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New Hope for My Lifelong Struggle with Eczema
Hi. I’m Ilana and I have struggled with eczema my whole life. But thanks to two recent discoveries, I might finally have a way to keep it in check.
Mazzy has a Future In Meme Creation
Some kids learn math or law or engineering from their parents. My kids learn meme creation.
That Time Mazzy Was Asked to Brag About Herself
In the hallway of Mazzy’s school, student projects often hang outside the classroom. When Mazzy’s work is on the wall, I can’t help but compare hers to the other kids in the class.
Spending New Year’s Eve on the Slopes
We decided to switch it up this year and spend New Year’s Eve in Vermont, skiing, sipping hot chocolate and eating s’mores.
My Top Ten Moments of 2019
My “Top Ten Moments of 2019” focuses on the stuff that was important to me (both big moments and small), as opposed to what did well on Instagram.
Welcoming in a New Decade
Mike and I started this decade as total parenting newbies, with a three week old baby girl. It is honestly hard to remember what life was like before then.
Our Remarkably Average Chrismakuh is Actually Pretty Perfect
Four years ago, even though I didn’t know it at the time, an important family tradition was born. It’s not just the giving and the magic. It’s the holiday we host in our home.
Mazzy and Harlow Met the Real Santa
Mazzy has been doubting Santa since last year, but has not fully given up on him yet. While we were waiting for him to come over, she said, “If he’s really Santa, he’ll know my birthday.”
Our Coffee Shop Closed
The Bean closed. That’s the coffee shop next to our bus stop where we’ve been buying morning muffins for the past six years. It feels like an era is over.
A Tale of Two Thanksgivings
For Thanksgiving, we now have a tradition of two very different evenings. “Adult Thanksgiving” at Mike’s family’s house on Thursday night and “Kid Thanksgiving” at Grammy’s house on Friday.
Happy Birthday to Me!
At the end of November, neatly tucked between Harlow’s birthday and Mazzy’s birthday, and almost always completely overshadowed by Thanksgiving, is a much lesser known occasion.
How We Spent Harlow’s 7th Birthday
For her 7th birthday, Harlow requested Chinese takeout, doughnuts and to watch a movie at home. Honestly, I cannot think of a better way to spend an evening.
7 Things I Love About Harlow on her 7th Birthday
Harlow turned seven(!) on Friday and to commemorate this moment in time, I’d like to write about what a unique bundle of joy my daughter is turning out to be.
We Rode a Parade Float in New Orleans
Harlow said it was her third favorite day ever, after the day she was born and her first birthday. Mazzy said the experience was tied with our trip to Disney World. MIKE DANCED! I will remember this night as one of my most fun ever.
The Origin Story of “Fashion Panda”
I didn’t know what Harlow meant what she told me she wanted to be “a panda, but fashion.” But come Friday night, I felt foolish for ever doubting her.
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