Blame It On Barney

By Estelle Sobel Erasmus My daughter has a passion for the color purple. If an article of clothing doesn't have some shade of purple in it, forget about it. She shakes her little head, tendrils of curls flying around, and says, "no, mommy. I want the purple shirt...purple pants...purple socks...purple backpack...purple sneakers." Ok Ok. I get it. … Continue Reading ››

Don’t Throw Your Child’s Party Before You Read This!

By Estelle Sobel Erasmus   Planning my now three-and-a-half year old's birthday party every year usually takes on all the stealth of a military mission. Cake ordered. Check. Dora topper for cake that birthday girl-to-be requested. Check again.  Every day it seems another item is ordered, planned or purchased. And it goes on and on until the very moment … Continue Reading ››

How to Take a Great Picture

By Estelle Sobel Erasmus With the holiday season just two short months away, my mind has been on where will we hold our annual holiday card photo shoot. For the past two years, we've had a professional photographer take our shots, after an initial disappointing experience at a local factory studio (yes, the one near Sears). We've … Continue Reading ››