Clear Surfaces, Clear Mind. Part Two: Decluttering the Piano

It’s been over a month since I started this series, and, as if it senses its imminent demise, the clutter has accumulated with ferocity.  Okay, I know this has more to do with the insanely busy schedule I’ve had this past month (the concert was lovely, I will bli neder post about it sometime in… Continue reading Clear Surfaces, Clear Mind. Part Two: Decluttering the Piano


The dishes can wait

I had a major headache today.  You know, the kind that you can feel coming on a few days in advance.  Yeah, one of those. Unfortunately, I was a little too busy to take it easy.  Also, my husband was out-of-town Sunday night, which always messes up my schedule.  As in, I stay up way… Continue reading The dishes can wait


Eggplant Parmesan, or something like it

I’ve been married for nearly three years (our anniversary is next month!), and it’s only in recent months that I’ve mustered up the courage to, wait for it, make food without following a recipe.  My cookbooks were my lifeline to making edible food.  Without guidelines to follow, I felt all panicky and insecure.  How long… Continue reading Eggplant Parmesan, or something like it

Home stuff

Top o’ the fridge to you

I’ve only been married for about two-and-a-half years, so I’m still getting the hang of this whole “domestic maven” thing.  I mean, who knew that an apartment inhabited only by a wife, husband and toddler could get so dirty?  Where does this dirt come from?  I don’t remember inviting it in. One thing which I’m… Continue reading Top o’ the fridge to you


Warning: Do not lead with the cheese puffs

I had a plan for Little Man’s dinner the other day.  I was warming up a very yummy (I thought) cheese sandwich in the toaster oven, but he was hungry right now.  So I put him in his high chair and gave him some of the cheese puff things that I usually reserve for bribery… Continue reading Warning: Do not lead with the cheese puffs



Being a SAHM (Stay-at-Home-Mom.  Who thought of these acronyms?  They’re both convenient and annoying) is a luxury.  After working part-time last year, I really appreciate the freedom of being at home without many outside pressures on my schedule.  I’ve also been spoiled by Little Man’s independence (do you think I could write this much if… Continue reading Priorities

Torah Tuesdays

Torah Tuesdays – Be Present

Welcome back to Torah Tuesdays!  Here is installment #2: This time of year, between Pesach and Rosh Hashanah, it’s customary to read one chapter of Pirkei Avos each Shabboszt”l) developed an excellent class series on these ways, which he called the 48 Ways to Wisdom. Today’s blog is taken from the first way, as seen… Continue reading Torah Tuesdays – Be Present

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

the Rav strikes again

Neve campus As usual, Rabbi Moshe Chalkowski doles out simple, practical and brilliant advice.  After reading his latest Questions & Answers email, one particular eitzah jumped out at me:   Question 3: How can I learn to become neat and organized?  My entire life has been one big organizational bad habit. Answer 3: Organization is… Continue reading the Rav strikes again

Home stuff

Maintaining Sanity in a Small Apartment

We live in a two-bedroom apartment, and with a curious toddler, it soon became apparent that it’s oh so important to keep things accessible yet out of reach for little hands.  Also, with the limited space, I find that clutter builds very, very quickly.  Over the course of the past year or so, I’ve slowly… Continue reading Maintaining Sanity in a Small Apartment