The Best Mother’s Day Gift: My Children

Best Mother's Day Gift My Children

Yesterday was my son’s  7th birthday. Seven years ago, one week before Mother’s Day, he made me a mother. Four years later, one week after Mother’s Day, I became a mother again. This time, to a daughter. I was gifted with two amazing little people. There are some ways that bringing my babies into the {… Continue Reading …}

Our Trip to the National Museum of Play

museum of play

Last week the kids and I played hookie we took a field trip to Rochester to visit a friend and go to the National Museum of Play. That place is seriously awesome. I can’t even put into words all they have to offer, so I will let them do the talking. You’re never too big {… Continue Reading …}

Little Old Ladies

Little Old Ladies

Little Old Ladies. Who used to meet their friends for coffee at Woolworth’s. Who would wrap their restaurant leftovers in napkins and put them in their purse. Who used their caring insightfulness to help guide us through our troubles. Who we named our babies after. Remember them? I do. I’ve been struck, lately, by this {… Continue Reading …}

Eight Hopes and Dreams for Two Kids

beautiful-babies-by-elaine-griffin-designs

It occurred to me around Mother’s Day that I have never really sat down and thought about my hopes and dreams for my kids. Of course, I want the obvious things that we all want for our kids – health, happiness, etc, but I’ve never participated in any deeper reflection, because, frankly, in general, it’s {… Continue Reading …}

Gotta Have that Funk?

George Clinton, courtesy of Wikipedia

I’m in a funk. When did this happen? When I took a vacation. And didn’t work, or blog, or be on the computer at all, really. Which is wonderful, but I got out of a groove, and into a funk, and not of the George Clinton variety. And now I have all of these things {… Continue Reading …}

My passion project: Reclaiming my power so I can be here for everyone else

passion and success quote from Walter Cronkite by Elaine Griffin Designs

The NaBloPoMo prompt for today is: Are you pursuing a passion project? It is funny that this prompt comes today. Since last week I have been mulling over a blog post about how women set personal and professional goals and prioritize life so they can be better to themselves, their children, spouses, and what have {… Continue Reading …}

Holiday traditions part 1

Elf on a Shelf

This week on our podcast, Kate and Laine’s Ultimate Podcast, we are gearing up for the holidays and discussing our favorites, like shopping, food, music, etc. In preparation for recording the podcast, I thought it might be nice to outline some of my holiday favorites. So here we go: Favorite place to shop – local, {… Continue Reading …}

Epic mommy fail

Here’s the setup We are a one car family. Which is great for the environment and our perpetually empty bank account, but it kind of, okay, really sucks. But we make do. My husband car pools to work a couple days a week and I make arrangements to have all the doctor appointments, errands, etc. {… Continue Reading …}

School pictures are totally stupid and totally rockin’

Laine's school pictures

I am sending my son off for his first school pictures today and I know this sounds crazy guys, but I am giving myself MAD PROPS for not micromanaging this occasion! Perhaps it was because I never got the school pictures I wanted when I was a kid. I’m sorry mom, I just didn’t. Perhaps {… Continue Reading …}

Being realistic when you are a planning over-achiever with big, sweet dreams

Rosie

The planning Here it is for the world to read. I will say it out loud as I type, to carry the point to my poor little psyche. My name is Elaine Griffin and I am an organized disaster. A hot mess in an old dress. Which is actually a nightgown I have had has {… Continue Reading …}