I didn't grow up with a best friend. I grew up with the kids of my parents' friends. We did everything together, but we were far enough apart in age and life experiences that we never got emotionally very...
You’re basically living the lyrics straight out of Alanis’s "Ironic," I think to myself. This is a vacation you’ve waited for, counted down for months, weeks, and then finally, days. And yet, here you are: tears streaming down your...

Let Them Be Animals

From the age of one until about year 11, my daughter was a cat. She meowed, cleaned her face with her paws, and scampered around the house, chasing yarn and toy mice. I’d be lying if I said that...
In a sea of sameness, it’s good to be different. At least that’s what we like to tell ourselves, right?  My daughter and I took a trip to the American Girl® store in New York City, which is truly an...
It has been 10 years since I last saw my dad, a decade since I have heard his voice and held his hand. An eternity since I’ve been his little girl. My husband and I got married four months before...
Ladies, I have a proposition: let’s lose the labels. I’m not talking about the designer variety, although I love a good designer label. I’m talking about mommy labels. You know the type, right? "Working mom," "stay-at-home mom," "work-from-home mom,"...
My parents were very private about their political opinions when I was growing up with my siblings, and with that privacy came a gaping hole in political discussion. In fact, whenever someone started talking about presidential candidates during an...
  We'd decided to adopt from the foster care system eight years ago. With hundreds of thousands of children in need of their forever homes, we felt this would be the best route for us to complete our family. As part...
Springtime brings new life with every turn of the corner, from a multitude of colors gracing our flowerbeds to those bright yellow fluffy chicks that are hatching daily in incubators around preschools everywhere. From sidewalk chalk pictures lining the...
My favorite number is three, and this year I turned 33. Leading up to my birthday I thought that since I was turning my favorite number I should plan an elaborate weekend of my favorite things. A restaurant tour...
Whether you're strolling down the River Walk, enjoying Fiesta, or visiting Mi Tierra or some other Mexican restaurant, it's hard not to encounter mariachi music in San Antonio. While Mexico is the birthplace of this unique music genre, the...
La música de mariachi es otra vez ‘cool’: sus orígenes, su importancia y sus raíces para San Antonio Ir al Paseo del Río, asistir a los eventos de Fiesta San Antonio, visitar Mi Tierra o algún restaurante mexicano, muchas veces...
Maybe it’s an evolutionary side effect of being the ones who give birth to and nourish our offspring, but in case you haven’t noticed, women are tough. And fortunately for everyone else in the house, we don’t get sick....
Snowballing. Spiraling. Treading water, while barely keeping my head up. Running, without a chance to catch my breath.  That is how many of my days as a mother feel. If I stop for only a moment, I'll be overrun by...

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Tackling your holiday shopping with twinkling lights, music and fun, perhaps even with a drink in hand? Yes, please! If you want to actually...