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I’ve killed every plant I’ve ever owned. Last winter, my sister-in-law graciously gifted me succulents—plants that theoretically take care of themselves. They didn’t make it to summer. Currently, once-beautiful tulips sit wilting by my kitchen sink. I love the idea of plants. I love how they create a warm, inviting atmosphere in our home. I[…]

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I love back-to-school season. The thrill of buying new pens, fresh books ready to be cracked open, and possibility hanging in the air. I’m a nerd, and I’ll own it. Give me a gift card to Staples, and I’m a happy woman. However, since becoming a mom of school-age kids, the season has turned bittersweet.[…]

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Second only to Black Friday, Tax-Free Weekend brings shoppers out in hoards. And why not? With back-to-school shopping looming over parents’ heads, we’d do just about anything to save a few bucks, am I right? While my first instinct is to hunker down rather than face the retail masses, I know that with two of[…]

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