The Two-Month Mark & Asthma Update

Monday marked our 8th week here in Idaho.  Two months have flown by like a dream and, so far, the move is everything we hoped it would be.  As we’ve settled into our new home and our new city I’ve been focused on helping my kids get used to life as we now know it. […]

How Having Paid Maternity Leave Benefited My New Motherhood

Fact: Right now the United States is the only major country on earth that does not guarantee paid leave to workers. I was shocked to realize that when it comes to maternity leave not all employers offer the much-needed time for new parents to bond and care for their new infant. As a mother myself, […]


13 Perfect Places To Take Toddlers In (Or Near) Philly

Life with toddlers has a unique pace.  You desperately structure daylight hours around snacks, lunch, and naps.  You try to stave off meltdowns and tantrums with ninja-like reflexes by maintaining blood sugar levels, encouraging play and praying for sleep. I spent four years with babies and toddlers in Philadelphia and I found myself constantly searching […]

Flashing Way Back To 1982-ish

1982 doesn’t just feel like a different time – it feels like a different world.  The days were filled with backyard playing, encore dinners, Happy Days on TV and my parents house bustling with the activity of seven Monari kids. My oldest brothers were big high school kids – running off to crew practice, swim […]

Great House News

Moving, moving, moving. We accepted an offer on our house yesterday!  As many of you know, selling our house has been a long process for us.  This property has been the only thing anchoring us to Philadelphia.  Now we are able to set plans in motion to make our big move out West. It’s nice to […]

What I Learned From An Awesome (Toddler) Drag Show

So, this happened:  In case you are wondering what is on the sweet little mischievous faces of my messy toddlers – that would be makeup: Eyebrows:  OPI Nail Lacquer. Shade:  Cozu-melted in the Sun Chin:  Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.  Shade:  Caviar Ink Cheeks:  Bare Escentuals Yellow Eyecolor.  Shade: Trophy Wife Application Tools / Technique: Shiseido The Makeup Concealer […]