Be Our Guest – Planning the Party (Part 1)

Party Planning My good friend texted me again: “Would you be interested in making costumes….?”!  This time, she had the script of Beauty and the Beast in her hand!  It was her studio’s summer project and she wanted my help on ALL the costumes.  While the offspring would be home for the summer, I eagerly…

Solving the Puzzle of Celebrations and Food Allergies

Food allergies were barely on my radar as a child growing up in Philadelphia. I knew certain families with a shellfish allergy, but shrimp and lobster were foods reserved for big celebrations, not everyday fare. As a newlywed, I distinctly remember the first time a friend spread the word that her young daughter had been…

Tales of the 4th Grade demigods

Tales of the 4th Grade demigods When the female offspring began 4th grade, I assumed it would be a Harry Potter-type of year. My husband and I had read the series and enjoyed the movies, and many of her friends had dressed as Hermione and Harry for several Halloweens in a row. The male offspring…