I swear I will not let the holiday season take me down this year.  Each year, I have every intention of slowing down, planning ahead, and taking time for myself……and every year, I whiff that plan and end up having a meltdown in some inappropriate place and soothing my soul with Doritos. At this time […]

to do list

Are you overwhelmed? If you answered no,  I’d like your number so I can call you in the middle of the night when I can’t find a pen in my dark bathroom where I need to write down all the to-do list items that have reproduced in my head like a family of baby bunnies.  […]


The soursop might just be the best tasting fruit we’ve ever had–super sweet, amazing texture…but apparently the leaves when made into a tea are a real miracle. At least this is what they say in Antigua, where we just learned about them. Apparently they just boil the leaves in water and make a tea, and […]

xmas tree

Christmas makes people do some crazy sh*t. Mostly women – because, for some reason, the bulk of the gift buying, gift wrapping, gift sending, party planning, holiday card creating/sending, menu planning, calendar management, wardrobe procuring, costume sewing and relative-pleasing is done by the woman of the family. And so it’s no wonder that I walked […]


December 1:   The Holiday Season Begins.….and it goes surprisingly smoothly. We recently moved across the country so we were a little unsure of how this would go:  we have no family, no social group, and we’re not involved in anything. Which sounds really sad but actually no family no friends no activities equals nothing on […]

xmas tree

For my husband Mike, there is direct correlation between his success and the size of our Christmas tree. In the early years of our marriage we had small salaries and small apartments and he always lobbied for not getting a tree.   And I was like “What’s WRONG with you? You don’t NOT get a […]


Momfilter has gotten a handful of emails about the emphasis that schools place on standardized state tests, namely the math tests that start in 3rd grade in some states. The question to Dr. Maksik is how we as parents help our kids—and therefore ourselves—deal with this stress that many kids feel leading up to these […]

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