Shana is a stay at home mama to her and husband, Ben’s, almost three-year-old daughter Ilana. Though challenging, Shana enjoys navigating the demands of ‘Household CEO,’ always on the lookout for the best method to stretch the family budget to include the finer things of family life: kid activities, preschool, fresh and healthy eating options, and, of course, date night opportunities. Expecting another daughter, Miriam, any day, Shana can’t wait to share and reflect on experiences of how going from one child to two will impact the ‘routine’ it’s taken nearly three years to create from the ground up!

Revelations from a Near-Drowning

Mild temperatures on fall days help make San Antonio a wonderful place to live, days with temperatures near 80 degrees in October. Five months ago, we were surrounded by family visiting from out of...

Two Meals, One Chicken

I am always looking for ways to make our groceries stretch a bit further. Below I share two fairly simple and, ingredient-wise, flexible recipes. Generally, I purchase produce that is in season and/or on...

Parenting Classes: Why I am a Believer

As parents, most of us take on the job without training; we usually spend more time preparing for a driver’s license test. ~Kronkosky Charitable Foundation website Parenting classes weren't on our radar, and in fact,...

Parenthood: Round 2

Like many first-time parents, my husband and I prepared as best we could for this journey of uninformed consent. Birthing classes, breastfeeding classes, and childcare classes, we were ready. Fast-forward three blissfully unpredictable years. We...

Great Toy Store Options in San Antonio

With Chanukah sneaking up a bit early this year, I’ve been browsing possible toy options to add to our collection. If you're just looking for toys (and it isn't a general trip to the...

My Healthiest Pick-Me-Up: Feel More Energized and Calm in About 10 Minutes

Our angelic newborn who slept in 6 to 9-hour long stretches just days after leaving the hospital stopped that stellar sleeping habit about two weeks ago. I wonder if it’s a growth spurt, teeth,...

Synergy Studio: Nia Class Review

An Introduction to Nia In the most general definition, Nia teaches you to harness the joy of movement. During the hour-long class, an instructor leads you through choreographed dance routines. The routines vary in style,...

Making Your Own Baby Food (…it’s easier than you think)

Maybe it's because Ilana was our first that we I eagerly, like a child around a candle-alighted birthday cake, anticipated ushered in every milestone. According to what I read at that time, solid foods...


The past month, I have enjoyed reacquainting myself with Kleenhanz towelettes. I actually purchased them back in 2010 when I had Ilana (and at that time bought anything that claimed to safely keep germs...

There’s an App for That (and that, and that…)

“I don’t WANT Playdough;” “I don’t WANT breakfast,” my three-year-old asserts, using every cell in her body to stand her ground. The waitress, distracted with other customers, misses our ‘We’re ready to order’ eye...

Date Night is Doable

Before we had kids, Date Night wasn’t a phrase in our couple lingo—hanging out together in the evening happened every evening because it was just…us. Once upon that unscheduled time, we had date nights...

Murmurs Aren’t Always Sweet–Being Grateful for a Healthy Child

I spend time being grateful. I meditate and scroll through loved ones my family and I are fortunate to have in our lives, but it’s been ages since I have experienced real gratitude, the...