This time of year it’s always such fun to go apple picking and pumpkin picking.  I’m not a great baker but it’s become a ritual to make loaves of apple bread and pumpkin bread and, of course, roasted pumpkin seeds.  It’s not just the experience of picking the apples that makes them taste better – […]

I recently made a bet with my babysitter that within two weeks of the kids starting school at least one of them would have the flu, a stomach bug or just a bad cold.  I was wrong — it actually took three weeks.   With three kids in the house it’s inevitable that we have our […]

My daughter Kelsey started kindergarten this week.  She loved everything about it except taking the bus home after school. Unfortunately we’re the last house on the bus run so she was by herself which was a little frightening for her.  Of course I told her I’d pick her up from school instead.  It turns out […]

This past weekend my husband and I took a mini vacation.  When we came out of our hotel room we found a boy who looked to be about five years old standing in the middle of the hall.  When I asked him where his mom and dad were he said that he had left his […]

I’ve blogged about this before but it’s such an important issue I need to get the word out again.  It appears as if a 6 year old boy in Greenwich, CT drowned over the weekend after becoming entrapped in the drain of an in-ground pool. As parents, summer should be a time to look forward […]

I was talking to some friends this weekend about the recall of the Easy Bake Oven – one of my absolute favorite toys growing up. I was amazed to find out how many of my friends with teenage daughters still have their Easy Bake Ovens in a closet somewhere.  The same was true for the […]

On Tuesday a 7 1/2 month-old baby died when he rolled between a bed mattress and a wall. A U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission survey revealed that there are, on average, 64 deaths per year of children under the age of 2 from sleeping in an adult bed.  This is a tragedy that hits close […]

Last week a 4 year old boy drowned at an amusement park in Santa Clara, California.  A teenage girl was killed in Wisconsin after falling 40 – 50 ft from a bungee-jumping ride.  And several weeks ago a 13-year old girl had her ankles severed off at a Six Flags in Kentucky.  What’s going on??? […]

Last year, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla) introduced legislation to help protect our children around pools.  It failed by nine votes during the last few hours the House of Representatives was in session.  Rep. Wasserman Schultz is now reintroducing the bill.  Entitled The Pool and Spa Safety Act (HR 1721), the legislation would provide […]