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Mission accomplished

Earlier this month I mentioned that we had stopped giving Leta treats, and many readers wrote to inquire how we went about such warfare and whether or not there were any casualties. I’ll admit, I thought it was going to be the worst battle we had ever fought as parents, worse even than when we [...]


Maybe only women will understand this, but do you ever catch yourself with your mouth wide open while you’re trying to apply mascara? And then if you try to close your mouth, if you concentrate on pressing your lips together, it’s almost impossible to apply your mascara correctly? Chuck experiences the exact same thing when [...]

Peacock feather necklace

One of the many lovely Hallmark employees that I met while in Kansas City, Amy Cecil, gave me this gorgeous handmade peacock feather necklace from her collection Apple Scraps. She makes necklaces from Mahjongg tiles, stained glass, sea glass, and scrabble tiles. This one in particular will go well with a layering of other necklaces, [...]

Pajama top

My mother bought Leta this new pair of princess pajamas, except Leta refuses to acknowledge that they are pajamas and insists on wearing them during the day. And she gets ANGRY when I call them pajamas, which makes me unable to resist the urge to call them pajamas, so because of my mother our lives [...]