Wednesday, December 28, 2011

gingerbread carnage

No matter how fast he runs, the gingerbread man always gets eaten.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

What a 2-year-old really wants for Christmas

Friday, December 23, 2011


I found Donny Osmond waiting for me in bed last night.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

easy, not-too-sweet sugar cookies

I recently modified an old sugar cookie recipe to make them a little less sugary. These are buttery and delicious, and still plenty sweet, especially if you decorate them with frosting and sprinkles :) They're just not overwhelmingly rich or gritty. You can also use this dough to roll out and cut shapes. Just reduce your baking time.

The Daily B's Sugar Cookies
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks), softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour (unbleached)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt and mix until dough forms. 

Chill the dough for an hour (at least), and then form into balls and flatten slightly with a spoon or glass. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet @375 for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown. 

Makes about 5 dozen.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

choosing a christmas tree

Friday, December 16, 2011

how a 2-year-old drinks from a water fountain


holiday photo sessions

This fall I had the chance to photograph several families. I am first and foremost a writer... but photography is a natural extension of storytelling, and I was thrilled to help these families tell their stories. I always warn my clients I'm not a "sit still and say cheese!" kind of photographer. My favorite shots are the ones where one kid is frowning or being silly. I love capturing moments that people don't always see.

I struggle a little bit with offering professional photography, because my idea of beauty might differ from my clients' ideas. I find imperfection beautiful. I find raw emotion beautiful. I don't want to ever disappoint someone with my vision of beauty. 

So I thought I'd share some of my favorite shots from recent sessions:

Sorry. I had to throw in this last one of Miles, my perfectly imperfect kid :)

I'm curious what you think. What style of photography do you like? Are your favorite family photos posed or candid? Smiling or not? Do you have any shots of your kids being messy or grumpy or...?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

when it rains, we splash

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

debut performance

I am NOT cut out to be a stage mom. In fact, I went into this whole recital thing dragging my heels. Dress rehearsals?! New shoes?! Costumes??! I have to curl her hair?! Bah! We don't even own hairspray! Humbug!  

That is, until I saw THIS, and my heart melted:

I saw how much B relished the experience. My child who is usually unfocused, easily distracted, lost in her own imagination, was completely rapt for the entire show. She focused completely on what her teacher told her to do. Her class danced to White Christmas. Arabesque. Plie. Chasse. The singing and waving was a little extra touch B threw in.

And the show didn't end when we left the theater. She danced her way to the car. She danced throughout the house. She asked if she could wear her costume to bed.

"Can we curl my hair every day, Mommy?"

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

what the kids want for christmas

Today, we saw that jolly old icon of Christmas. No, not Jesus. The other guy. 

Bronwynn gave him a thanksgiving card and told him she wanted fairy clothes. On the way home, I asked the kids what they want for Christmas. Here's what they said:

"I need new fairy clothes. Mine are all broken." (not true)
"For Christmas, Mommy, I want you to come to my classroom and draw a picture for me."
"I need new band-aids."
"I want that pink fishing stick like Daddy." (Did I mention we saw Santa at BassPro Shop?)
(whispers) "Miles, tell Santa you want princesses for Christmas."

"No! I don't like princess. I play my cars!"
"Hi Santa. Nice to meet you."
"I like pink trucks."

So, there you have it. Interestingly, not a single item they mentioned is on their perpetual lists.

Monday, December 5, 2011

handmade holidays & elephant journal

Things have been busy over here at The Daily B.

Good things. All good things. Among them: My DIY advent garland was included in an e-book called "Handmade Holidays," published by Hewlett-Packard. Click the link below to download your very own (free) copy. It's full of great tips and crafty ideas. (We're on page 5)

Also, my recent post about sleep deprivation (that never-ending beast!) is featured over at ELEPHANT JOURNAL. Please hop over there and leave a comment or like/tweet so they know you stopped by :)

You, dear readers, are awesome. It means the world to me when I hear that something I've written or a photograph I posted connected with you, made you laugh, or made you feel less alone in the world. I am blessed to be part of such a very, very large circle of friends. Thank you!

Thursday, December 1, 2011


"Daddy, my heart is telling me I need to wear my flip flops today."
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