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Life is good. I had a dream last night about Juno’s Michael Cera. Oh, mamas, its NOT like that. We just enjoy each other’s company. I tell him how funny and talented he is. He tells me how talented and funny I am. It was only coffee.

Plus, 3 year-old Dylan and I have been in a cool groove. Yesterday, I came up with the brilliant idea that I stole from someone else to give each other foot massages. First, we did some yoga poses and during our shavasana, we did lavender lotion foot rubs. DEE-vine.

Later in the day, she turns to me and says, “Do you know Jagger?” Jagger is a boy with adorable shaggy hair and a heartbreaker face from her preschool class.

Me: Yes, honey, I do.

Dylan: How did you meet him?

Me: We were at a cocktail party together and a mutual friend introduced us. He’s a writer too. We may collaborate on a project together.

Me (for real): I met him at preschool honey. Just like you.

Dylan: I like Jagger.

Me: Me too. Seems like a cool little boy.

This preschool just happens to be tucked between a firehouse with handsome, ready to save you in a moment because you think it’s ok to leave mail on the stovetop, firefighters AND a Joe’s coffee house. With a location like that who cares if your kid can recognize shapes and letters? There are more important things people.

So Monday we leave for a week in Florida to visit Rick’s 371 relatives in Boca, all of whom still call him “Ricky.” The Jewish people just really seem to love that Boca. Warm breezes, sunshine, maybe some golf, a little mahjong, a quick snooze and a mid afternoon dinner. Not too shabby sista. But it’s the getting there that does me in.

The packing. I can’t even talk about it. The schlepping to the airport. The argument with Rick on the way to the airport because HE has we’re-going-to-miss-our-flight anxiety. The argument with Rick on the plane because I have this-plane-is-too-big-to-fly and I’m-sure-the-pilot-is-12-years-old-and-drunk-and-doesn’t-even-have-a-pilot’s-license anxiety. I’d actually feel better if I was flying the plane myself. No, I don’t have control issues. Why would you possibly think that?!

But I’m hoping Dylan will watch Elmo, Summer will crawl all over her boyfriend Rick and I will read Elle Magazine. If you don’t hear much from me next week, please know I’m just wrapped up in a super tense match of shuffleboard. Those senior Boca gals can be fierce.

And so far my fave moment of 2008. It will be a hard one to surpass. 13 month-old Summer starting to walk (please ignore all the drool on her shirt).


mama bird notes

So I hear all the hip mummys are shopping at The Little Seed. Never heard of it?! Click on drooling over this.

The results of our latest mama poll are in. So what do you and your spouse do after a fight? 70% of you just apologize, make up and go back to enjoying each other’s company. How civil! 13% simmer and brew in an attempt to build a lifetime of resentment. 9% drop it and pretend it never happened. Another 4% apologize, make up and head to the bedroom for more making up. And I thought make-up sex was rampant! Guess not. Finally, 4% of you claim to never fight. How is that possible? I just don’t know. Check out our latest poll. Just click on your mama says what?

Rachel W. (a self-described schwag-whore) won the mama bird giveaway! Couldn’t have happened to a nicer schwag-whore. Really.

Thank you to Little Green Star, Butterfly Buggas, Francesca Segrè, Kristen Maas + Herbal Serenity Show of Hands Instant Manicure and Sephora. You all rule.


In our next mama bird giveaway, one lucky birdie will win this super cool Mutsy Spider Stroller. Oh my gosh, I love this ride. Beautifully designed, light weight, folds easily and an amazing travel stroller. Best of all, it’s clean and new! No crushed raisins, cracker bits or ice scream stains. Isn’t that dreamy? Details to come après-Boca.

16 Responses to feelin’ groovy

  • Megan says:

    Yeah Summer! Claire is beginning to cruise around which makes life around the house quite a bit crazier. Let’s get together when you get back from Boca! Enjoy the family and the sun!

  • Jordana says:

    Too funny – where did you meet him answer! Okay, you finally got me to send the blog – I want that stroller – and with one on the way, shouldn’t it really be mine?? BTW, love the early bird reference – no mention of Florida is complete without mentioning the INSANE eating times. When my Dad (the lucky recipient of this link) goes down there and he makes dinner plans with friends in discussing times he cautions them “I don’t even want to HEAR the word SIX!”

  • Jordana says:

    PS: Just finished a memoir by Juno’s screenwriter, Cody Diablo, “Candy Girl – A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper” – funny and interesting in a purient kind of way. AND it was under $5 in Barnes and Noble (not to mention that I actually got my educator discount! The woman asked me if I was planning to use it in the classroom. “Yes,” I earnestly replied, “I teach AP Psych.” After reading this book you’ll see why that’s even more ridiculous).

  • Francine Kasen says:

    Dylan and Jaggar !?! Yikes. Jenny is in Boynton (near Boca) right now and beaching, golfing, eating sushi, sunbathing and reading very bog school books. Not a bad MLK holiday! Have fun in suuny land!

  • Here’s a plug for Frontier air, which we flew to Mexico–tv for every seat. My kids, of our typically zero-tv household, were glued to sponge bob while sucking down their free doritos. Whooo Hoooo! Me? I read 1/2 my book!

  • Tully's Mama says:

    Congrats to Summer – are you ready for two movers? It’s on now. RE: the Michael Cera subject – my husband and I watched Superbad last night for 1st time. I was doing Chardonnay spit-takes every other line. Love it.

  • Kristen says:

    Have a great trip! FL sounds fabulous as it was -12 here this morning (-35 with wind chill). Enjoy the sunshine state!

  • Michelle says:

    A.) Love the stroller / need the stroller
    b.) You go Summer with your bad big girl self.
    c.) I can’t wait to read the Blog from Boca. You have to borrow a computer mid week, there is just too much material here!! 🙂

  • Kimberly says:

    yay summer!!!!!! so exciting! ok ladies.. back off my stroller! don’t you think as family and having just had a baby, i totally deserve this???? come on! where is nepotism when you need it??? ps. told jaggers mommy that he got a shout out on mbd!

  • Auntie T says:

    Yeah!!! Summer…you go girl! Go easy on all the Boca grannys chasing after you!!!
    Have fun in the sun!
    As for the “gonna miss our flight” jitters, I am finally able to roll with leaving EARLY for the airport for Dana’s sake. If it were up to me, I’d Always be the last one on the plane. So here is my secret:
    I save the payback for when I’ve kept Dana waiting to leave for a party because “my hair just won’t do the do or can’t find anything to wear, etc. He backs off right away!!! In fact, he’s mostly cool about it now. He knows!

  • Jessi says:

    Congrats on the walking, Summer!! yay! Drool shmool! We never saw a dry shirt until…oh wait,the 2 yr molars are coming in now, so let me get back to you on that.
    Have a blast in Boca with Ricky and the girls!

kelcey kintner