From the Momfilter Archives  I am big on afternoon tea, year round, but in the winter, I get even more into it. I don’t mean high tea with cookies and all that…I mean a nice loose leaf tea which requires some quasi-ceremony. It breaks up the weekend afternoon, and is a ritual we all look […]

showtime 3

These days, every time I sit down in our upstairs hallway after dinner I have the same thought. Is this the last time I’m going to watch A Show? “A Show:” This is what Esme, 9, and Eliza, 7,  call what they’ve been periodically performing for us during the small window of time between dinner clean-up and […]

date night

We have friends who live in England, who seemed very perplexed when we asked them if they have a weekly date night, going out, just the two of them.They said that they have “date night” every night in a way, as they eat dinner together every night after putting their daughter to bed. They get […]

family ring

We met Katie at the school auction, and fell in love with her ring. But the story behind the ring is even better. As we remember it, a family member gave the ring to her cousin…and after a few years of wearing it, her cousin decided that it should be shared and enjoyed throughout the […]


This past summer on an ordinary Wednesday my husband declared that that, “Tomorrow will be Lolo Day.” Lolo is our son’s nickname for his much-loved nanny, Myrtle, a woman certainly deserving of a holiday. My heart melted as my husband took it upon himself to make a card of appreciation, pick up a gift certificate […]


I have been advocating knife purchases for children for sometime (see my post from last year.) Usually I advise finding some vintage model in your local flea market that has some history or patina—one that is a bit worn down and dull that can’t cause too much damage or carnage. Well, if fleas aren’t your thing […]


I was at a friend’s house for brunch and after our dirty dishes were cleared, she set out stacks of simple white side plates and black permanent markers. We were directed to grab a plate and start doodling. Even those claiming zero artistic ability got into this surprise art project inspired by designer James Victore’s […]


As much as we would like to be the people who keep a journal of their dinner parties, or have a guest book, we just aren’t. Believe me, we have bought lovely blank books for just such occasion. There might be an entry, or 8, over the course of 10 years…but there is nothing done […]

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