open this parable on the back of the bottle. Our journey takes us into a world where ancient fruit meets the dark soul of the cacao bean. A torrid affair of vine and pod. Okay, so maybe it [...]

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