Jen Picciano

Playdate Vetting

How well do you know your kids’ friends and their parents? How well should you? My youngest daughter (3) was recently invited to a classmate’s house for a playdate.  The child’s...

When To Say No

You know that classic interview question: What’s your biggest weakness?  I know mine.  I don’t know when to say NO.  I’m a driven, ambitious person, and I have a serious case...

My Week in Leftovers

My friends always ask: “How do you just look into the fridge and know what to do with random ingredients?” Answer: I brainstorm.  I investigate.  I experiment.  And the...

Fire Drill

My three year old started a fire in our kitchen while we were sleeping.  Do I have your attention? She got ours. We awoke one night to the sound of the smoke alarm.  The piercing noise...

Fishing for compliments

“Say something nice,” I would say as I fought back tears, frustration, or general agitation. “I love you,” he would reply. While I was, and still am, grateful to...

Fun Fall Recipes

The switch has officially flipped in my home.  It feels, looks and smells like fall around here.  Fall flavors are about as distinct as any.  Warm, earthy, and of course…pumpkin spicy...