Rainy Days

by Jessica 29 March 2014 Annabelle

  I work most Saturdays, which is okay with me because I love what I do.  I also love that I get to spend several afternoons a week with my kids, and I have the luxury of being able to both bring my kids to school, pick them up, and even pop into their classrooms [...]

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Sydney’s Home!

by Jessica 11 March 2014 Annabelle

This week we had a surprise visit from our nanny Sydney, who just came home for spring break from her college in South Carolina.   It was a complete surprise for the kids, as Sydney asked us to promise not to tell them.  They’ve been asking for her, and we’ve been face timing with her [...]

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Love Thyself

by Jessica 28 February 2014 Annabelle

I have felt the need to write the post that I am about to publish here for a long time.  What’s pushed me to finally press “publish” is a couple of things.  For the last year, my photography work has brought me closer and closer into contact with young adult women, some of whom would [...]

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A Review of The Life Organizer: A Woman’s Guide to a Mindful Year by Jennifer Louden

by Jessica 29 January 2014 Family Lifestyle

  A few weeks ago I received a copy of The Life Organizer: A Woman’s Guide to a Mindful Year by Jennifer Louden.   I had agreed to review a copy of this book (which I’ll do from time to time) because it came into my inbox at such a relevant time: the start of [...]

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Annabelle’s Birthday Interview–Yeah, I know. It’s a month late.

by Jessica 28 January 2014 Annabelle

    I’m over a month late with this post but I figured I might as well share it since it’s sweet and fun and I want to remember it.   For Annabelle’s 7th birthday, I interviewed her.  I saw Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry share posts on her children’s birthday where she [...]

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Type A Mom Hosts a Spa

by Jessica 20 December 2013 Annabelle

In November, about a month before Annabelle’s 7th birthday, Matt and I asked her what she wanted to do for her party this year.  We told her that she had to keep it small, with just a few friends at our house.  She thought that over for about ten seconds and then blurted out, “I [...]

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Thanksgiving 2013

by Jessica 5 December 2013 Annabelle

  We spend most of our Thanksgivings in Connecticut with my mom and Matt’s mom.  The holidays are my favorite time of year, but they can be hard for our family too. Not sure that I have ever mentioned this on the blog before, but Matt and I both lost our fathers at a pretty [...]

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Stay Calm this Thanksgiving

by Jessica 22 November 2013 Family Lifestyle

NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2013 – “Thanksgiving is fast approaching and many people are feeling a sense of dread,” notes mindfulness blogger Dani DiPirro. “The holiday should fill us with gratitude, but it’s not unusual to feel more panicked than peaceful. Staying thankful, even during the most stressful moments, is one of the best ways to fill [...]

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Permission Granted: 5 Ways to Find Rest this Holiday

by Jessica 22 November 2013 Balancing work and home

This article landed in my inbox from the team that works for Renee Trudeau and her blog about nurturing the family soul.  I love it!  I hope you do too! ************************************************************* Permission Granted: 5 Ways to Find Rest this Holiday Does the thought of hanging Christmas lights and attending holiday work parties make you want [...]

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Five Tips to Encourage Family Volunteering

by Jessica 22 November 2013 Balancing work and home

In my last couple of posts, I’ve shared that I am thinking more about how to raise children that are good human beings who appreciate all that they have.  And in turn, I’ve admitted that I hope that my children not only grow up to appreciate their family, the presence of a roof over their [...]

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