Fran was born, raised, married, and still lives in Mount Kisco, NY. She has 4 kids, including a teenage daughter, and two precious grandsons, whom she babysits a couple days a week. She also works part time as an accounting clerk, helps run her husband’s excavation business, and lastly aspires to one day finish writing her book. Despite her crazy, busy schedule, she cooks almost every night for her big family, and tries her best to keep up with the dishes! She truly believes spontaneity is the spice of life, and sometimes the very unexpected happens, but it’s usually all for the best. Enjoy her many tales of raising kids over the course of 20 years, what an amazing journey!

The Wonders of a 2-Year-Old

Most of us by now have hit the reset button in our lives in an almost post-pandemic world, maybe even unintentionally. In my case, I stopped working part-time, and my daughter started a new full-time...
night owl

Night Owl or Early Riser?

It’s always been the same for me, from my earliest memory as a child. I always detested waking up in the morning. I did my best to not engage in full conversations with anyone...
powering through

Powering Through Without the Power

The ability to power through is an internal switch that flips when you become a mom (along with the maternal instinct). But the word “power” implies strength and stamina. All of which have been...
nature vs. nurture

Nature vs. Nurture

I have raised three millennials, who are now well-adjusted, generally happy, and successful young adults, or so I'd like to think. And presently, I'm lucky enough to be raising a 16-year-old generation Z member....
time alone

Chasing My Hour Alone

Today I scrapped my third blog post attempt at writing about my kids and my family life and began chasing my hour alone. Today I was interested in just one thing, being alone…for just a...
love of pets

For the Love of Pets

My first positive experience with a pet dates back to my early 20s. I basically had a petless childhood, and only a few encounters with my cousin’s cat caused me to panic and break...
feelings of 2020

Feelings Change

The year we will never forget is now officially over, but all the ways it affected each of us will always be remembered. Even though 2020 is technically in the past when we turned...

Ask Me if I’m Anxious

Ask me if I'm anxious... Apparently, most of us from all different age groups will respond yes to this question at some point in our lives, with about 18% of the general population being diagnosed...
Italian mom

I’m a Stella D’oro Kind of Mom

In recent years, the movement to promote awareness of certain illnesses, conditions, and cultural differences has been successful in uniting and educating each of us. We can stop for a minute and appreciate and...

Coming Home From My Guilt Trip

The start of a new decade has shown us that it's possible to unify and separate an entire world population simultaneously in ways that none of us could ever have imagined. The pandemic, or...