Rachel is a mother of 5, a wife of a recovering congestive heart failure patient, a runner, a sewist, a teacher, a dog mom: you know ALL THE THINGS! She has lived in the South her whole life. She even teaches High School at her Alma Mater! She is a member of Temple Israel and can be found spending time driving back and forth between schools, ballet, swim team and synagogue. She is also in grad school to get her EdS, and her kids range in age from 16-2, so they stay busy!! In her "spare time" Rachel works on various sewing and embroidery projects.

True Confessions of a Planner Addict

I have a confession: I am a planner addict. There, I said it. Confessing is the first step to .... well, I don't want to change... Honestly, I have no idea how my life functioned without a...
Memphis Moms Blog Hanukkah food post

Eat Some Latkes! And Other Things Foodies Like about Hanukkah!

Hanukkah is fraught with debates. How to spell Hanukkah, how to properly light the hannukiah, how and how many gifts you should give, whether you should have applesauce or sour cream with latkes, and...
Memphis Moms Blog dear machine moms

Dear Machine Moms

Dear Machine Moms (and Dads), I'm talking to the helicopters, lawn mowers, landscapers, airplanes, ambulances, and all the other cute names we have for parents that are overly involved in their children's lives.... Please stop. As both...

Confession of a Mom from the Bathtub

Before I tell you about my attempt at a beautiful, hot, bubbly, calm, relaxing bath, let me remind you that I am married, have 4 dogs, 5 kids (17, 15, 7, 6, & 3),...

Rosh Hashanah :: Happy New Year!

Good New Year! L'Shana Tovah! So many of my friends send me this message during this week, but many of them do not know what the Jewish New Year is all about. This is a...

5 Things about 5 Kids

A little list about things I hear, and things I think about having 5 kids! Yes, they’re all mine.  You would not believe the number of times that my husband and/or I get this...

The First 10 days of Trying Whole30

So, what is Whole30? Whole30 is a 30 day plan of being completely and totally sugar free. Seriously. Sugar free. Black coffee. NO SUGAR. It's only whole foods. And usually described as some kind of...

Welcome to our Seder!

Seder can mean two different things: either the Seder, the prayer service, or the meal after. Both are beautiful traditions: full of sounds, smells, and tastes, often not together at any other time, but...

What is this Holiday :: Passover?

And while we’re at it, why is it called that? These are great questions! Passover is the celebration of the Jews' liberation from Egypt. Passover is celebrated on the 15th day of Nisan and lasts 7...

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hannukkah! Happy Channukkah! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Chanukka! Sameach Hanukkah! Whichever one you prefer, Happy Hanukkah to you and yours! The story of Hanukkah is that the Greeks were trying to desecrate the Temple to push...