How to Make Brothers Get Along

Why is the sight of this six-colored toy so intimidating? Every time I see one in a store I cautiously rotate a side, silently squeal with rebellion, and then quickly turn it back before I twist it into an unsolvable state. It’s merely a palm-sized cube, but the interlocking faces pivot to reveal seemingly limitless and certainly baffling color combinations.


Somehow Gadget inherited a joy for the pursuit of defeating this puzzle and received a Rubik’s cube for Christmas. He enjoys tangling the colors and spends hours trying to demystify the secret in order to arrange all six sides into matching faces. So, what better way to annoy your older brother than to mess up his Rubik’s cube? Somehow, the unattended cube found its way into Boot’s hands and then we heard the yell. Gadget was furious. Boots had messed up the mechanics and succeeded in getting under his brother’s skin. It’s the age old tension between brothers. Boots never knows whether to annoy, copy, mimic, or admire. I guess that day he chose infuriate.


Always looking for a teachable moment with these boys, I came up with the great idea that Boot’s punishment was to solve the cube for his brother. He couldn’t leave the table until he figured it out. Well, he didn’t figure it out and this argument stretched out beyond the Christmas break. In an attempt to foster teamwork, Hubby modified the punishment and made the boys work together. Boots looked up the right YouTube video, and Gadget implemented the solution. As they made progress I asked Gadget how did he maintain uniform faces while he twisted the cube so much. His matter-of-fact reply, “algorithms.” Well then, excuse me. I’m sufficiently satisfied and impressed. They figured it out together.



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Daniel Fast Breakfast Taco

Hubby whipped this one up. He sauteed black beans with cumin, salt and red pepper flakes and then blended it in the Vitamix. He hand-mashed avocados, lime juice, salt and cilantro to make the guac, and warmed some oven-roasted fingerlings that were leftover in the fridge. I smeared some of the refried beans and guac on a corn tortilla for a protein-rich and Daniel-friendly breakfast.



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This Thermos Saved Us $360

After my recent playground duty experience, I stumbled upon these cute little thermoses on a few lunch tables. Miss C refuses to eat cold food after being spoiled by hot lunches everyday at day care. She looks at you sideways if you even think of packing her a cold lunch. Sandwiches, no! Cheese and crackers, no! PB&J, absolutely not! Don’t even think about bagels and cream cheese. I ordered one immediately and packed it with spaghetti for Miss C yesterday. It actually keeps food hot for four hours which is just long enough to make it to lunch time for her. Of course, after the boys saw the thermos they wanted one as well. Thankfully, they come in a ton of cute designs on diapers.com.


After paying attention to how we spent every dollar paying off our student loans, I would cringe paying $4-5 bucks for Miss C’s lunch at school everyday AND the portions are teeny tiny. When compared to a home packed lunch, we were paying a 50% premium for the convenience it provided. This little thermos has the potential to save us several hundreds of dollars and would fall number one on my list of mommy-approved essentials for pre-schoolers. If you’re looking for other great hacks and finds, check out this new mommy gift guide from the folks at Diapers.com.


Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Quidsi for this blog post OR I received compensation.



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The Best Marriage Advice We Ever Received

Ironically, the best marriage advice we received was also the most crass and straightforward statement ever given to us. We were at a dear friend’s business school going away party which was also her parent’s wedding anniversary celebration. Hubby and I were going through it at the time. He was working on Wall Street which meant his work day ended after the market closed, after the after-work dinner, after he came home and worked some more, and then he was available to change diapers for our then one and three-year-old boys.


My friend’s parents had been married for a gazillion years and had two grown-up children with kids, so we figured they checked the box on being qualified through years of experience. As we enjoyed finger foods, Hubby casually asked “so what’s the best advice you have for a young couple?” to which we hear, “it’s cheaper to keep her.”


Now, at the time I seriously thought he was joking. Here we were, earnestly seeking sage advice for how to reverse the downhill trend our six-year marriage was on. And yet, he summarized decades of marriage wisdom into one frivolous, albeit, pithy rhyme.


What’s ironic is that it’s actually pretty good advice. His advice centered around the fact hardly anything is worse than divorce. I can’t imagine what that experience is like, but I believe there is a cost to it that’s more than financial. By “cheaper,” we believe it meant to include the emotional, physical, and spiritual ramifications of ending a marriage.


What’s the best marriage advice you ever received?








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Pancakes

I love the heartiness of this meal. It’s filling, vibrant and you {almost} don’t even miss the sugar.



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