12 May 2014
I had such a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday. My amazing husband let me sleep in while he took care of the girls. Then Ruthie and Noah...
a Mother's Day reflection on the women that changed my life
29 Apr 2014
Death of a Pet Chicken
Late last night, we heard a horrible noise. But living off of a busy street, we learned to ignore most noises that manage to filter through our...
Rest in Peace Sunshine
31 Mar 2014
A Philippine Adventure
My family and I just recently came back from our first big international trip from the Philippines together. We had such a wonderful time. But the...
13 Feb 2014
Thumb-Bunny Loves You!
With about two feet of snow in our front door- we are definitely staying in for the rest of the day. So while the kids and I...
an easy peasy DIY crafting project for toddlers on Valentines day
10 Dec 2013
Fried Chicken and Waffles Party
Throughout my pregnancy I craved three things- fried chicken, waffles and beer. I knew since then that whether my baby was a boy or a girl, I...
celebrating Miya's 1st birthday with fried chicken and waffles
9 Dec 2013
Deck the Halls with Boughs of Joy
I love dressing up our home for Christmas. Between all the twinkly lights, the tree and the escalating anticipation for the Christmas Day, the house feels positively...
decking the halls for Christmas
6 Nov 2013
Crafting with the Kids: Gilded Notebooks
Ruthie and I have been making holiday presents on and off for three years now. I wanted her to understand that the holidays was about the joy...
an awesome DIY holiday present
5 Nov 2013
Ten Years Ten Questions
My wonderful stepdaughter, Ruthie, turned 10 this weekend. It's been officially five years since she came into my life and stole my heart.
a mini-interview about life with my stepdaughter
22 Oct 2013
Something magical is happening to our neighborhood. Since the summer, Ruthie and I have heard a rumor that there is a fairy migration happening across the country.
16 Oct 2013
Chicago Marathon 2013
While this 2013 Chicago Marathon was my fifth, this race was a first in many ways. Miya was still fast asleep when I left the hotel, so...
reflections on grieving and the Chicago marathon
15 Oct 2013
Life as a Big Sister
I love my stepdaughter. Ruthie brings such happiness wherever she goes.
reflections of Ruthie's journey into being a big sister
7 Oct 2013
The Truth About Traveling with a Baby Under One
Traveling with a child under 1 year old is never really truly enjoyable. There's always a sense of relief and triumph through surviving time away from home...
alternate title: the night of no sleep
25 Sep 2013
Catalina Bondoc Viray
2013 has officially kicked my ass. My grandmother passed away yesterday and I have been trying to process that loss since I found out.
in memory of my grandmother
29 Aug 2013
A little while ago, we started a new segment on the blog called "Ruthie's Reviews." Here, my step daughter, Ruthie, explores various venues and establishments and gives...
a new segment hosted by Ruthie Pines exploring kid-friendly places
19 Aug 2013
I find that people have an increasing level of disenchantment with traveling these days. Between airline delays, overpriced, bad airport food- the magic of airline travel has...
reflections on traveling
25 Jul 2013
Let’s talk about sex, baby
Let's talk about sex, baby Let's talk about you and me Let's talk about all the good things And the bad things that may be...
girl talk on sex and marriage- let's get real
18 Jul 2013
I was not always a runner. In fact, I struggled to finish a mile all throughout high school. But since insomnia ran in my family and...
reflections on running, life and death
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