As moms, we know how awful it is when our children are sick. Some of us have dealt with the stress of having a child in the hospital, faced a complex medical problem or gone through extended treatment for an illness. It's difficult and emotionally draining, no doubt. However, most of us can't even fathom what it would be like for our son or daughter to have a life-limiting illness or condition. Sadly, for many families this is a reality. According to the International Children's Palliative Care Network (ICPCN), there are currently 21 million children in desperate need of palliative care worldwide. Wow. Enter ICPCN ...Read more.
Fall has arrived and all of the Halloween activities have me craving pumpkin everything, from pumpkin lattes to baked goods. With our daughter still on a Low FODMAP diet, my old standby recipes won't work. So, I modified one of our favorite pumpkin desserts to meet the diet criteria and successfully turned out a healthy version. This yummy pumpkin cake is low in sugar and gluten-free, yet so delicious! The whole family gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up. Happy Halloween! ...Read more.
JLo and supermodel Gigi Hadid are huge fans. So are Madonna and Beyoncé. LANA Jewelry was created by Lana Bramlette in 2002 when she couldn't find the perfect hoop earrings she was looking for, so decided to design her own. Soon, iconic LA retailer Fred Segal started carrying her designs and the rest is history. We are excited to be teaming up with Neiman Marcus at Scottsdale Fashion Square to host a private showing of the latest collection on November 9th. Roderick Jarnagin of LANA Jewelry will share the history of the company and design inspiration behind the latest looks. Champagne will be served (natch!) along with ...Read more.
We're halfway through October and it's time to book your holiday family photo session -- that is, if you haven't done it already! Photo cards have staying power and are on average kept longer and more often than regular cards. Plus, if you're trying to save time spent sending cards out, companies like Shutterfly and Minted make it easy to upload your mailing list, so they can handle even that step for you. Boom! Love it. We have our photo shoot scheduled for this weekend, so I'm in the midst of finalizing what we'll be wearing, if we want any props and so on. Yes, I am a little behind, but you don't have to be! I'm ...Read more.
by Deirdre Hahn, Lifestyle Contributor | It was 5:00 p.m. last Sunday and I had a grumpy child on my hands. Lilly and I had just arrived home after a frenzied playdate where her friends made terrariums at a local terrarium shop called Ephemera. The store and workspace were the size of a hall closet with no less than 10 humans crammed inside. If HGTV ever makes a show about tiny stores, this place would top the billing. Yet, this store is really amazing… one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” kind of places. Ephemera is where every tiny plastic thing-a-ma-bobber goes after you clean out your kids’ closets ...Read more.
Cancer. The big C. A word that has become all too familiar these days in our world. Most of us know someone that has had it or been impacted by it, survived it or succumbed to it. If you've been reading this blog for the last year, you know that my own beloved mother passed away last December right before Christmas from breast cancer... it still doesn't seem real to me that she's gone from this world. I still think to myself often... I need to tell my mom this! Or I wonder what mom would do? And in the next second I realize I can't call her anymore. I can talk with her in my mind and I do, but of course it's not the same. ...Read more.