Inside Out Movie Review
(The Unintentional Arrogance of Joy)

inside out movie

Last week, my family attended an advance media screening of the Inside Out movie. The movie opens in theaters today (June 19th). Friends have been asking me if they should take their kids to see it. My answer is, "It depends..." Before I go all deep in my analysis of the film, I want to share the opinions of my husband and sons. Reggie (adult): I don't think that the movie is suitable for Continue Reading

Business Decision Makers Can Earn Rewards with ProOpinion

pro opinion

I don't know about your family, but the summer is one of the most expensive times of the year for my family. There are several expenses that I have placed in the family budget (a cruise with my mom, a couple of amusement park trips with Reggie and the boys, a week of camp for Michael, new beds and bedding for the boys, etc.) as I planned for the summer. I need to ask my boss for a summer raise. Continue Reading

Preventing Summer Brain Drain
Percy Jackson Box Set Giveaway


I have been receiving several pitches lately about avoiding or preventing summer brain drain. I must admit that academics will only be a very small part of "Camp Coleman" this summer. Both of my sons do really well academically during the school year and normally their teachers encourage me to just let them enjoy their summer vacations. One thing that the boys do year-round though is read...a lot. Continue Reading

Education Through Music – They Live to Sing!

Sean has a poker face before "living to sing".

I love the Education Through Music (ETM) program at my sons' school. Each year, the school hosts a fall and spring concert where all of the kids get to sing...and we parents get to act like paparazzi. :-) The ETM program really is wonderful and I hope that it continues to spread throughout other schools. I was shocked to learn that over 50% of NYC schools still don't have music programs. In my Continue Reading

Food is Love
(Celebrating My 13th Anniversary with #Pyrex100)

teriyaki ribs

I made one of the best decisions of my life thirteen years ago on June 15th - to say, "I do!" to my wonderful husband Reggie. In addition to saying the standard vows, we wrote our own personal vows. One of the things that I vowed to do was to cook for Reggie and not to order "chicken chow mein prepared spicy" (my favorite dish at the time) too much. Except for during a portion of my pregnancy with Continue Reading