Juliana is an English teacher, aspiring novelist, and mother to redheaded sons. (No, her husband doesn't have red hair. Yes, it was a surprise!) She grew up in Scarsdale and now teaches at her rival high school - Mamaroneck - where she also lives with her (brown-haired) husband, Mike, and their two (orange-haired, according to Noah) sons, Noah (2016) and Simon (2019). When she has a free moment (haha) she is reading something: YA Romance, humorous essays, poetry, thrillers, student work, and, sometimes, her own works-in-progress.

Spotlight on Westchester :: Mamaroneck

We all love our cozy little corners of Westchester. There are many things to do and see, places to eat, and parks to visit. Who doesn’t love exploring the county and “finding” the kid-friendly...
A boy jumping on the bed.

The Battle of Bedtime, The Siege of Sleep

As an adult, there are few things I look forward to more than the moment my head hits the pillow. And yet, as Jim Gaffigan puts it, to kids, “bedtime is a punishment that...
A family waving goodbye.

Chicken Little Awareness Day and One Family’s Tradition

If you’ve been living in America for any amount of time, you’ll know that we love random days celebrating our favorite things (giving us an excuse to honor and enjoy those things): Hot Dogs,...
Two brothers sitting together.

Second Child: An Adorable Menace?

We all know kids like to play pretend, morphing into dinosaurs or the Paw Patrol and mine are no exception. One day in the car, my two boys were talking about being superheroes, and...
A woman donating blood.

For Valentine’s Day, a Gift from the Heart

It’s impossible to make it through February without seeing the color red or the image of hearts in every store window or browser background. Normally card-company holidays make my eyes roll a bit, but...
A woman doing an at-home workout in her living room.

New Year, New Workouts (from home!)

As the weather gets colder and the pandemic seems to be heating back up (gah!), I feel grateful for one of my 2020 quarantine discoveries: YouTube exercise videos. Back in March of 2020, with...
Woman holding a wrapped book.

The Gift that Won’t Break: Books!

I’ve said it once, and I will say it again: my kids don’t need more toys. The holiday season is here, and with it comes the commercials and the catalogs. As soon as the...
Thanksgiving traditions

Thanksgiving Without the Traditions?

I have never liked Thanksgiving. I’m not sure if it was the lack of candy or presents or that the main meal was made up of food I didn’t like or because I had to...

Life’s Pleasant Surprises: Meet Juliana

I'm the person who, when she sees a coin on the sidewalk, picks it up. It's a habit from my grandfather, who always collected loose change and put them into jars labeled by the...