Jen Picciano

Keep Dating Your Spouse

Did you think you were done with dating when you got married? Not so. I’m not suggesting you go fill out a new online dating profile.  But resist the urge to mail it in once the...

Summer Date Night Ideas

Don’t default to dinner and a movie all summer long.  Northeast Ohio is full of great summertime date night options.  If you get a night away from the kids, are exploring a new...

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...